Thai cat is also known as Traditional Siamese cat. This is because the Siamese looked like this until the beginning of the twentieth century. Then changes were made to the exterior, and the breed became known as Thai. The Thai cat attracts attention with its colorful point-to-point color, which is complemented by expressive blue eyes. And those who are lucky to get to know Thais better appreciate them for their high intelligence and wonderful character.
Thai cats in ancient times were the favorites of kings. In addition, they were considered a kind of "guardians" of the monasteries, and as a reward for devotion, as legend has it, they were endowed with blue eyes the color of a clear sky. The heroes of legends - Thais were the descendants of the elusive cats of ancient Ayutthaya - the historical capital of Thailand. They guarded the monasteries and temples, as well as the master's houses from evil spirits, so they deified the animals and respected them. No specific historical information about Thais was preserved. This is almost the oldest breed, the origin of which is shrouded in mystery.
Thai cats, known for their gentle humility and the ability to sincerely love a person, this has long attracted the interest of breeders. Whoever has ever brought a Thai is unlikely to choose a cat of a different breed in the future. So firmly they settle in the heart.
The birthplace of Thai cats, which is not surprising, is Thailand. The earliest references to cats that look like Thai date back to the fourteenth century. The first specimens of Thai cats were introduced to Europe in 1870, when Europeans became interested in such a refined breed. It is believed that the cat Pho and the cat Mia (the first Thai cats) - the king of Siam gave the British general Owen Gould, whom he brought them to the UK, thereby ushering in a new breed.
In the 20s of the twentieth century, cats from Great Britain came to America. Thai cat fashion reached Russia in the mid-60s of the twentieth century.
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The appearance of modern representatives of Thai cats is often striking in their impeccable color, as well as the elegance of their movements. Thai cats are often confused with Siamese cats because of a similar color, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that they are completely different.
The dense, muscular body of a Thai cat is quite difficult to confuse with graceful, slightly long Siamese cats. It is quite large and strong. The head, in the shape of an equilateral triangle, looks somewhat broad. Small ears (again - in comparison with Siamese cats) are set wide and straight, as if on the sides of the "triangle". Their tips are neatly rounded. An additional charm to the Thai cat is given by very expressive large eyes, similar to a lemon in shape, bright blue. Typical Thais are allowed to have a slight squint. Neat, tidy little paws spring great on the ground. Thai cats also have a not too long straight tail.
Thai cat is short-haired. To the touch, the coat is silky and very soft, the undercoat is very poorly developed. The typical color for Thai cats is called point. “Socks” on the paws, “mask” on the muzzle and tail are painted in one of the colors: cream, black, gray or brown. The remaining parts of the body, as a rule, are darker: plain or “tabby”. Breeders have actively worked on a variety of Thais and received a ton of other colors:
- Force point. A peculiar color in which the muzzle and limbs of the animal are painted in dark brown. A Thai cat of this shade has an almost black muzzle.
- Tabby point. The difference in color in a white body and striped muzzle with limbs.
- Red point A hue of red on the legs, face, ears, and white body.
- The white color of the Thai cat in combination with a gray-blue tint on the face, legs. This is one of the rarest species.
- Purple color. It is characterized by a cold lilac shade on the muzzle, limbs.
- Turtle shade. It is found in combinations of black and red, gray, cream.
- Cream color. A white body with a cream shade and a darker shade (sometimes striped) on the muzzle, legs.
- Blue point. Thai cat with this color has a dark gray shade of paws, muzzle, tail, and a bluish tint of the body.
- Chocolate. The body is darkish (ivory), limbs, muzzle - light brown.
Nature and behavior
Representatives of Thai cats are incredibly energetic, reminiscent of a perpetual motion machine. With age, their activity practically does not decrease. They love to play and, in the absence of any toys, will be happy to occupy themselves with the surrounding trifles. In every corner, under each bed - everywhere, a curious pet fancies something new and entertaining. And he will not back down until he reveals some secret and comprehends the essence of the discovery. Moving towards the disclosure of a mystery, curious Thais do not know fear. Therefore, irrepressible animals often get injured. Gradually getting used to the sounds of a vacuum cleaner, they will certainly begin to study the terrible car, sniffing and touching it with its paws. Solving the secrets of the universe, they will learn everything on their own. Sometimes a mustache can singe, approaching a boiling kettle or a lit candle, and jumping from a great height behind an object of interest to them, injure the paws and nose. Thai cats are not afraid of height, but, like representatives of other breeds, they can get hurt badly by landing poorly.
Satisfy the inquisitive mind of your Thai in every way, teaching him something new and interesting. This breed is easy to train. Little kittens quickly grasp what and where they can do, and what is forbidden. These animals are very “athletic”, but cats are the most mobile and learn different skills faster than cats.
Thai cat is a very talkative creature. In her vocabulary are several dozen shades of voice and each sound has a certain meaning. Among other things, it is noted that Thais have rich facial expressions. The faces that they like to wriggle leave few indifferent. The emotions of animals are immediately reflected in their blue-eyed muzzles. If a pet is sad, worried, or suddenly wants to play pranks, becoming interested in something - everything will become clear to you as soon as you look at it. They cannot be held in one place. Animals want to keep abreast of everything that happens in the house and control the actions of the owner. Trying to help a person, a pet can only prevent him from making a bed, sweeping the floor or moving furniture, turning these activities into a fun game.
Sociable and affectionate most of the day, Thai cats still love to "walk on their own." Thais are moderately curious, but have a fairly high intelligence. They listen very well to the team and generally give in to training, but they are hard to cope with outright pressure on their own personality and are able to respond with aggression.
Thai, as, indeed, Siamese cats are surrounded by the myth of their incredible anger and uncontrolled aggression. But in fact, all the bad mood of Thais is nothing more than whims. And it happens to them no more often than to representatives of other breeds of the cat family.
Independent and fearless - these are the epithets that characterize the Thai breed of cats. It is worth knowing that they have a good memory for grievances. An open revenge may not follow, but a favorable attitude on the part of the animal in the near future will definitely not have to wait. In addition, these animals monitor the general order of the house and quickly “report” to the owners about its violation. Thanks to them, you can find out about burning food, water leakage and other household troubles.
Living in a family, a Thai cat chooses her beloved master herself, and will obey him in everything. For her, the emotional component of her interaction with a person is an important aspect. The animal is very attached to the owner, requires reciprocity from him, hard experiences separation. Therefore, if your lifestyle involves frequent absences - make a Thai cat a friend.
The Thai must have a private secluded place and a lot of toys in the house. Curious cats will not calm down until they figure out her device, and then usually lose interest in her and will soon be on the verge of new discoveries. The cat’s attention may be attracted, for example, by a slightly opened nightstand, where it will definitely look and check what is in it.
Conflictless Thais perfectly establish contact with all surrounding people and other domestic animals. They can communicate with anyone, just to not be left alone.Get along very well with children, even with small ones. They calmly endure any attempts by the child to tear off any limb. Thai cat can be the best nanny for the baby. She is anxious about a human baby. If the parents don’t hear the baby’s crying, the sensitive cat will come running and tell me with a loud meow that they should approach him. And she will be very grateful if the owners are also attentive to her babies.
Thais do not require complicated care, it all comes down to the regular implementation of simple hygiene procedures. Overripe hairs must be removed from time to time. You can wet your hands with plain tap water and iron the Thais from head to tail. All excess wool will simply stick to your hands. Thick brushes are usually used during molting or before preparing for an exhibition. Thais bathe as necessary, usually once every few months or again before the exhibition. It is important to choose special cosmetics for soft cat hair. Once a week, inspect and clean the auricle. Every 3-4 weeks, claws are trimmed. It is also advisable to accustom a cat to regular brushing. To prevent injuries, it is better to keep windows open only if there is a mosquito net.
Proper nutrition is the key to the health and well-being of any cat. It is important that the diet is necessarily balanced. The lack of certain nutrients is also harmful to the cat, as their excess. The easiest way to achieve this is by choosing a good feed. For Thais, super-premium food or holistic class for active cats are suitable.
Most Thai cats are not prone to overeating and overweight, in addition, they are very active, because two meals a day is not the best option. It is advisable to feed Thais 4-5 times a day in small portions. When it comes to finished feeds, you can leave a bowl of food in the public domain. The owner can only make sure that the bowl is not empty and the quality of the feed. The same goes for water.
Health and Life Expectancy
Thai cats are real centenarians, often they live to a fairly advanced age - 18-20 years. They have strong immunity at the genetic level, but do not forget about the necessary vaccinations, and treatments for external and internal parasites.
Some members of the breed are predisposed to certain diseases:
- malignant tumors of the mammary gland;
- liver amyloidosis;
It is important that you show your cat to your veterinarian immediately if you experience any symptoms of any kind of disease.
How to choose a Thai cat kitten
Thinking about buying a kitten, you should decide: what Thai cat is needed: really purebred, which corresponds to the description of the breed and character or looks similar. Thai cat is not the most popular breed, but very common. There are many nurseries, but even more unfortunate breeders who decided to “recapture” the value of their Thais (not always of high class, and sometimes of dubious origin) or make some money. Thanks to this, the number of "thoroughbred Thais" is growing at a very attractive price.
The only sign that the kitten belongs to the breed is a metric or pedigree! No “pure-bred, undocumented parents,” “similar,” or “very similar” parents are breed attributes.
It is better to take the baby personally. In this case, it will be possible to assess the conditions of the babies, observe them at home, see their parents. Small kittens are born completely white by the age of 1.5 months. The point color, which finally forms by the age of 2, begins to wither. A healthy Thai cat kitten is an energetic brisk little animal with a flat tail, without thickenings and creases, apparently healthy with clean ears and eyes. Not aggressive, not shy and inquisitive no less than an adult animal. A good breeder will never give up a kitten younger than 2.5 months without vaccination. At this age, small Thais should be accustomed to the scratching post, tray and people.
The cost of kittens varies widely. The cheapest: kids of a pet class (not for exhibitions and breeding) cost an average of 25,000 rubles. Promising kittens for shows or breeding usually cost from 35,000 rubles. Also on sale, you can sometimes find adult Thais bred from breeding and of course kittens without documents of origin similar to Thais at a price of up to 5,000 rubles.
The gallery contains photos of adult cats and kittens of the Thai cat breed (Traditional Siamese cat).