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Thai

The Thai is a medium sized cat, robust and cobby in build, but never large or coarse. Alert and attractive, they have a heart shaped face with large, mobile ears. The Thai cat is a shorthaired cat breed that has a flat, short coat that is really soft in texture. They have a wedge-shaped muzzle, ears that are broad at the base, and a long, flat forehead that distinguishes it from other pointed breeds.

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Needs high-level of enrichment including simulated hunting games and interactive play
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Very talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

There are no common disorders reported for the Thai breed at present.  

Key Facts

Lifespan:  12 – 18 years
Weight:  3.5 – 5.5kg
Colours: Lilac or Blue Point.

Ratings

Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise: 4/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Grooming Needs: 2/5
Shedding: 3/5
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History and Origins

Country of Origin: Thailand

The Thai cat breed originated in Thailand, where it is actually referred to as the Wichien-Maat, which translates to “moon diamond.” This breed is also commonly referred to as the Traditional, or Old-Style, Siamese. 

The Thai (Blue Point and Lilac) originated in 1989 from a litter of Korat kittens in the UK. To the breeder’s surprise, one of the kittens wasn’t blue as Korats are, but a pinky shade. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, more white or pink kittens appeared, and it eventually became clear that Korats carried recessive genes for the Lilac and Blue Point colours. 

Recessive genes like these can stay hidden for many generations. The Lilac gene dilutes coat colour to the pinky-beige, and the Blue Point gene restricts colour to the extremities of the cat (the legs, ears, nose and tail).
 

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Personality

The Thai can be talkative, though in a less demanding or strident way than other foreign type cats. Thai cats will strongly bond with their families.  They are very person oriented, liking to be involved in everything their human is doing, in a ‘helpful’ or at least, supervisory way. Don’t be surprised if you have to fish your Thai cat out of your bath or of their paws out of your coffee fairly regularly. 

Thai cats are also intelligent, clever and talkative, often telling their owners how they feel. Unlike many cats, Thai cats are notably fond of travelling, though their preference would be to be loose in the car, which is of course not safe.
 

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