Thai cat is a majestic and graceful cat. Outwardly resembles a Siamese cat, which is explained by the presence of a relationship between them. Among other breeds stands out for its piercing blue eyes and wayward character. This breed is very popular.
The breed began its history in Thailand. It was bred from the traditional Siamese breed by breeding, which is why representatives of the Thai breed are outwardly quite similar to the Siamese. The color, shape of the muzzle and body was changed.
Initially, the Siamese and Thai cats were considered a single breed, but in the twentieth century, it was decided to give each of them an official status. The separation between Thais and Siamese occurred in the 19th century, when cats were introduced to Europe. At that time, they were forbidden to export from Asia, but two kittens were presented as a gift to a general from the UK. Through time and in Germany, Thais officially took a separate place in the list of cat breeds.
At the moment, the breed is classified by two standards:
Differences between Thai and Siamese cats
The main differences between Thais and Siamese cats:
- Thais have a more massive body, the body of the Siamese elongated, slender.
- The Thai breed has slightly rounded tip of the ears, the Siamese - pointed.
- There are clear differences in the face. The Thai cat is round, the Siamese one is elongated.
- There are differences in the section of the eyes: in Thai cats they are rounded, and in Siamese breeds they are pointed.
- Thais have shorter and more powerful legs.
Thai cats have their advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, before you get a pet, you should carefully study the description of the appearance and nature of the future pet, so as not to be mistaken with the choice of breed.
Animals are flexible in behavior and unpretentious in nutrition, provided that they are treated with respect. They are extremely smart.
Thai cat standard
There is a standard regarding the appearance of Thai cats:
- Body: medium sized. Muscular but graceful physique. Clear proportions. Weight 5-8 kg.
- Head: according to the WCF standard, it is round, on no side should be flat or hollow. According to the TICA standard: the head is longer than wide but not narrow.
- Eyes: deep blue color.
- Ears: medium length, wide, with rounded ends.
- Muzzle: wedge shape. Massive, but not protruding chin, which creates a vertical strip with the nose.
- Legs: medium length, graceful shape, well-built, medium size.
- Wool: short, thin and silky, with poorly expressed undercoat (or absent). All representatives of the breed are distinguished by the "Siamese color."
There are several famous types of Thai cat color:
- force point - blackout,
- blue point - blue, cold gray points,
- chocolate point - dark brown, chocolate,
- laylak point or frost point - lilac, brown-pink marks,
- cream point - beige, sand points,
- red point - red, red points, a controversial color that is not recognized by all breeders,
- tabby point (tabby point) - stripes on points that can have all of the above colors. For example, a tabby point cat with a cool blue color will be called a blue tabby point.
Thai cats have fairly good health. The average life expectancy is 11-14 years, some representatives even reached the age of 20-28 years. But, like all living things on the planet, Thais are susceptible to a number of diseases:
- lungs' cancer,
- breast tumor
- heart disease.
Important! During treatment, difficulties may arise associated with a high sensitivity to anesthesia.
Unlike other shorthair breeds, Thai cats, like Siamese, are prone to strabismus due to the acromelanism gene responsible for color. A kitten with persistent strabismus is considered defective and is not allowed to exhibit.
Thai cat character
Looking into the deep and soulful eyes of a Thai cat, we can conclude how smart and smart she is. These animals are very attached to humans, but at the same time they are independent and freedom-loving. The nature of the Thai cat is a real secret. Thais are the favorites of children and excellent nannies. They can be very active, which is perfect for playing with a child.
In general, they possess such qualities:
- aggressiveness (to strangers),
- excessive cleanliness,
Thai cat is good that it will certainly become a best friend. Cheer and play, will not let discouragement prevail. It can also be affectionate and tender. These animals lend themselves well to training, are able to easily memorize commands.
Thai cats require respect for themselves, and if their owner at least once allows himself to offend the animal, then he will remember this for life. Thais are not vengeful, but they remember evil, and to create a trusting relationship with this cat will no longer work.
There are no serious problems with this breed, but when buying such a pet, there are a number of points to consider:
- Cats are very attached to the owner, and at first they will follow him on the heels.
- Since childhood, kittens are very talkative, and with age this does not go away.
- Since the breed was bred in Thailand, pets do not tolerate cold climates.
- Animals are very curious, therefore it is better to close doors and windows tightly, because cats are able to run away.
Thai cats are clean and can lick their hair for several hours. Even due to increased activity, pets do not spoil furniture. But a small kitten still needs to be taught to a claw-brush and a tray.
A warm climate is very important for a pet. Since keeping in cold conditions, in addition to colds and other diseases, can cause color changes.
It is imperative for the cat to provide free space where she will play and frolic.
Like any other shorthair breed, it is enough to comb out the hair 1-2 times a week. You can also remove hairs that have fallen from the body simply by running a wet hand several times over the cat’s body, the excess hair will remain on your hands.
If the cat is a participant in exhibitions, then it is advisable to bathe him. You need to do this in warm, but not hot water, use a special shampoo for animals so that the coat remains soft and silky. This procedure is performed once a month.
Immediately after buying a cat, you need to make a decision regarding the type of pet food: natural food or special dry food.
Attention! Combining two types of food is strictly prohibited.
In the case of industrial feed, you just need to choose the right brand, not lower than the premium class.
If it was decided to feed the cat with natural food, their menu should be balanced and nutritious. Food should be served slightly warmed up.
Adult cats need to be fed 2-3 times a day, and kittens 5 to 6 times (this is due to the fact that their activity is higher).
The diet must be added:
- chicken and beef meat,
- yolk of chicken or quail eggs,
- dairy products with low fat content,
- boiled fish
- low fat pork.
It is strictly forbidden to pamper a cat with such food as:
- products with a high percentage of fat,
- smoked meats and spices
- coloring vegetables.
Caring for your ears, eyes and nails
When caring for a Thai cat, you need to pay attention to such parts of the body:
- Eyes. Normally, Thai cats have moderate discharge from the eyes, so they can be removed with a damp cloth. If the cat has abundant discharge from the eyes or is completely absent, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian.
- The ears. Despite the fact that the ears of Thai cats are small, they also need to be cleaned of dust and dirt. To do this, use cotton swabs and wetting liquid. But do not perform too deep cleaning, as there is a possibility of damage to the auricle.
- Teeth. It is recommended to clean with a toothbrush and special paste for cats. If there is no opportunity to purchase such a paste, then the teeth can simply be wiped with wet and dry gauze. It is recommended to do this regularly, several times a week.
- Claws. They need to be cut to avoid injuries that the cat can inflict on itself by clinging to furniture and clothes. For the procedure, use scissors or nail clippers. It is necessary to cut off the transparent part without touching the vessels and living tissue.
Thai cats are very good at walking.
Recommendations for walking the animal:
- it’s better to take the cat out on a leash so that it cannot run away and get lost,
- before walking you should put on a flea collar and treat the coat with insect repellent,
- the walk should take place in a place where there are no dogs,
- do not walk during estrus.
On the street, the cat is more important than heat, not vitamin D, since it is genetically incorporated into them.
Thai cat breed card
|General information||Country of Origin - Thailand. Shorthair native cat breed, later improved by breeding||The closest relatives of Thais are Siamese cats|
|Character||A talkative breed expressing its emotions through various intonations|
The cat clearly divides people into friends and foes, the pet is wary of the latter, it may even grumble at guests, but does not show open aggression
A large number of colors: plain points (black, blue, brown, etc.), cakes, they are tortoiseshell, tabby - stripes.
So that the cat does not get bored and does not become outrageous in the apartment, it is best to purchase a game complex and a high scratching post for it
How to choose a kitten
If there is a desire to buy a pet of this breed, then you need to carefully consider and pay attention to such things:
- Eye color. Pets of pure Thai breed and without defects, have bright or deep blue eyes.
- Round face with a strong chin, wide-set ears of medium size, round, obliquely set eyes.
- Clean ears.
- Straight tail without creases.
- Lack of unpleasant odor, physical defects, discharge from the eyes and nose.
It is advisable to take Thai kittens at the age of 3-4 months, when they are already able to endure the separation from their mother and easily adapt to the new environment.
Important! Determining the final color of a Thai kitten is quite difficult, since it will not fully form until the end of the first year of the pet’s life.
In addition, color may change throughout life, due to climate change. At cold temperatures, the hair darkens, and in hot climates it brightens. Such color changes are due to the genes of Siamese ancestors and are characteristic of all point colors.
When a kitten should be such documents as:
- generic kitten metric or formal pedigree,
- veterinary passport
- sales contract in duplicate.
Estimated Thai cat kitten price from 10 to 30 thousand rubles. Too low prices can indicate fraud, poor kitten health and unclean breeds.
Oriental breeds are prone to early puberty, therefore, estrus in cats appears at a fairly young age. Now the breed is closed. For breeding, you must obtain a certificate of conformity.
Knitting should be done on the territory of the cat. This process can last from 2 to 5 days.
Pregnancy cats can be determined at 3-4 weeks. The shape of the body is rounded, the animal becomes calm and affectionate, improves appetite. In one offspring, a cat can have up to five cubs.
Currently there are many cattery for Thai cats, for example:
There are several interesting facts about the Thai cat breed:
- Thais are very talkative and artistic pets. They can show their mood with the help of intonation in the voice. Very often you can observe how the pitch and volume of their voice changes, depending on the situation.
- Thais are born pure white, and with age they become darker in the muzzle, ears, paws and tail.
- From the Thai cat descended Burmese and Balinese.
In general, we can say that Thais are wonderful pets, graceful, elegant, loving and artistic. They will certainly help to diversify life, fill it with warm feelings and emotions and will never leave the owner in despair. But before you make such a pet, you need to carefully study the information about them.
- Thai cat is very affectionate and gets along well not only with all members of your family, but also with other pets. It is worth considering: building her relationship with the rest of the pets, she will strive for dominance, which in most cases she does well.
- In a relationship with a person, a Thai cat is amazingly peaceful. Perhaps this is one of the few breeds whose representatives are attached precisely to the owner, and not to the habitat.
- The Thai cat has no annoying habit of marking its territory.
- The legend was the indefatigable curiosity of the Thai. It is not clear what guides the animals in the first place - the instinct of self-preservation or the desire to learn something new for themselves. It is with this character trait that almost all cases of injuries in Thai cats are associated.
- Thai cat is one of the most contact breeds. Any of your actions - from routine cleaning in the house to moving furniture or wallpapering - will make your pet want to take part in it and provide effective (according to the cat) help.
- Thai cat is a wonderful nanny for a child, even the smallest. The pet reacts very sensitively to any atypical situations in the house about which it immediately runs to inform the owner.
- Thais are very emotional and talkative. The expression of their muzzles very clearly describes the state of the beast, and the ability to navigate in the rich “vocabulary” (besides the traditional “meow”, the Thai cat makes many different sounds) will allow you to quickly find a common language with this magical creature.
- The descendants of the temple cats of ancient Thailand are smart and perfectly trained.
Thai cat - an animal with amazing sky-blue eyes, the color of which the Thais consider the reward of the gods for their faithful and devoted service in Buddhist monasteries and at royal courts. The entire history of the breed is covered in numerous legends. Even in modern Thailand, they strongly believe that a cat is able to drive away evil spirits and bring peace and tranquility to the house. Very smart, gentle and affectionate, and at the same time fearless and faithful, the Thai cat is a real miracle of nature, created to bring people happiness.
Thai cat history
In the National Library of Bangkok, the manuscript Book of Poems about Cats, dating from the 14th-15th centuries, is kept, in which the breed similar to the modern one is first written.
It was believed that Vichien Mae (as Thai cats are called in ancient manuscripts) lived only in royal palaces and Buddhist temples. The four-legged guards protected the chambers not only from evil spirits, but also from very real mice, rats and snakes, whose bites were not dangerous for cats because of the special properties of the skin: density, elasticity, the minimum number of blood vessels and nerve endings, which reduced the pain threshold and prevented the spread of infection throughout the body. Cats with such outstanding features were carefully guarded from strangers. It was strictly forbidden to take animals out of the Siam kingdom. This attitude to the Thais became the reason that for the first time they appeared on the European continent only closer to the end of the 19th century.
According to the official version, the first two cats of this breed were donated by the king of Thailand to the representative of the British diplomatic mission Owen Gould as a sign of the highest mercy. Unusual animals made a splash in the capital of the British Empire. Upon learning of such a success, the ruler of Siam Chilalongkorn sent several dozen purebred royal cats to high-ranking officials of the British court. From that moment, targeted breeding of the breed in Europe began.
In 1892, the first official standard of the breed “Royal Siamese Cat” was defined. If you look through the records about the Thais of those times in the stud book of the Northern Club of Cats (NCC), you can find the entry: "the breeder is the king of Siam."
The popularity of the breed grew rapidly and reached its peak in America and Europe by the second half of the 20th century.
The appearance of Siamese cats in Russia belongs to the same time. Breeding of the breed in the territory of the former USSR was practically not controlled, which led to its wide distribution throughout the country. At the first exhibitions in Moscow and Leningrad, animals were exhibited in the category "beginners" under the name "Old Siamese cat."
In 1988, the president of WCF (World Cat Federation) Anna-Lisa Hackman, evaluating the cats presented at Russian shows, decided to create a new breed of Thai cat. For the first time, the current standard was described in 1990, and was registered by WCF in 1991.
Surprisingly, it so happened that the traditional Thai cat (despite the name) turned out to be an indigenous Russian breed.
Not so long ago, some twenty years ago, representatives of the breed were very popular. Gradually they began to be replaced by the Persians, the British, the refined Siamese of European selection. However, there are still many connoisseurs of these magnificent animals who will do everything so that the magical blue-eyed cats are not forgotten.
Thai cat appearance
Approved in 1991, the standard is currently under revision, so the breed is considered open. This means that any animal similar in phenotype to a Thai cat can be classified as a representative. To confirm this affiliation, it is necessary to have two expert signatures in the registration documents. Such animals are allowed for official breeding.
Rounded, without pronounced angularities and flat fragments. The forehead is moderately convex, the transition to the nose is clearly marked and is level with the eyes, in no case lower than the conditional horizontal line passing along the level of the lower eyelid. Stop is not observed. The muzzle is clearly marked, the cheeks are round, in adult animals are pronounced. Excessive puffiness is considered a disadvantage. The nose is medium length, straight.
Thai cats have slightly slanting eyes (almond or lemon shapes), large. The color of the iris is from sky blue to blue. A rich shade is valued higher. Round or overly sloping eyes reduce expert ratings.
The ears of Thais are medium, with a wide base and rounded tips. On the head are wide. A slight multidirectionality is characteristic.
Length - closer to short. For a cat, it is preferable to have just a short neck.
The body of the Thai cat is dense, muscular, but not massive. The chest is wide enough.
Legs and feet
The limbs are of medium length, proportional to the size of the body. Strong, muscular. Paws are rounded, small.
Thick at the base, slightly pointed towards the tip. Not long.
The hair of a Thai cat is thin, short, smooth to the touch, well adhering to the skin, but not “flat”. The undercoat is practically absent.
The determining factor of the phenotype of the breed is acromelanic color, when certain parts of the whole bright animal have a contrasting dark shade (in the case of a Thai cat - paws, muzzle and tail). The gamma of the basic tone suggests the corresponding colors of the mask, limbs. Dark hair in other parts of the animal’s body, as well as visible light hairs or light spots at points, is a disqualifying factor.
By the time of moving to a new home, Thai kittens are already well aware of the basic rules of behavior, are able to use a scratching post and a cat's toilet. In order for the process of getting used to the new place of residence to go quickly and painlessly, try to create a situation for the kid similar to the one in which he spent the first months of his life. Talk to your pet calmly, without raising your voice unnecessarily. The Thai will quickly understand that if they are dissatisfied and scolded loudly, he really did. Use tough measures to a minimum. Aggression can only give rise to aggression. You can calm down an overly cat cat with a stream of cool water. This is not painful or humiliating for a royal cat, unlike physical punishment.
Provide the baby with enough toys. This will distract him from leprosy and protect your things from damage. Keep valuable items, paper out of the reach of the beast.
The cat in the house is both a great joy and a huge responsibility. And this responsibility lies with man.
Care and maintenance
Caring for a Thai cat is not at all burdensome. Like a kitten of any breed, a small Thai must first be taught to use a tray and a claw-tip. Kids are very smart and quickly understand what's what. Take a closer look at the exact places where the kitten sharpenes its claws, and place there either a device bought in a store or a device made by your own from thick fabric.
Window curtains are very attractive for Thai babies, so for the first time, tie them to a height inaccessible to a little prankster. Over time, they will become uninteresting to him, and the animal will direct its curiosity and activity in a different direction.
The bathing procedure is unlikely to please your pet, but he will tolerate it with a truly royal endurance. Make sure that water does not get into the ears during water procedures. Do not use “human” shampoos - there are enough specialized cosmetics on sale.
Caring for the hair of a Thai cat is extremely simple. It is enough once a week to simply stroke your pet with a wet hand to collect the hairs that have fallen. You can use a brush made of soft natural bristles or a special mitten - cats love massage, which, in addition to cosmetology, also has a healing effect. A characteristic feature of acromelanic color is its temperature dependence. The cooler the room where the Thai cat lives, the more age-related darkening of the coat occurs, which can adversely affect the exhibition career. The most problematic in this sense are the colors of force point and blue point. The process can be slowed down if you keep the animal at an air temperature of +23 to +25 ° C.
Claws need to be trimmed only by cats kept exclusively in the house. Do this 2 times a month using a clipper or sharp nail scissors. Follow up so as not to damage living tissue with blood vessels.
Oral care consists in periodically brushing your teeth and examining the condition of the gums. Periodic execution of this procedure is advisable if you are feeding a Thai cat with natural feed.
Ears and eyes are cleaned as needed.
The two main rules are balance and sufficiency.
Kittens are fed 6-8 times a day in small portions, an adult animal receives food twice a day. Food should always be fresh, not cold and not hot. The presence of a bowl with constantly clean water is required.
The issue of balance, each owner decides independently. If at first it is worth following the diet that the breeder adhered to, then in the future you can gradually transfer the Thai cat to a diet that will be more convenient for you to provide.
Less fuss will be with ready-made feed. There is one “but” - widely advertised options from supermarkets will not work, otherwise health problems cannot be avoided. Use only specially formulated premium and super premium grades.
Supporters of a natural diet should remember that the food from our table for Thai cats is not good. Your pet will have to cook separately. The menu must necessarily have raw meat, sliced so that the cat does not immediately swallow a piece, and chewed it for some time. But be sure to cook the fish. Contrary to popular belief, you should not make it the dominant food. Moreover, do not feed a pregnant animal with fish. Pamper your cat with a chicken egg once a week. Cottage cheese in the diet is welcome, but better low-fat varieties. Spicy and spicy dishes in the diet of Thai cats are excluded.
Vegetables and fruits can be given without restrictions - the cat herself will choose what she wants to eat at the moment.
If your secret does not leave the house - make sure that its diet includes fresh grass or greens of cereal crops (seeds can be bought at a pet store and grown in ordinary flower pots).
When compiling the menu, be sure to consider the age of the pet - this will help to avoid many problems. Cats can only be cooked with fresh and high-quality products.
Thai cat health and illness
Thai cat received good health from his royal ancestors. Among other thoroughbred animals, it is considered to be a long-lived one: with an average life expectancy of 12-14 years, cases were often recorded when the Thai delighted the owners for more than two decades.
Strong immunity should in no case be the reason for refusing the necessary vaccinations, which must be done annually.
It would be naive to assume that Thai cats do not get sick at all. They have diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys; problems with the heart or teeth may be found. But statistics show that the frequency of these diseases is not higher than that of other breeds. The main thing is to carefully monitor the health status of the cat. Timely adoption of the necessary measures plus naturally good immunity will help to overcome all troubles.
Thai cats are characterized by early puberty. Animals can be ready for mating as early as 4-5 months, but this does not mean at all that it is time to start mating. Such experiments can adversely affect the condition of your pet, and you are unlikely to get healthy kittens. Better wait until the cat reaches one year old.
Do not rush with sterilization. Such an operation should not be done until the animals reach the age of six months. Some pedigree lines of a Thai cat may show a predisposition to the occurrence of breast tumors. Veterinary practice shows that timely sterilization (up to one year) significantly reduces possible risks.
The genetic diseases of Thais can be considered convergent strabismus and tail defects. They are easily identified visually, although with the first problem everything is not so clear. The baby can “mow” temporarily, due to the tenderness of age. If everything is normal for parents, grandparents, from this point of view, then, most likely, this is a common strabismus. As you grow older, the flaw will come to naught. But there are times when this problem occurs in an adult cat. The most common cause is severe stress.
Origin of breed
These cats are named after their ancient homeland - Thailand. The oldest images of Thai cats date from the 14th century. The breed is considered the grandmother of modern Siamese cats and was even called old-type before.
The difference in breeds appeared due to the achievements of selection. Old-type Siamese cats came to Europe at the end of the 19th century, and to America at the beginning of the 20th. The breeders were so carried away by the breeding of an elegant and acute-angled Siamese cat that they almost forgot about the original apple-headed species of this breed.
Amateurs of the old type of Siamese cats saved the situation - the work of enthusiasts returned these chubby cats to the world. The Thai cat standard was registered 30 years later than the Siamese - in 1990.
Description of Thai cats
Thai cats look like well-eaten Siamese - round muzzles, shorter legs, lack of angularity. The appearance of modern Thais completely coincides with the original old-type species of the breed. This is what the exterior description looks like:
- The body is medium in size, compact and stocky. The weight of Thai cats ranges from 3 to 5 kilograms,
- The head is round, resembling an apple. The muzzle is slightly extended forward,
- The eyes are slanting, blue, in the form of large tonsils - a hallmark of purebred Thais,
- The ears are smaller than the Siamese, located on the sides. The tips are rounded
- The neck is strong and muscular, medium or short length,
- Tail proportional to the body with a round tip,
- Slender but powerful legs with small round legs,
- The coat is short and dense, without undercoat. It is less attached to the body than Siamese cats, which is why Thais seem larger.
Many confuse Siamese cats with Thais, however, the differences between these breeds are noticeable to the naked eye. In general, Thai cats look more round and fluffy.
Thai cat colors
A distinctive feature of the breed is color point. This means that the legs, tail, muzzle and ears of the cat must be painted in contrasting color with the rest of the body. The color of the main coat should be light - from cream to snow-white. The standard allows 10 color variations:
- Blue point. Blue color marks combined with a cool shade of the body,
- Force point. The most common color. Points - a dark brown, almost black shade,
- Cream point. Cat with creamy marks reminiscent of baked milk,
- Red point. Thai cats with boiled condensed milk marks, the body is snow-white,
- Chocolate point. Marked hints of bitter chocolate, the main color is often darkened
- Tortie point. Exotic spotted color of three colors: red, black and white,
- Tabby point. The muzzle, legs and tail are painted in pretty stripes. One of the rarest colors
- Lilac Point. Light gray-blue spots with a milky color of the rest of the body.
The rarest colors - caramel point (light red with white) and fawn point (light gray with a bluish tint of wool) are especially expensive.
Thai cat character
Such cats resemble dogs with their temper: Thais are easy to train, they like to bring a ball to the owner and follow him on the heels. These pets will be waiting for you every day from work at the doorstep, joyfully meeting and purring. Thai cats are very loyal to their master, therefore, alone they are uncomfortable.
They are curious and playful.These are not cats who prefer to sleep all day and do nothing. Thais like to explore familiar and new territories, jump and do acrobatics. It is important to properly direct the energy of such a pet so that he is not bored.
Thai cats will amaze and amuse their master every day. They are childishly spontaneous and restless. These are real actors, so they will easily become the center of attention of all family members.
Compatible with children and other pets
This breed has a lot in common with children, so Thai cats easily become favorites of children. Thais are delicate and do not release their claws during the game. They will not bite the child, even if he behaves incorrectly with the cat. Some representatives of the breed even become a baby sitter.
Thai cats get along well with other cats and dogs, as they do not accept jealousy and fights. However, they prefer the human society. Because of this, the rest of the pets may be jealous of the owner towards the Thai - consider the nature of the remaining caudate family members.
Thai Cat Care
Thai cats are a fairly clean breed, so they will not cause you much trouble in content. To care for the wool, you need to purchase a special brush. Combing the cat is enough once every couple of weeks. Thais do not like to swim, so drive them into the bathroom only in case of emergency: with severe pollution or to prepare for the exhibition.
Feeding these cats is not particularly difficult. Choose a quality ready-made food or make a menu of natural food, if you have time to cook for the cat. However, it is undesirable to give some products to a Thai cat, as they cause darkening of the coat. These include liver, seafood, seaweed and iodine.
Historical background of the breed
According to ancient records, copies of which are stored in one of the Buddhist temples in Bangkok and in the British Library, cats with a dark muzzle, ears, paws and tail brought good luck. They were called Wichienmaat. They lived with the monks at the temples, because they were considered sacred. The animals were credited with magical properties - the inhabitants of ancient Thailand believed that cats can come into contact with the souls of the dead. At that time, there was a strict ban on the export of animals from the kingdom of Siam.
Europeans first saw Thai cats in the 19th century, when the King of Thailand presented two representatives of this breed to British diplomat Owen Gold as a sign of respect. Blue-eyed graceful animals with a beautiful color immediately made a splash. Upon learning of this, the ruler of Siam Chillalongkorn sent several more individuals to the senior officials of the British court. From this moment, the popularity of Thai cats has increased dramatically, and the Europeans began to conduct breeding work.
Reference. As a result of selection, a new, European type of Thai cat was formed. The felinological organizations decided to separate the breeds - the new one was called Siamese, and the traditional old-type cat - Thai. Animals have several differences in body structure, head shape, and even character.
Character, behavior and habits
One of the main features of a Thai cat is the ability to maintain a conversation. Those who are going to have a pet need to be prepared to listen to endless meow in all keys. These cats understand the intonation of a person and always respond when they are addressed. A pet will certainly let you know that he does not like or gives pleasure. By the way, representatives of the Thai breed have a very pleasant voice, so communication with them is not annoying.
Amazing eyes of Thai cat.
Thai blue-eyed beauties are endowed with high intelligence. The owners of these animals note that they can be easily taught to execute commands and use the toilet. Some cats are not only ready to change the litter box for a human toilet, but also know how to flush after themselves. The pet subtly feels the mood of family members. Do not be surprised if, in moments of despair or loss of strength, a cat comes and settles down next to comfort and support.
Representatives of the Thai breed usually elect one member of the family as the object of adoration. They are attached to him with all their cat’s heart and are faithful. When the owner is not at home, the pet yearns, and a long separation from him can result in a loss of appetite and even illness.
The pet is tolerant of children and can even become a good nanny for the baby while mom cooks in the kitchen. The animal will certainly let you know if the baby begins to act up. With older children, the cat will enjoy playing outdoor games with pleasure, the main thing is to teach the child to respect the pet, not to hurt him. Otherwise, the pet will avoid it.
Thai kitty is playing
Despite a strong attachment to the owner, Thai cats are self-sufficient. They know how to entertain themselves when no one is home. The animal's favorite pastime is to explore his possessions. Be sure - Murka will visit everywhere - in every cabinet drawer, in the laundry basket, in the bin. She also loves to sit in an elevated place and watch what is happening. The favorite controls everything - what family members do, who came to the house, what happens outside the window. It is interesting that she does this not just for the sake of curiosity - the cat will inform the owner if it detects something suspicious, for example, that you were flooded with neighbors.
Features of education
A kitten is taken to the family when he already knows how to use a tray and a claw tip, but it is important to teach him not to violate established rules. Raising a baby, you can not use force and rude to him. Siamese - noble cats with a sense of self-esteem, screaming from them you won’t achieve anything.
Having played out, a kitten can turn over a vase or tear a curtain. To stop pranks, it is enough to spray water on the animal, this will not humiliate it, but make it stop. Siamese cats are gentle and friendly, but they do not forgive a rude attitude. They feel irritation and aggression in their address, and if this happens again, the pet will cease to trust the owner. Raise a Siamese kitten with love and patience.
Health and Life Expectancy
Thai cat lives 14-16 years. Thais nature endowed with stable immunity. They have few genetic diseases. These include:
- breast tumors,
- Amyloidosis of the liver
- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In rare cases, animals suffer from digestive problems or gingvita. Like other breeds, Thai cats need annual vaccinations and routine veterinary examinations. It is important to monitor the condition of the teeth and auricles, as well as treat your pet from skin parasites and helminths.
Blue-eyed Pet Care
Caring for a Thai cat is easy. Short mink-like wool does not need to be combed daily. Once every 7 days it is enough to walk on it with a special glove to collect the hairs that have fallen out. During molting, the procedure is carried out more often.
It’s easy to care for the hair of a Thai cat
A pet that is deprived of walking is rarely bathed - 2-3 times a year. This is usually done before the exhibition. For washing use shampoo and conditioner for shorthair cats. Representatives of this breed do not like to swim, so it is advisable to teach a kitten to water from childhood. Wool is dried only with a towel.
The auricles are cleaned as necessary with a cotton pad moistened with hydrogen peroxide. Do not insert ear sticks into the ear canal, as this can damage your hearing. If a dark brown mass appears inside, you need to take an analysis for an ear tick.
The claws are trimmed 2 times per month, shortening them by 1-1.5 mm. It is advisable to use a clipper, rather than ordinary scissors. Discharge from the corners of the eyes is removed with a cotton pad dipped in warm boiled water.
Attention! Thai cat is very neat. It is important to ensure that the tray is always cleaned - the pet will not like to go into the dirty toilet.
If the animal is kept in the apartment, then he needs a walk. Walking is allowed only under the supervision of the owner, so buy a harness in advance. The hair of a Thai cat is short, and there is almost no undercoat, it is a heat-loving animal, which means that in winter you should not go outside.
For the first time after the appearance of a kitten in the house, you will have to adhere to the recommendations of the breeder in matters of nutrition. In the future, you can gradually transfer the animal to another diet. With ready-made industrial feeds of a premium class there is less trouble. They include all the necessary nutrients - protein, vitamins, amino acids, trace elements.
Thai cat can be fed natural food.
Those who prefer to feed the pet with natural food need to remember that 80% of the cat's diet is meat. This is a bird, a rabbit, veal. You can’t give pork. The remaining 20% of the cat's menu includes cereals, vegetables, fish, dairy products, eggs. Fatty, spicy, salty and sweet foods are prohibited. Make sure that there is always clean drinking water in the bowl.
Attention! It is important to distribute food at the usual time for the animal - morning and evening. You can’t leave wet food for the future, especially in summer - it can become acidic, and this threatens the pet with poisoning.
Thai cats reach puberty by 6–8 months. However, you should not hurry with the first mating - at this age, the darling will not be able to tolerate healthy offspring, because her body still continues to form. Veterinarians recommend having a first date of 12-15 months.
Thai cat family
It is important to choose a good groom, and he must have sexual experience. Mating takes place on the territory of the cat. The cat is visiting him for 3-5 days. If after 4 weeks another estrus did not occur, then the cat is pregnant. This can be determined by changes in behavior. The pet will become calmer, her appetite will improve.
The average duration of a Thai cat’s pregnancy is 64–66 days. Lambing usually proceeds easily, without complications. In the litter there are 2–4 babies, in rare cases - 5. Kittens are born with white hair. Dark points begin to appear as they grow older. With age, the coat gradually darkens.
Kitten price and Thai cats cattery list
Those wishing to have a Thai cat should contact one of the kennels, which are quite numerous in Russia and Ukraine. Professional breeders value their reputation, so they will not deceive the buyer. They will provide all the information about the kitten - who his parents are, what titles they won at the championships, they will give information about the vaccinations made, a passport.
The price of a Thai cat starts from 15,000 rubles and can reach up to 50,000. The cost largely depends on the pedigree, the success of the kitten’s parents, class, gender - females are valued higher, as well as the rating of the breeder.
Newborn Thai kittens white
The list of Thai cat nurseries in Russia and Ukraine:
- Moscow - Di Olisava, Ester-Ley, Thai Pride, Alvira, Thai Legend,
- St. Petersburg - Thai Sapphire, Wonderful Elite,
- Novosibirsk - Petit Secret, Kotomir,
- Izhevsk - Royal Winner,
- Lipetsk - Galaxy Kiss,
- Zaporozhye (Ukraine) - Aquamarine Ray,
- Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) - Symphony of kings.
When buying a kitten, pay attention to its appearance and behavior. A healthy animal is active, easily makes contact, it has clean ears, eyes, good appetite.
Those who have had experience keeping Thais speak of pets as very smart and energetic cats. Many breeders note that the pet literally becomes the shadow of an elected family member. Wherever he goes, no matter what he does, the cat is always there - on the bed, in the bathroom, on the laptop keyboard, at the table.
Thai cat is beautiful and graceful.
Some users say that kittens are too active at night, so much so that you have to keep a spray near the bed, which goes into action if the baby is very played out. A little prankster sweeps away all small objects from shelves, hangs on curtains, nibbles wires, and this is not a complete list of pranks.
As they grow older, cats become more balanced. It was then that their true essence was fully revealed - tenderness, devotion, boundless love. Without exception, owners of Thai cats confirm that they talk a lot. Each action is accompanied by meowing in different keys.
From all that has been said, it can be concluded that this breed is not suitable for those who are used to living quietly, in complete silence. The pet will turn the whole house upside down before it grows up. But those who are willing to sacrifice a couple of years of peace will ultimately find a loyal friend.