Whether your cat is a purebred Thai cat, or a Thai cat mix, learning about their breed can explain a lot about your pet’s personality, habits and overall health.
Thai cats are also known as appleheads, or old-style Siamese, because of their rounded heads and famous color points. In fact, most people likely won’t be able to tell the difference between Thai and Siamese cats, but the Thai’s affectionate personalities set them apart.
Thai cats are known to have angular heads and long, sleek bodies. Their coats are usually a warm beige color, soft and short, stemming from their origins in a tropical climate.
“In fact, Thai people call these cats Wichienmaat, which means diamond gold,” Monica Frenden-Tarant, chief innovation officer of feline lifesaving at the Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, says.
Thai cats’ distinctive color points can come in any pattern, such as tabby, solid or tortie. One of the rarer Thai cats, lilac points, has pale, almost frosty gray ears, paws and tails with soft pink undertones. Their eyes are typically darker than other Thai variations.
Although this breed doesn't have a long coat, Thai cats still shed and regular brushing is always recommended to keep these cats clean (not to mention that your pet will likely love the extra attention).
It’s important to note that, like all cats, Thai cats aren’t hypoallergenic, so fur and other allergens in their saliva, skin and dander can cause allergic reactions in some people.
It usually takes about 2 years for Thai cats to fully mature, and these cats generally weigh 8 to 18 pounds and grow 11 to 14 inches in length.
Thai kittens are usually born snowy white, and, unlike other cat breeds, their eyes will typically keep the same striking blue color they were born with.
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There are several differences between Thai cats and Siamese cats. Thai cats are slightly heavier and stockier than the long and lean Siamese. Much more rounded, Thai cats have thick paws and shorter tails.
“The apple-shaped head of the Thai cat is the easiest way to tell these two breeds apart,” Frenden-Tarant says. Thai cats also have some genetic behavior traits that distinguish them, such as being much more bonded and interested in human companionship than Siamese cats.
If you're a homebody looking for a pet that wants to be by your side all day, Thai cats just might be the right cat breed for you.
“Thai cats have incredibly intelligent personalities and are particularly vocal,” Frenden-Tarant says. Affectionate and loyal, these cats enjoy the company of their humans and lots of social interaction. Some even call Thai cats "velcro cats'' because they tend to always be near their families. They’re also known to be quite the chatterboxes.
“Bold, curious and adventurous, Thai cats often get along well with dogs, children and other pets as long as proper introductions and socialization have occurred,” Frenden-Tarant says.
This breed loves being center stage, must be near any excitement and they’re often particularly affectionate. Thai cats are a very clever and active breed requiring lots of playtime, enrichment and social interaction.
Thai cats are a relatively healthy breed, but some minor health traits may pop up, such as gangliosidosis, an inherited disease that causes a cat to lack the enzyme required to metabolize certain lipids. They may also have crossed eyes or kinked or bent tails, which are generally cosmetic issues and don’t affect the cat’s day-to-day life.
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