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Thai

 
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Basic Info

The Thai is a wonderful choice in a cat for any fancier. It's calm temperament makes it well suited for multiple environments, be it apartment living or a country setting. They are patient with children and calm enough to make good pets for seniors as well. The Thai is similar to the Siamese, yet its appearance is much rounder and it has a more moderate body and head. The Thai is a medium sized cat weighing 11-15 pounds for males, and 8-12 pounds for females at maturity. The accepted colors are also similar to the Siamese, being blue, chocolate, lilac and seal point colors. Point refers to the areas of the tail, paws, face and ears. The Thai kitten will be born almost entirely white, with its points developing as it matures. This cat is muscular and athletic. Its dazzling blue eyes add an extra sparkle to this already handsome breed. They are a healthy breed and typically live 15-20 years. It is not rare to find a Thai cat over 20 years of age.

Health

Thai's can be prone to cross-eyes and kinked tails, but these are merely physical problems and do not detract from their health. These cat's require little grooming and keep themselves very clean, with little maintenance on the part of the owners.

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Behavior

The Thai is a wonderful choice in a cat for any fancier. It's calm temperament makes it well suited for multiple environments, be it apartment living or a country setting. They are patient with children and calm enough to make good pets for seniors as well. The Thai, also known as the 'Traditional Siamese' or the 'Applehead Siamese' is an intelligent cat who takes pleasure from resting in your lap as equally as playing with a favorite toy. Because they are so intelligent, training can be tricky. Some are very open to training and will learn after the first 'no' that they must cease and desist whatever it is they are doing, and they will not repeat it. Others, however, may have a more playful nature and will 'test' their owners by trying things they know are forbidden when they have the first opportunity to do so. This is usually the first moment after their owner's backs are turned. These cats thrive on the attention of people and are not shy to ask for it, even from people they do not know, but because they are so intelligent they also like to do things we sometimes wish they would not do. They get along well with other cats and dogs, particularly if the Thai is raised with them. Like most cats, having a second cat companion is a wonderful idea. But the second cat can not be a replacement for human companionship and it should never be used as a substitute. The Thai like the Siamese, can be a very vocal cat who likes to let its owner know exactly what is on his mind, though some rarely 'talk'. Their voices can be similar to the Siamese, while others have soft gentle meows.

Origin

Thailand

History

This breed is overly common and it is not widely recognized as a distinct breed. In a lot of registries they are registered as Siamese, however, there are many people who own Thai's that do not register them. For these reasons, exact numbers may not be known. Similarly, some Thai's may be advertised that have not maintained the pure lines. As one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats, the Thai maintains the look of the ancient Siamese, much as it was when it was first introduced from Siam centuries ago. The Thai is a descendant of this original breed.

Common Foods

cat food, milk

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