Thai Cat Breed Guide

Mischievous | Sociable | Meower. If you’re in love with the Korat cat but wish they came in a different colour, the Thai cat may be the answer to all your prayers. These cats have a heart-shaped face but they’re not all love and cuddles as they have a mischievous side to them too. Read on to learn more about the Thai cat in this comprehensive cat breed guide.

Thai cat lying down

THAI CAT BASICS

Average Lifespan: 10 - 20 years 

Average Weight: 3.5 - 6.5 kg 

Coat Length: Short 

Colouring: Lilac and blue point

Shedding: Moderate

ANCESTRY OF THE THAI CAT

Ever since the 1950s when Korat cats were first bred in the UK, they would occasionally have kittens that weren’t the typical grey-blue colour. However as the Korat is known as “the blue cat of Thailand” with fur “the colour of a cloud”, these cats unfortunately didn’t fit the mould and weren’t able to be paraded in cat shows. 

Therefore in the 1980s when a Korat cat had a litter of pinky-lilac coloured kittens, it was decided that these floofs would be the start of a new breed, the Thai cat. These cats come in two variations, the Thai lilac and the Thai blue point which look very similar to Siamese cats, only with a stockier build and a sweet heart-shaped face. The GCCF is currently the only cat-fanciers association to recognise these two variants.

ANATOMY OF THE THAI CAT

Thai cats have a medium build that’s more muscly than the Siamese cat. The Thai lilac has a pinky-beige coat colour that’s tipped with silver giving them a shimmered look. These guys also have large green eyes. The Thai blue point on the other hand has a blue pointed colouration, and with big round blue eyes and a love heart-shaped face, they’re a visually striking floof.

PURRSONALITY OF THE THAI CAT

Like most cats from Thailand, the Thai cat is a chatterbox. They love to join in on discussions or just meow for the sake of hearing their own voice. They’re playful, mischievous and curious which at times can get them up to no good or hiding in cupboards and drawers. 

Thai cats are people-orientated and don’t like being left out, often following their hoomans wherever they lead even if that’s to the loo. They don’t like being left alone for long periods and prefer to be in the company of other fur babies if their pawrents are going to be out regularly at the 9 to 5. 

These cats are adorably affectionate and enjoy cuddles and belly rubs - but be warned, if you stop giving them tickles before they’ve had enough you won’t hear the last of it!

If you want to be able to decipher what your Thai cat is trying to tell you, check out our article What Noises Do Cats Make? so that you can interpret your Thai cat’s meows like a boss. 

Thai cat mum and kitten

HOW MUCH DOES A THAI CAT COST?

As purebred floofs, Thai cats aren’t exactly cheap. They usually cost between £500-600 if you adopt them from a registered GCCF breeder. You will also need to add the cost of vet appointments as well as insurance which can be more expensive for pedigree cats than your average moggie.

THAI CAT FEEDING REQUIREMENTS

If you’re after a kitty that’s going to be your BFF for many years to come, the Thai cat is certainly a good choice. These kitties have no predisposition to hereditary cat health issues and are known to live long into their late teens and even their early twenties.

To give your fur baby the best chance of living long into their nine lives, it’s impawtent that you’re feeding them high-quality cat food that’s nutritionally dense. As obligate carnivores they need to eat a diet high in animal protein, so look for meals with at least 60% animal meat. Cat food that is labelled as “complete” will have essential levels of animal protein as well as the necessary balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. From there, whether it’s a dry cat food or wet cat food is up to your Thai cat’s preference. 

WHY IS SCRUMBLES CAT FOOD THE PAWFECT CHOICE FOR THAI CATS?

Cat with Scrumbles food
  • All-natural: Our natural cat food contains 100% natural ingredients, no artificial nasties or added salt and sugar purrfect for even the most sensitive Thai cats.
  • Balanced and complete: Our wet cat food and dry cat food recipes are designed by nutritionists to FEDIAF standards and approved by vets. They have the optimal balance of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and amino acids like Taurine and Arganine to keep your Thai cat purring. 
  • Full of meat: Our cat food recipes contain at least 60% human-grade animal meat to satiate the carnivore within.
  • Variety of flavours: Cats are known for being fuss pots. That’s why we’ve formulated a vast selection of flavours and textures from chicken dry cat food to salmon jelly cat food to even a luxurious chicken broth to satisfy even the fussiest of felines.
  • Pretty poopies: Tired of cleaning up stinky litter trays or washing sloppy poop out of your cat’s furry behind? Then check out our gut-friendly cat food recipes. We use prebiotics or probiotics to improve gut health, reduce smelly farts and promote pretty poops.
  • Ethical: We source our ingredients ethically and are committed to reducing our carbon pawprint on this Earth. Our recipes only contain fish or poultry which produce significantly less GHG emissions than red meat. We also serve our cat food in 100% recyclable tins and eco-friendly packaging to reduce our impact on the environment and are proud to be the second pet food brand in the world to be certified B-Corp! You can read about what makes Scrumbles B-Corp in our article Behind the B - What makes Scrumbles a B Corp.

Whilst you're here, why not read:

  1. Seychellois Cat Breed Guide
  2. Kurilian Bobtail Cat Breed Guide
  3. Domestic Longhair Cat Breed Guide

 


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