The Thai breed descended from Siamese cats. These cats lived in Siam, today’s Thailand. The first mentions of Siamese cats appeared in the 14th century. These cats were called “royal cats”. They were venerated in royal courts and Buddhist temples. They came to Europe at the end of the 19th century, some as precious gifts from the King of Siam to British dignitaries, others brought by European travellers. These first Siamese cats looked exactly like today’s Thai cats, which is why today Thai cats are also called “Old Siam” cats. Then, over the years, the breed standard has changed. Today’s Siamese cats are very different from the predecessor, they are taller, slender, with longer legs, a wedge-shaped head, larger and more widely spaced ears. In the early 1990s, breeders began working to recreate the original appearance of Siamese cats. Today’s Thai cats are the result of their efforts. The breed was named “Thai” to distinguish it from today’s completely different Siamese cats.
A Thai cat is medium-sized, weights from 3 to 5 kg, and has an elegant body structure with clearly defined muscles. The head is round, eyes are almond-shaped and have a deep blue colour. Its short coat is silky and soft to the touch. It has a characteristically coloured light fur with dark point markings on the face, ears, paws and tail. Clear contrast between the light body and markings is important. Dark patches on light parts of the body and light patches on dark markings are unacceptable. The markings come in various colour variations: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point, red point, even tabby or tortie.
The advantages of Thai cats are not only what you can see at first glance, but above all, they have a wonderful character. They are faithful companions of their human, curious, always present, but not overbearing, sensing the mood. They become very attached to their caregivers and express it in many ways. They are talkative, always answer questions and you can talk to them on any topic. They love games, are tireless in chasing after a feather, they are great retrievers, and at the same time, they are purring, and asking for caresses. What’s important, they do not destroy household appliances. They learn what they are allowed to do and which places are forbidden to them, if there are any at home.
They are not cats that require special grooming. In addition to trimming the claws, you can comb the fur once in a while to get rid of the dead undercoat, so the cats won’t shed in the house.
Thai cats shouldn’t be left outdoors alone. In addition to the fact that many dangers are waiting for them there, cats of this breed (due to their beautiful appearance and trusting character) can easily become a victim of theft. But don’t worry – it is easy to teach them to walk on a leash. Properly trained, they walk on a leash better than some dogs and they like it.