Though the Thai may look somewhat like a Siamese, this is the breed dedicated to preserving Thailand’s native pointed cat. They lack the Siamese’s extremes, but still possess an inquisitive, affectionate, and social nature, as well as the striking pointed coat. Childlike in their curiosity and devotion, it was an easy decision for breeders to make an effort to preserve this sweet-natured cat.
Immortalized in poetry the Thai, or Wichienmaat, has been cherished by the Thai people for at least 700 years. Imported to Europe in the 19th century, Western breeders sought to standardize the Thai, and to make their appearance more extreme. The breed that resulted from these changes became known as the Siamese. The breeds really diverged in appearance in the 1950s, and by the 1980s, breeders had stepped up to preserve the Thai in its native form.
Appearance / health:
The Thai is a medium to large cat, muscular, but long and lithe. The legs are medium length with moderate boning and medium sized, oval feet. The tail is long and tapering. Overall, the cat has a very balanced, moderate appearance, neither thin nor overly muscular. The head shape distinguishes it from other foreign-type breeds. It’s described as being a modified wedge with a long, flat forehead and rounded contours. The cheekbones curve inward where the muzzle begins. The muzzle is distinctly wedge-shaped, slightly long and tapering. The nose is nearly straight with a very slight slope between the eyes to just below the eyes. The nose may be straight, or slightly convex. The ears are medium in sized, with a large base and oval tips, and may be lightly furred. The almond-shaped eyes are medium-large and come in brilliant shades of blue.
The Thai is very short-coated with minimal undercoat. The fur lies smooth to the body, and has a very silky texture. The Thai is a pointed cat, with a body that is usually white to off-white. Points are present on the face, ears, feet, and tail. Points may occur in all possible point colors, and may be solid, tabby, or tortoiseshell.
Behavior / temperament:
The Thai is a very social, affectionate, and people-loving cat. They’ll greet you at the door when you get home, and they’ll follow you about the house for the rest of the evening. Inquisitive and intelligent, they like to get involved in what you’re doing. They’re described as having a bit of a sense of humor, which means you probably should too! Like the Siamese, the Thai has the gift of gab. Though not necessarily loud, these cats are chatty! They’ll particularly enjoy if you talk back.
This is also an active cat, and their curiosity will lead them to all corners of your house. They enjoy finding a high perch, and to experiment with their ability to teeter on unstable surfaces. The Thai may not be for you if you’re in the habit of collecting small, breakable things that you like to display!
While the Thai’s coat is easy to maintain, this is a cat with high emotional needs, and you shouldn’t choose one if you don’t have the time to give. They crave a close friendship with their people, and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. The love you give your Thai will always be returned, and if you’re looking for a steadfast friend, you’ll find it in the Thai.
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 58 days ago
A Moriarty in the Family
A relative gave me a half feral kitten he found by the road. I really didn't know what I signed up for when I adopted Fu Jin. He is probably the most intelligent cat I have ever owned, which in this case was unfortunate as he caused trouble in my household and outsmarted me with embarrassing ease.
Fu Jin was fearless, even as a small kitten, and quickly became the dominant animal among my pets. He watched me restrain another cat by the scruff once, and copied that by gripping her scruff in his teeth when they disagreed. He got into the pantry to raid the bag of cat food many times, including once when I padlocked the door. I eventually discovered he had knocked loose a board at the back and would squeeze in through the tiny gap. He was easy to litter box train but other training failed; I eventually invested in a squirt gun with extra long range because that was the only correction he paid attention to.
Despite all of this, he had good qualities. He was very playful and inquisitive. He would open drawers to investigate their contents. Sometimes he joined me in the shower and froliced in the falling water. I've never seen a cat so confident.
I hoped he would mellow as he grew up. That didn't happen. Unfortunately he had a major conflict with one of my dogs and I needed to rehome him. The next family loved him; they wanted a beautiful and independent pet that required little care, and he was a perfect match..
From Silenie7 Apr 1 2015 2:02PM