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.
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 501 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 542 days ago
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