How and how often to feed a Thai cat?
Thai cats, in fact, are not picky about food, but, like all thoroughbred animals, they need especially high-quality food. For feeding, ready-made feeds of the super premium class (canned or dry) are recommended, the brand of which and the amount of feed in one serving will tell the breeder. Natural feeding is not recommended due to the fact that making a balanced diet is almost impossible. Despite the fact that finished industrial feeds are not cheap, they allow you to save money, because in one portion recommended by the manufacturer, as a rule, a small amount of feed is contained, so the feed is consumed more slowly. Calculating how much money will be spent per month with natural feeding is very difficult, because the costs largely depend on the diet. With natural feeding, one should not forget about vitamin and mineral complexes. With a mixed type of feeding, ready-made industrial feeds can add meat, offal and sour-milk products (unsweetened).
Feed recommended 2-3 times a day. Kittens are fed up to a year 3 to 5 times a day.
What are the features of keeping Thai cats?
To keep Thai cats you don’t need to have experience or buy expensive supplies. Thai cats get along well with other breeds of domestic cats, dogs and other large animals. They are able to make friends even with small animals if they grow together. Thais are moderately patient in dealing with children. Cats of this breed can visit the street, but only after passing the necessary vaccination course and quarantine after it. Having decided to let Thai cats out for “free-range”, it is also worth considering that there are a lot of dangers in the street of cats, including parasites, other animals, vehicles, people. You should also think about sterilization in advance.
By the day the Thai kitten is in the new house, it is necessary to make important preparations: discuss the contents of the cat with all family members, prepare the house, discuss with the breeders the issues of purchasing the necessary goods, make purchases, and so on. The first purchase should be a carry. Carrying Thai cats in their hands is very irresponsible and dangerous. In the future, it will be useful for trips to the veterinarian, trips to the country house and other events, so the carrying should be immediately “adult”.
In the order of purchases, it is further worth adding food, bowls, a toilet, care products and accessories, a scratching post, toys, a first-aid kit. If the owners wish to purchase a separate berth for their pet, this purchase can be left at the end.
In the house, it is necessary to allocate one room to the Thai cat, where she will spend about a month until she is comfortable. Then it is recommended to expand its "ideas about the world", giving access to other rooms. At the same time, it is necessary to gradually move the bowls and tray to the designated place in the house. The house should not have small objects that the kitten can swallow, threads, ropes, open packaging with household chemicals, large containers of water without lids, poisonous plants in accessible places. Fragile and valuable things that Thai can accidentally break or ruin are best removed so far. Windows must be equipped with nets, paying particular attention to the fasteners. With age, Thai cats will figure out what's what, they will learn the rules and restrictions, and there will be no need for special safety measures, however, the need for nets and careful selection of plants available to the pet is for life.
In keeping cats of this breed, important conditions are timely vaccination, proper care, selection of food and, of course, the attention and love of the owners.
For educational purposes, it is recommended to purchase a spray with two modes and set it to a jet mode (with the "spray" mode, water can get into your ears). When Thai cats commit an unwanted action, a “shot” from the spray gun into the body (only in the torso!) Will help them understand that they are wrong.
What you need to buy to keep Thai cats?
To keep Thai cats you will need:
- Sleeping place (optional): a bed or a house or a basket and the like.
- Bowl: 2 or more pieces made of any material other than plastic. When using plastic bowls, it is necessary to remember that they accumulate dirt and can eventually become a hotbed of disease over time (after 12-18 months). Such bowls need to be replaced after 1-1.5 years.
- Scratching post: any configuration.
- Means and care items: a rubber brush, cotton wool, cotton cloth, a piece of suede, cotton buds, a nail clipper, shampoo, towels, toothpaste and a brush are desirable.
- Food: consult a breeder.
- Toilet: the configuration should be checked with the breeder, as well as information on the need for filler.
- Medicines: it is recommended to take the list at the veterinary clinic or from the breeder.
To care for the Thais taking part in the exhibition, it is necessary to purchase additional means and care items, exhibition bedding and carrying, etc.
Thai cat origin story
Both the external characteristics and the history of the origin of Thais are in many respects similar to Siamese cats, many even confuse representatives of these breeds. The birthplace of Thai cats, like Siamese, is considered Siam, and the ancestors are Old Siamese cats, which are especially popular at the royal court.
The primary mention of Thais dates back to the 15th century. According to historical data, then the pets lived in the monastery of the emperor himself. Also, Thai cats could be found in Buddhist temples, in which they were considered sacred creatures: they were honored and protected.
The division of one breed into several - Siamese and, accordingly, Thai - occurred in the XIX century, when cats were in European territories. This happened due to the fact that the king presented several animals to the Consul of England as a thank you. These "donated" animals are considered the founders of modern representatives of the Thai breed.
Soon after that, Thais were spread all over the globe. As you know, by the end of the XIX century, the Russian emperor received from the king from Siam as many as 200 Thai kittens. In the XX century, breeding research and experiments were conducted, during which the Thais became more different from the Siamese. As a result, the Thai breed was officially certified.
Character Features of Thai Cat
Thai cats are smart and smart, easily remember commands and, as a rule, quite obedient. They are very dedicated and simply adore the owners. Like faithful dogs, such cats can wait all day for a dear person at the door and very actively “explain” to him their feelings. Thais hate loneliness, so leaving them for a long time is extremely undesirable. But on a trip with a beloved master, a Thai cat will willingly go. Maintain Thai handsome men, as a rule, is not problematic both in a private house and in a standard apartment. The main thing is that the cat should have enough personal space and space for active games.
Representatives of this breed usually get along easily with young children, without showing aggression, when the latter try to cuddle them, even if the kids do not calculate their strength. Cats get along well with other four-legged family members, even dogs (of course, if they are also positive). Most Thais are energetic and curious. Therefore, do not be surprised if the cat will restore its “order” in the apartment. Do not leave windows open in the house with the cat. The danger is great that the cat decides to run away.
Thais are very talkative, because almost every action they accompany is purring. By the sounds that the cat makes, you can understand his mood and what he craves. Thai cats are vulnerable and can easily be offended by the owner if something goes wrong. Try without an urgent need not to raise your voice on the animal, not to mention the minimal use of force. Even a light cotton in a soft place, the Thai, for sure, will perceive it as an unforgivable insult and will begin to take revenge.
How to care for a Thai cat
A Thai cat that is deprived of undercoat requires minimal care. Use your hand to dampen your pet’s body with a moistened water at least once a week and brush the wool with a stiff bristle at least once a month. Of course, no one canceled the basic manipulations: cleaning the eyes, ears and teeth (the latter is best done by a veterinarian).
And with eyes and ears, if the animal is flexible, you can handle it yourself. It is enough to clean the cat’s ears twice a week with ordinary ear sticks. With approximately the same regularity, it is advisable to monitor the eyes: rinse them with a weak tea leaves, or better with chamomile infusion.
Proper Thai Cat Feeding
If you want your pet to maintain good health and well-being for as long as possible, do not give him the following food in any quantity:
1. fatty meat (for example, pork or lamb), including any feed in which they are included, is extremely undesirable
2. seafood and fish. Seafood presents a darkening of the hull, and fish can also provoke urolithiasis,
3. vegetables of the "coloring" type: for example, carrots. They also contribute to the aforementioned dimming,
4. any products containing cocoa. First of all, chocolate, the scanty dose of which carries a mortal threat to the animal,
6. condensed milk and any sweet treats,
7. any fried, pickled, smoked, overly salty dishes,
8. fat and all fatty foods (including high fat cheese).
But useful products for a Thai cat are:
1. lean meat in raw form (beef fillet and various types of poultry, from which the skin has been previously removed, are especially useful). The meat should be cut into strips, rather than slices, so that the animal chews food and does not swallow it (the latter can be harmful to health). By the way, it is better that the food is veined enough “rough”. This will help the cat develop jaws. However, it is not recommended to feed a Thais (especially a kitten) with freshly bought meat. Scalp food at least
2. cottage cheese, kefir, natural yogurt. Kittens up to 6 months of age can be given a small amount of cream,
3. vegetables and fruits (it is better to give seasonal products),
4. dry food or canned food for cats of a premium class. It is advisable that all the "cat" food was one line,
5. if desired and needs - vitamin complexes.
It is best to feed a Thai from ceramic dishes, which you can buy both in a pet store and in a regular one. The animal must always have fresh drinking water available.