Do Thai Cats Shed A Lot? (Reliable Information)

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Thai cats are gorgeous creatures that any owner would be lucky to own.  If you are looking into owning one, or are merely curious about this beautiful feline, you will probably consider its coat and likely wonder if Thai cats shed a lot?

No, Thai cats do not shed a lot.  In fact, Thai cats are short-haired and are generally considered a low shedding breed of cat.  People that are worried about shedding hair getting on their couch or all over their floor should consider the Thai cat breed since they do not shed very much.  

There is a lot to know when it comes to the Thai cat.  Read on to learn more!

Thai Cats and Their Fur

If you aren’t familiar with the Thai cat, they are a breed that comes from Thailand – which you may have suspected.  The Thai cat is sometimes confused with the Siamese cat, but they are different cats.

Thai cats have a sleek looking short-haired fur coat.  One bonus about this nice-looking fur coat is that it does not shed much.  Indoor cats tend to shed year-round, and Thai cats do shed, but they do not shed very much.

Since Thai cats do not shed very much, you will likely feel better about your cat hanging out on your sofa and having the run of the house.  I know my cat Charlotte, who is a Domestic Shorthair, and not a Thai cat, does shed a decent amount so it is important that I stay assertive with keeping control over her cat hair.  With a Thai cat, you will not need to be as diligent about cleaning up cat hair because there will just be less of it.

You will see this breed of cat shed a little though, and likely year-round if your cat is an indoor cat.  If your cat is an outdoor cat, those cats tend to shed more seasonally since they are outdoors, but you should also be aware of other issues around keeping an outdoor cat.

How Should You Maintain a Thai Cat’s Fur?

You should maintain a Thai cat’s fur by combing her with a cat brush or a de-shedding glove.  With her short-haired coat you may think to yourself that you aren’t getting too much cat hair off of her, but brushing your Thai cat is still good to do since it will get some cat hair and your cat will enjoy it.

Brushing your cat is also a good opportunity for you as her owner to give her a quick examination and make sure she is in good physical health.  When I brush my cat, I also take a moment to check out her paws and ears and make sure they look healthy.

The owner of a Thai cat should probably brush their cat weekly.  Again, it’s a good process and you likely won’t need to brush for too long since this cat doesn’t shed much at all.

If you are against all shedding fur period – you may want to stick to bathing your Thai cat more often.  In this case I would bathe her once a month.  This will help keep the shedding down.  With this cat not shedding much, however, I would personally bathe this cat every one-and-a-half to two months.

If you want to maximize how great your Thai cat’s coat of hair looks and care about her general well-being, I recommend that you keep her nutrition on point.  The right way to do this is by consulting your Veterinarian.  I personally keep a good eye on what I feed my cat and I also mix some fish into her diet every few days.  The fish oils will help make her fur coat look nice and healthy.

How Do You Differentiate a Thai Cat and a Siamese Cat at Birth?

Thai cats and Siamese cats do look similar and for sure to the untrained eye you will get people saying they are the same cat breed.  They are not the same cat breed even though they are related.

To differentiate a Thai cat from a Siamese cat you would look at the head.  A Thai cat will generally have an “applehead” and will have darker fur at the points of the cat which will contrast with the lighter fur on most of her body.  A Siamese cat will have more of a wedge-shaped head and likely be a longer cat, but if we are talking about telling the difference at birth – I would look at head shape.

If you are still unable to tell, and really want to know – I would probably do a DNA test like the one at basepaws.  Not only will this service tell you about your cat’s breed but it will also tell you valuable information about your cat’s health.  If you have any questions about these cat DNA companies, you can always consult your local Veterinarian.

Does the Thai Cat Breed Have a Good Personality?

Thai cats are well-known to be super sweet and to be fun.  If you are looking for not only a cat that has a short coat and doesn’t shed much, but also will be a great friend you should give the Thai some consideration because they will be lovable friends.

Like many cats, Thai cats will want to hang out on high vantage points and keep a good eye on what is going on around them.  Besides being very watchful, they will likely be very vocal and give a lot of chatter.  If you have never heard a chattering cat, you will probably hear it with a Thai.  Cats have many noises and you’ll hear them with a vocal Thai cat.


The Thai cat will be a great addition to the home of someone that is looking for a cat that does not shed very much.  Thai cats have a short coat that will have easy upkeep.  This is probably due to their origin from Thailand.

In addition to not shedding very much, Thai cats are known to be very friendly and vocal cats.  If you have the opportunity to own a Thai cat you should probably take the opportunity since they will be a lovable friend.

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Christopher Carlson

I have an Domestic Shorthair Tabby named Charlotte. She is full of energy when she isn't sleeping most of the day. I share what I learn about cats on this site.

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