Get to know the Tonkinese
All you need to know about the breed
The beautiful short-haired Tonkinese cat is a stunner and their human admirers are aplenty. Smart, and hugely convivial, they enjoy time with others - playing, socialising, sleeping, anything as long as the company is good. Yes they are inquisitive, like most cats, but Tonkinese-type cats seem to push it up a notch.
The breed shares the distinctive point colouration of their Siamese ancestors - that splendidly pale body with darker extremities, a black muzzle, and piercing blue eyes. If a repeat cat owner, you will be one satisfied customer; if new to the cat kingdom, this is a fantastic cat to have out of the gate.
Call them overly social: Tonkinese cats get a thrill out of having pals over! Other cats, dogs, people of any age - all are welcome. They revel in being the centre of attention. Warm and sociable, this is a cat who truly does not like being home alone. Consider some company for them, if you’re out of the house a good deal.
The Tonkinese cat breed is the perfect marriage between the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds, which combines the intelligence and curiosity of the former and the chilled-out vibe of the latter. There aren’t different types of Tonkinese breeds, just the original robust and healthy cat. Another super aspect of the Tonkinese personality: They emit more dulcet tones than their Siamese cousin, whose meow is known to be high-pitched. A chatty catty, the Tonkinese cat enjoys a good convo and will never hesitate to express themselves.
A curious cat through and through, they’re never too busy to stop for a petting session, preferably held in your lap. Just make sure you’re sitting comfortably – they’re a lot heavier than they look.
Lively and playful as well, there are many positive Tonkinese cat characteristics, primary among them that they are very intelligent. Keeping their minds occupied with playing, puzzles and fun toys is pretty essential to a pleased feline. A Tonkinese cat can even be taught tricks and welcomes the challenge. So full of personality are they that any Tonkinese owner should get used to the odd bit of mischief. The breed makes a good pet for owners who truly enjoy cat play time as much as the cat in question.
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Hybrid and health
Overall, the Tonkinese breed has enjoyed an
excellent state of health since they started life as a hybrid, which limits
their ability to be too inbred. However, because the Siamese is their ancestor,
they can be susceptible to a few of the health issues that Siamese cats
potentially go through, including respiratory illnesses, congenital heart
defects, certain gastrointestinal conditions or oral hygiene problems. The Tonkinese
type of breed may also be vulnerable to amyloidosis, the heavy deposit of
amyloid protein in a cat’s organs. A regular round of visits to the
veterinarian will keep your Tonkinese cat in top form.
Use the buddy system
The Tonkinese cat isn’t an independent,
leave-me-alone cat. Their incredibly social nature and lively intelligence mean
they require a lot of interaction
with others – whether that is animal or human. They epitomise the curious cat,
but mostly want to know what you’re thinking and when you’ll pet them next.
When you have to step out, the Tonkinese will appreciate a cat or dog friend to
play with during the day. Let the games begin! The Tonkinese temperament is
confident and fun - they’ve even been known to play hide-and-seek with their
Kind of a brainiac
The Tonkinese has high intelligence and will have a good time displaying it, including a healthy game of fetch here and there, even if they don't bring you the toy each time. It's all part of the fun - and the more toys, the better, as far as this breed is concerned. Anything to keep them active and their smart minds occupied.