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Sam Sawet: Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

black sam sawet cat

Size: Medium
Weight: 9–15 pounds
Lifespan: 11–15 years
Colors: Black, gray, blue, brown, tan, chocolate, lilac
Suitable for: Families with or without children and other pets
Temperament: Curious, active, energetic, playful, social, independent

The Sam Sawet breed hails from Thailand, but not much is known about this relatively new breed. They have not yet been recognized by any cat associations or registries, so there isn’t a standard for the Sam Sawet.

It’s thought the Sam Sawet is a color variety of the Thai cat, a breed that naturally descended from cats in Thailand. These cats tend to be medium in size and are quite slender, with short and soft coats of fur. Typically, their coats are solid and come in black, gray, blue, chocolate, brown, and lilac.

Sam Sawet Kittens


Sam Sawets are energetic and playful cats that can be fairly social but might be shy around strangers. It’s possible to train them because they are quite smart. They have a long lifespan and are healthy overall because they are a natural breed.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Sam Sawet

1. The Sam Sawet is not a lap cat

They are loving cats, but they tend to not be that interested in spending time on your lap. They’ll still seek your attention at times, but they aren’t Velcro cats.

2. The Sam Sawet can be vocal

They are related to Siamese cats, so you can expect them to be a little more vocal than some other breeds.

3. Sam Sawets are a natural breed

These cats developed naturally from other breeds from Thailand. This means they were never bred with intention, so they are a healthy and long-lived breed of cat.


Temperament & Intelligence of the Sam Sawet

Sam Sawets are highly intelligent and tend to be curious and active cats. They are quite friendly and social and won’t demand your attention at all times, though they’ll certainly appreciate your affection and quality time spent with you.

They are also fairly laidback about change. For example, if you move to a new home, Sam Sawets will adjust quite well in no time at all. While they are social with their families, they do need to be introduced to strangers. They tend to be cautious around people whom they don’t know but should warm up quickly.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

Sam Sawets make excellent cats for families with or without children. They love to play, so they enjoy playing with children and aren’t aggressive. Just make sure you teach your kids about being gentle and respectful of your pets.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

These cats do get along with other pets, including dogs. There should always be a careful introduction period between different species, of course, but they can get along with dogs and other cats.

Things to Know When Owning a Sam Sawet

Food & Diet Requirements 🐡

Finding good, high-quality food for any cat is vital for keeping them healthy and living a long life. Both their dry food and canned food should be the right balance of protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Canned food is important for the extra protein, energy, and water content, and dry food can help your cat’s teeth.

All cats need protein from an animal source because this is the only way that they can get their required protein and vitamin A. Also, consider using a cat fountain, as cats prefer to drink from running water instead of standing water. They naturally drink more water from a fountain, which can help prevent issues with their kidneys as they age.

Exercise 🐈

It shouldn’t be difficult ensuring that Sam Sawets get enough exercise, given how naturally active they are. They enjoy a good play session, so just ensure that you have enough toys to play with them. When you’re away, consider interactive toys, a cat tree, and maybe even cat shelves.

Training 🧶

Training cats is not impossible, particularly when they are as intelligent as the Sam Sawet. However, anyone who knows cats also knows that cats will decide if they actually want to be trained and whether they are interested in listening.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming Sam Sawets is easy because they have short coats. Just a quick brushing once a week should be sufficient to ensure a healthy coat and to remove excess fur. Cats don’t need bathing like dogs because they do such a good job of it themselves.

Ensure that you invest in a cat scratcher, so your cat doesn’t only use your furniture as a scratching post. If you have a cat tree, your cat can scratch that too. You should also get your kitten used to nail trims from a young age.

Finally, your cat’s teeth usually need to be brushed about once a week. But since this is almost always a challenge, you can also pick up dental treats for your kitty.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Sam Sawets are healthy cats and aren’t as prone to health conditions as purebred cats. But most cats tend to have the same chances of certain conditions.

Minor Conditions

Sam Sawets are not guaranteed to get any of these conditions — there’s just the possibility. Many cats are prone to kidney disease when they become seniors, which is why having plenty of water available to them as they’re growing up and a balanced diet is so important.

Male vs. Female

Sam Sawets are about 9 to 15 pounds, and females are likely to be slightly smaller and lighter than males.

You should have your cat neutered or spayed unless you plan to breed them. Spaying and neutering help prevent not only unwanted pregnancies but also unwanted behaviors. Male toms tend to spray as a means of marking their territory, which is unpleasant, and they are more aggressive toward other male cats.

Regarding personalities, there aren’t too many differences between the sexes. It’s thought that females tend to be more aloof than males, but there are plenty of sweet and affectionate females out there. How a cat is treated throughout their life and how long they are kept with their mothers will make the biggest impact on their temperament.

Final Thoughts

Trying to locate a Sam Sawet will be a challenge. You can try finding Thai cat breeders and asking if they know where you can find one. You can also try to find one through social media. If you post your interest in a Sam Sawet, someone out there might be able to help you.

Sam Sawets are the perfect cats for anyone looking for an affectionate and loving yet not overly dependent and clingy pet. These beautiful cats are worth the effort to find, and hopefully, with luck, you’ll bring a Sam Sawet home with you one day.

Featured Image Credit: Bangtalay, Shutterstock

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