Animal Stories - Tonkinese Cats

Animal-World Information about: Tonkinese Cats

The Tonkinese are lively but gentle creatures that they fit very well into families with children!
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Lauren - 2019-03-19
My cat recently passed after gifting me 19 wonderful years.. I'm looking for another cat to keep my little girl company. She misses her brother very much. So please of anyone has or knows anyone thats selling tonkinese kittens please let me know!!!

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  • Wayne Doucette - 2019-05-23
    I do not know of anyone selling and would like to know of someone as our cat
    of 19 years is very sick and will be passing away soon. I am reaching out to
    you to ask that if you find someone selling would you please advise me so that I may contact them.
  • David Angel - 2019-09-25
    We originally had two (2) Tonkinese cats. We have a large home ( 7 bedrooms) so both kiddies
    Had plenty of space to roam, chase, explore. One “Mink” died when he was 13 years old. His
    death was caused by an inoperable tumor. The other cat stayed very close to my wife and me.
    He died when he was 19 years old basically from old age. Both cats were never allowed to go
    outside.We live at North Lake Tahoe and have Bears, Coyotes, and Bobcats. After a few months to get over the death, we finally located a Tonkinese breeder that was only 150 miles from Tahoe
    and purchased two (2) new baby Tonkinese cats. They almost destroyed the entire house as they were growing up: Boundless sources of energy, insatiable need for exploration. Middle of the night “wake up those who feed us “ as they both were in the mood for play. Great Cats!
Kris - 2019-07-09
Tonkinese breeder email me at

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  • Tracy Colby - 2019-08-03
    My family is very interested in making a tonkinese addition to our family. I have many questions. Do you have any females available? If so, how old are they? Do you have pictures? Where are you located? And how much do they cost? I appreciate your time.
Anonymous - 2019-07-09
Tonkinese breeder email if interested

jules - 2012-10-17
we had a gorgeous blue tortie tonkinese called Martha. We got her when she was twelve weeks old, i remember her ears were far to big for head, and she hissed at our then one year old cat Jem when we first brought her home. They soon became the best of friends. She had a very naughty side to her, chewing electrical cables,(she chewed through a hairdryer and my husbands play station) we had to put cable tidies on everything in the house but she also had the most loving personality i have ever known in a cat, she was my baby. she followed me everywhere, talking as she went. Very sadly, five weeks ago we had her put to sleep, she lost a lot of weight through a thyroid condition and developed a kidney infection, she was fifteen and a half, we are devestated, the house feels so empty without her, my heart feels like it has broken into a million pieces.We miss her every day.

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  • Juliet - 2012-10-29
    I know how you feel. I had a cat named Minnie I loved very much. But she died recently because she had a disease.
  • jules - 2012-11-07
    Oh dear, really sorry to hear that. What colour was Minnie and how old was she?
  • karen - 2015-05-27
    I just read this post. So sorry. Did you get another.
  • ryan - 2017-05-17
    my burlious was 14 when we had to put him down. he lost weight but had a tumor that was half his body weight. it was the hardest decision ever. that cat greeted me everyday at the door no matter my mood. point is they are tbe best breed. better than dogs. they love u just as much and can handle it being alone and i will never forget him. so if anyone is thinking about bringing a cat into they're life this breed is the one. i miss my buddy because he made my life whole.
gaeila - 2013-05-20
Pretty good story, but the price information is somewhat out of date. As in way low. I have been breeding Tonks for many years, and last year (2012)we lost too much money selling them for $600 each. We only want to break even--we are a tiny, closed, non-show but still pedigree cattery, and I'm not posting our web site, 'cause this isn't about advertising. Plus, our wait list is already getting too long. :) We get a lot of people from both coasts, and oddly enough, Chicago too, where the price for a pedigree Tonk runs $1K - $2K, and the sky can be the limit. BTW, my very first Tonkinese lived to be 23 years old! In my experience, the more sturdily, stockier built cats tend to be healthier and live longer. If anyone knows of an actual pedigree Tonkinese kitten for only $400 I would definitely like to hear about it. (at least 6 generations Tonk only; mating a Burmese & Siamese does not meet the current definition) Thanks and good wishes to all!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    Thanks so much for the updated info on the price of these little beauties. And awesome that you devote yourself to this wonderful breed!
  • Wendy Luba - 2015-09-04
    I got my first Tonk in 1971, which was the product of a Siamese/Burmese breeding.  I had grown up with Siamese and loved the color of the Burmese and had always hoped to get one; so, when I saw an ad in the paper for the Siamese/Burmese kitten for $15.00, I jumped on it and brought home my first Tonk (not knowing it at the time).  He lived to be 14 and I have always had one ever since.  My second one cost me $300, and 15 years later I paid $1,000 (in 2005) and I live in NH.  So, I agree that the price is way off and in the northeast, it is difficult to even find a breeder as they are few and far between; but for me, there is no other breed, so I go to cat shows semi regular to try to keep up on who is breeding in my area, so when the time comes, I can find another one.  In my opinion, the Tonk got the best of both worlds from their Siamese and Burmese ancestry and are the most loving cat with personality plus.  I hope to never be without one.
Thai Dye Cattery - 2012-07-24
Tonks are mystical, adventurous, goofy, thoughtful, loving, interactive and just plain wonderful! I love reading all these people's comments about how their Tonks have affected their lives. I can't see being without one!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-25
    They must be.  More people write in about a Tonkinese than any other cat.  I guess it takes them awhile to train their human but when the human finally understands what they are supposed to do - all works out wonderfully.
Susan Moore - 2007-10-08
We love ours. He is so playful and very smart. He is like a person. He does sound like an elephant running through the house and swings like a monkey! I would have a 100 of them if I could. Love this breed. He likes to pretend he's a dog by copying our dog. Lays down right beside our dog and tries to lay in the same positions. When the dog hears someone at the door, she barks and they both go running to the door to greet whom ever is there. Our Tonk tries to play with our dog but the dog is too old to get into it. He will play with our friends dogs. He loves to run around and make his cute little noise when he is playing. Other than that, he is very quiet. He is very lovingly. He is our baby!

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  • Miranda Haley - 2012-02-17
    I wish I could have a cat like that... :( but my sister is allergic to animal hair, and my mom is only allergic to some animal hair but they won't get a cat, not even a kitten and I love cats and especially cats that love dogs. Well, I hope your cat will have fun with the dog. And I might even become a vet assistance if I study harder. But I got a long ways to go because I'm only a sophomore.
Rachel - 2012-09-22
My beautiful boy Lyon is 12 years old. I came on here to see what the average age of a tonkinese might be and am so pleased that hopefully, I may have him around for a nice long time yet. He really has been the most wonderful boy, gentle, affectionate, funny everything you could ever want in a cat. When I went away recently to visit my daughter for 6 weeks, I left him with my parents who adore him, when I walked into the room where he was asleep in his basket, he heard my voice and immediately jumped out, said hello very loudly and came bounding straight to me....he had missed me, it was very obvious. He has always given way more than he has taken, I thank him every day for that.

John Green Cabbo Cattery - 2010-11-19
Hi everyone I am a Tonkinese breeder in Toowoomba, Australia check out my website we have pics and information on Tonkinese.

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  • carol - 2012-08-19
    Hi John, I have addopted one of your breeding cats cabbo sandy dee from Mr and Mrs wilkinson ( I also have cabbo moet blue) I adore them both, but I am having trouble finding food that sandy dee will eat. I have tried all the good wet food, but she eats very little, could you please tell me what you fed her when she was with you, moet will eat everything, loves chicken necks, but daily does not seem to like anything she has to chew. please help many thanks carol
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-20
    Sorry if i am eaves dropping but have you check her teeth/gums in case of abcess?  If she won't chew - possibly a bad tooth of infection or abcess.
Miranda Haley - 2012-02-23