Tonkinese Cat

The Tonkinese Cat

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The Tonkinese is quite the social butterfly. This breed is very friendly, very active and very loving. This cat will not follow you around. Rather he will sit on your shoulder demanding attention as you go about your daily duties. The Tonk loves greeting friends and family when they visit. He does not do well being left alone for hours while his human goes to work. It is best to make sure your Tonkinese has a friend to play with when you are not home or a variety of interactive toys.

He is a very intelligent and playful cat. Tonkinese prefer to be up high so a tall cat tree would suit this breed just fine. He can get bored with toys quickly so interactive puzzles for cats are a purrrfect choice. The Tonknese can be taught tricks, how to fetch and even how to walk on a leash. Known for their stubbornness, they will not quit until they get their own way but it is usually OK as this cat is quite amusing to watch getting there..

Tonkinese are vocal but there voice is not loud or obnoxious. When this breed has used up all his energy he is quite happy to curl up on a loving lap to take a nap.

Breed Characteristics

Life Span

10-16 years


6-12 lbs







Pet Friendly

Easy To Groom​


The Devon Rex can be prone to the following health issues:

  • Sensitivity to anesthesia
  • Gingivitis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Crossed Eyes
  • Lymphoma
  • Asthma
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Hyperesthesia Syndrome the causes hair loss and a dislike of being petted
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Nystagmus


With a very short coat the Tokinese is quite easy to care for. A weekly brushing is all that is needed to remove dead hair. An occasional bath if dirty or greasy may be needed.

Teeth should be brushed daily or as often as possible. Nails should be trimmed monthly. Discharge from their eyes can be removed gently with a soft wet cloth. Cats with folded ears need special attention. Make sure the ears are clean. If they appear to have dirt wipe gently with a cotton ball. If your Tonk’s ears have a yeasty smell or your cat shakes his head persistently seek medical care.

The Tonkinese should be kept indoors only. They are a rare breed and owner’s risk their cats being stolen if let outside unsupervised. Be sure the litter box is cleaned daily as the Tonkinese is a very particular creature when it comes to cleanliness and will go outside the litter box if he considers it to be dirty.

Coat Color

The Tonkinese comes in solid mink, and pointed shades of platinum, blue and champagne. These colors can create up to 12 different combinations in the Tonk. Their nose is either a lavender pink or lavender grey and is related to coat color. Paws can come in cinnamon brown or lavender pink.

Children and Other Pets

Because the Tonkinese is so social he does very well with active boisterous children and cat friendly dogs. He will fetch as well as any Labrador, learn tricks as good as a Border Collie and demand as much attention as a Chihuahua. The Tonk gets along very well with other animals in the household as long as they are friendly towards him.

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