Tonkinese Breed Information

Tonkinese are naturally curious and fairly active, requiring lots of toys to keep them amused. They can be talkative but not overly loud, and usually bond strongly with people, often happy to sit on your lap. They seem to prefer being low down rather than high up.

Breed-related health conditions:

Tonkinese are not known to have any hereditary health issues, and are seemingly a healthy breed.

Coat care:

As short-haired cats, Tonkinese shouldn’t need much in the way of grooming. They like to keep themselves clean, and their coats aren’t prone to matting. A weekly groom should be sufficient to keep their coat in good condition.

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your Tonkinese Cat with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Tonkinese Cats that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  1. Dog and cat insurance policies from 8 weeks of age.
  2. 24/7 veterinary advice online or over the phone with Petcall.
  3. Manage your policy online with the PDSA Insure Hub.
  4. Monthly payment at no extra cost.

By insuring your Tonkinese Cat with PDSA Pet Insurance you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.

Energy levels
Overall grooming needs
Compatibility with other pets
Tendency to vocalise
Lap cat
Tendency to climb jump
Average lifespan 15 years
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Nothing specific
Average purchase cost £500
Estimated cost over lifetime £16,900
Average weight 3.8kg
Breed group Foreign

Not sure if the Tonkinese is the right pet for you?