Kamnan Preecha and Ampawa

Ampawa's floating market is a popular day trip destination from Bangkok and the Thai Cat Centre is one of its supplemental attractions which was founded some years ago when Governor Nawin Khanthahiran of Samut Songkram approached Kamnan Preecha Pukkabut, a local leader noted for his love of Thai cats, which he dates from looking after a Wichienmas cat as a child.

For practical purposes, Preecha settled on four Tamra Maew-derived breeds: Wichianmas, Suppalak, Korat, and Konja (black cat), plus the Khaomanee. Preecha's breeding success has been particularly great with the Coppers, which are very beautiful and numerous at the Thai Cat centre.

Kamnan Preecha's granddaughter Khun Ta currently holds the organizational reins of the big cattery, which will hopefully continue its role as the major Thai Cat cattery in the country for some time to come.

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