In Thai tradition, this feline is given as a gift to newlyweds or respected individuals as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. It is a distinctive cat with a silver-blue coat, emerald-green eyes cat, and a compact, muscular body. Closely related to Siamese but is less vocal, but would never be shy sharing what’s it is up to. Also regarded as the “sweetheart cat,” its face is heart-shaped matched by a sweet, hearty personality.
Origin of the Korat Cat
The Korat has a long history, spanning about 600 years. This feline has been widely described in literature and artworks starting in Thailand’s Ayudha period in the 14th century. Based on illustrations, it appears that the breed didn’t undergo many changes across the past centuries.
Also known as Si-Sawat or “grayish-blue,” the cat hails from the Korat region of the country. Based on books, they symbolized good luck and prosperity and were only given as gifts, and never sold. All Korat cats in the world trace their roots from Thailand.
In 1959, two Korats named “Nara” and “Dara” were given to a retiring U.S. Foreign Service couple in Thailand. They brought the Korats to the United States, and the two felines served as the progenitor of the breed in the West. Soon, the breed was recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1967 and then reaching Britain in 1972.
Physical Characteristics of the Korat Cat
Length: 15 to 18 inches
Weight: 8 to 10 pounds (Males), 6 to 8 pounds (Females)
Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
Coat Color: Blue Silver
Type of Coat: Short, fine, glossy
Eye Color: Emerald Green
Korat cats is a medium-sized cat with a compact, muscular build. They are easily mistaken for Russian Blue cats, as both breeds sport the same short bluish-gray coat. However, the former is quickly distinguishable from the latter through its heart-shaped head and large emerald-green eyes. Truth to be told, this breed is only one of the few feline breeds available only in single fur color. While it’s rare, these cats may have vivid or faint whitish stripes, spots, or markings that grow in size as these furball ages.
Korat Cat Personality
Korats are intelligent and assertive cats, yet they can be very possessive of their people. They often chose one to two people to give their full devotion and with whom they like to spend most of their day. When visitors come, they are most likely to stay to their loving owners but are still open to receive attention from others.
Since they are given as pairs in Thai tradition, except Korats to seek companionship, be it from any person around the house or any other pets. They will follow their owners all the time. If left alone, they may experience separation anxiety or develop behavioral issues.
When it comes to energy, Korats surely has a lot of them. They will enjoy playing fetch, walk on a leash, and be trained for household rules. Interactive active toys are good tools to keep them busy and stimulate both their minds and body. However, Korats can be adamant in sharing stuff and playthings they view as their possession.
While they can be very be opinionated with their choice, Korat cats are generally calm cats that will be happiest in a quiet environment. They are not renowned for being vocal, but will never be shy to use various sounds, such as trills or chirps, to share whatever they’re thinking.
Caring for the Korat Cat
Korats cats are a less-maintenance breed. Their single, short, glossy, fine coat is relatively easy to groom and would suffice in a twice-a-week brushing routine to keep them healthy. However, they may need more brush during the spring, where they will shed for their winter coat.
Other grooming requirements they need include regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, and dental brushing. It is best to acquaint these cats with these grooming needs at a young age to accept such activities easily.
As with other cat breeds, Korat cats need regular immunizations and parasite control. They are generally healthy but are known to be vulnerable to gangliosidosis, an inherited condition characterized by an enzyme deficiency that affects the nervous system and leads to paralysis. Visiting the vet can help detect or prevent any illness and ensure these cats live a long, healthy life.
When it comes to toddlers, Korats will love the attention of children who will treat them respectfully. If trained properly, they can be good friends with kids.
Like many Oriental cats, Korats likes to bond with other Korats rather than other feline breeds or different types of pets. However, given their desire for companionship, they may learn to be close friends with other cats and dogs through time, as long as the initial introduction has been observed.
Korat cats are ideal for families looking for a sweet and cuddly cat. They will serve as adorable gifts to lovely homes willing to accept his possessive yet hearty personality, rewarding them with affection and devotion.