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The Korat Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 6-10 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 6-10 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 6-10 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.
The Korat Cat is a medium-sized cat with a semi-cobby body. These cats are well known for their silver-tipped, blue-grey coat. The prominent, peridot-green eyes complete it’s distinctive look. It has a heart-shaped head, large ears and large round eyes. This breed has a low percentage of body fat. However, these cats are surprisingly hefty when picked up. This is an intelligent and quiet breed. It is possessive of its people and likes following them around. They love spending time with their owners and don’t like being left alone. The Korat Cat will accept affection from guests and strangers. However, it will cherish its owner above everyone else. These cats get along with other pets as long as they are the ones in charge.

Breed History

The Korat Cat comes from Thailand, where it is also known as the Si Sawat Cat. The breed got its name after the province of its origin, the Nakhon Ratchasima Province, known as Korat in Thailand. In its homeland, the Korat Cat is colloquially known as the ‘good luck cat‘. These cats were popular gifts, always presented in pairs. The breed is associated with fertility and prosperity and it was therefore traditionally gifted to newlyweds. Until recently, the Korat Cats were never sold, but only given as gifts. It is believed that first Korat Cats in Britain appeared under the name ‘Blue Siamese’. In 1986, a cat resembling the Korat description was exhibited at a show in England. However, it is still unclear if this was definitely a Korat Cat or a solid-colored Siamese. In the 1950s, the first Korat Cats made it into the United States. The Cedar Glen cattery was the first to import a breeding pair of Korat Cats, a male named Nara and female named Darra. The Korat breeders founded the Korat Cat Fanciers Association in order to promote the breed in 1965. A couple years later, the Cat Fanciers Association officially recognized the breed. Nowadays the breed is recognized by all cat organizations. This is a natural breed that has never been outcrossed to any other breed.

Size Standards

The Korat can range from small to medium in size. These cats have a semi-cobby body, with a tapering at the waist. They have a fairly short and heavy neck, muscular shoulders and a broad chest. The head is heart-shaped, with large, wide open green eyes and large ears. Combined, these traits give the Korat Cats an observant and alert look. These are graceful-looking cats that feel strong and surprisingly heavy when picked up. Male Korat Cats are slightly larger than females and weigh 8-10 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 6-8 pounds. This is a moderately active breed that needs regular exercise to stay in shape. Additionally, it is important to feed your cat with grain-free dry cat food to prevent obesity. Talk to your vet if your cat has any special dietary needs.

Korat Cat Personality Traits

The Korat Cat is very possessive of its people. These cats love to be involved in their owners’ lives and will follow them around the house. Generally, Korats aren’t shy and will receive affection from guest and strangers. However, they always prefer the company of their owners.
The Korat is attention-seeking and demanding breed that doesn’t like being left alone. This breed is best suited for people who work from home or spend most of their time indoors. Korat Cats that are left alone for longer periods of time can become depressed and develop separation anxiety. Therefore, think about the time you are able to devote to your cat before getting a Korat. This is a smart breed with a great memory, which will enjoy playing with puzzle toys. In addition to that, they are also easy to train. You can easily teach your cat how to walk on a leash or do tricks. The Korat Cat conforms well to the rules when rewarded with treats or praises. They are moderately active, but energetic cats that like to play. The Korat needs a lot of cat toys in order to stay content. Furthermore, these cats don’t know how to share and are very possessive of their belongings. If you have several cats, make sure that there is plenty of toys to go around. Otherwise, the stubborn Korat won’t be pleased and will get into a fight with other cats. Despite being rather opinionated, the Korat is, in fact, a quiet breed. They love lying down on their owners’ laps and enjoy the peace and quiet. However, the Korat is capable of making many different sounds when it feels the need to get it’s point across. Overall, this is a loyal and affectionate cat, that loves its owners above everyone else.

Adaptability

The Korat is a highly adaptable breed. Even though these cats form strong attachments to their owners, adult adopted Korats will quickly adjust to a new home. Make sure that you give enough love and attention to your cat and he will adjust to almost anything. This is an energetic but moderately active breed. These cats love to play, but also love to nap in their owners’ laps. It is a good idea to get a cat tree condo to keep your cat active and burning calories. Additionally, spend some time every day playing with your cat to keep him in top shape.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Korat is a natural breed, which makes these cats fairly healthy. However, there are some health issues associated with this breed of cats. This doesn’t mean that your cat, if you have one, has these problems. The following health-related issues have been observed in this breed.
  • GM1 and GM2 GangliosidosisThis is a genetic neuromuscular degenerative disease. This condition occurs when a cat lacks certain enzymes that are necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Symptoms of this disease include vision loss, difficulties in walking, loss of balance, head tremors and weight loss. Tests for this condition are available.
  • A low percentage of body fat: Korat Cats typically have a low percentage of body fat. This isn’t necessarily a health problem and doesn’t have any impact on a cat’s health. However, this fact has to be taken into the account when deciding how much and what type of anaesthesia a Korat Cat will get when undergoing any type of surgery.

Lifespan

The Korat Cat has an average lifespan of 10-15 years. Generally, this is a healthy breed that can live even longer with proper care. To avoid genetic issues, make sure that your cat has been tested for Gangliosidosis.

Grooming Needs

The Korat Cat has a short single coat that is easy to maintain. Brush your cat once a week with a soft bristled brush to remove dead hair. Regular grooming will improve circulation and distribute skin oils through the coat. Thanks to its single coat, the Korat doesn’t shed much.

Korat Cat Coat Colors

The Korat’s soft and shiny coat comes only in silver-blue color variety. The short coat starts in a light blue shade at the roots, darkening and ending in silver tips, giving the coat a specific glow. Kittens may have ghost tabby markings which should disappear with maturity.

Compatibility With Children and Other Pets

The attention-seeking Korat Cat will like the attention it receives from children. These cats like to play and will spend time with children who know how to handle a cat. The Korat gets along with other cats and dogs only if it is the one in charge. Although they prefer having company, they may not become friends with other pets in your home. However, if you introduce pets properly and give them time, the Korat will eventually accept other animals. The Korat prefers the company of other cats of the same breed. So consider getting two cats instead of one. This is a moderately active breed that likes to have a lot of toys. To keep your Korat Cat exercised invest in a variety of toys. The Korat is deeply attached to its people so try spending at least 30 minutes every day playing with your cat.