Korat cat
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

Known as a good luck messenger in his native Thailand, the Korat cat has always been a very popular wedding gift. This tradition continues today.

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Characteristics "Korat cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Korat cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Playfulness

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Activity level

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Friendliness to other pets

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Friendliness to children

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Grooming requirements

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Vocality

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Need for attention

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Affection towards its owners

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Docility

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Intelligence

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Independence

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Hardiness

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History

The Korat is originally from Siam (current Thailand) and is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats.

The first references appear in the Tamra Maew, or “Cat Poems Book”, a manuscript written in the city of Ayutthaya between 1350 (when the kingdom of Siam was founded) and 1767 (when the city was sacked by the Burmese invaders). At the end of the 19th century, King Rama V (1869-1910) asked the monk Somdej Phra Buddhacharm Buddhasarmathera to reproduce this text on paper Khoi, version kept in the National Library in Bangkok.

This work describes 17 cats that bring good luck to their masters, and other 6 that bring bad luck. The Korat cat it is one of the most valued lucky cats in the country, and many traditions are associated with it; for example, given to brides as a guarantee of a happy marriage, and usually appears in ceremonies to attract rain for the cultivation of rice. Apparently, at that time, the Korat was a “village cat”, unlike in the Siamese cat, which was mainly adopted by the nobility of the kingdom of Siam.

The first Korats appeared in Great Britain in the late 19th century and are mentioned in the Book of Cats published in 1903 by Frances Simpson, Judge and feline historian. They were shown at feline shows as “blue siamese”, but this did not convince the judges, who had a different perception of Siamese. As a result, they were unsuccessful and disappeared from the country at the beginning of the 20th century.

However, the Korat returned to the western world in 1959, When Jean Johnson brought to the United States a couple of Korats (Nara and Darra) that her Foreign Service colleagues gave her husband when he left Thailand. Based in Oregon, his kennel Cedar Glen then imported other specimens at the beginning of the years 60 and was the first in the West to start a breeding program for Korat. Not in vain, the breed was officially recognized in 1966 by the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association), the main feline organization in the country.

The Korats they returned to the UK (and to europe) in 1972, and the first copies appeared in France in 1979. The recognition of the race by the TICA (International Cat Association) arrived that same year, and the FiFé (International Cat Federation) did the same the following year, in 1980.

Although today it is recognized by the vast majority of organizations, the Korat still a rare breed of cat in the western world. In United States, appears in the last positions of the classification of the breeds according to the number of annual registrations in the CFA, and it hardly does any better in the UK, with less than a hundred individuals enrolled annually in the GCCF – a figure that also tends to decrease year after year. In France, the records in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) were almost non-existent until 2010, but since 2013 some are registered 50 kittens a year.

Physical characteristics

Korat
Korat Yog-Hurt’s Atlach-Nacha at Turok Cat Show – Yog-Hurt's_Atlach-Nacha_at_Turok_Cat_Show.JPG: HeikkisiltalaGIC_Lucky_Uffe_at_cat_show_Hyvinkää.JPG: Heikkisiltaladerivative work: Abujoy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Korat it is a medium size cat, semilineal, with a medium-length tail that tapers to the tip. His powerful and muscular body makes him heavier than he seems, especially when fully grown, around the 3 years. However, this does not prevent him from being an agile cat.

Its head looks quite unusual: seen from the front, it has a heart shape, with ears large, round tip and high implantation. Their eyes large, round and expressive look oversized for your head, but they retain the typical inclination “Eastern” when they are closed or half closed. Kittens usually have yellow-amber eyes, but they turn green when they mature.

The fur it's short to medium, without Undercoat. Fine and closed, tends to bristle on the back when in motion. The coat is a uniform silvery blue color, no shading, marks or stains. The coat is brighter at the root, then tints to a darker blue and ends with a pronounced silver sheen. In the extremities of the body, where the hair is shorter, this silver glow is more intense.

The sexual dimorphism is moderately marked, the female being slightly smaller than the male.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 22 – 28 cm.
  • Female size: 20 – 26 cm.
  • Male weight: 3,5 – 4,5 kg
  • Female weight: 2,5 – 4 kg

Varieties:

In the Korat a recessive gene has appeared that can cause the silvery-blue color to fade, so it is not uncommon for kittens to be born with a purple-lilac color. This unrecognized variety is known as thai lilac.

Character and skills

Korat
Sitting female Korat cat with typical bulbous green eyes and blue sheen – Heikkisiltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Gentle and affectionate, the Korat he is unfailingly loyal to his master, whose company constantly seeks. He likes pampering, and spends most of the time near him to receive caresses and attention. It is not a breed of cat that easily supports loneliness: he does not like to stay home without his family, and if you have to stay there too long and too often, he runs the risk of shutting down and losing his usual affection.

The Korat it is also a breed of cat that adapts to children, appreciating playing with them and spending time with them. On the other hand, does not seek the company of other cats: between their fellow humans and the humans in their family, your preference is quite found. Its calm character makes it normally tolerate the presence of other cats or dogs accustomed to cats in its territory without problems., as long as it remains the main focus of its owner's attention. On the other hand, coexistence with birds or small rodents is not recommended.

Lively and playful, likes to chase a ball or chase paper balls thrown by their owner. However, no matter how active it is, he is not the destructive type and is perfectly comfortable in a flat without going out as long as his family takes the time to play with him.

By the way, noise and commotion are not for him either. Although they can tolerate the noise of a television or computer, they are likely to be startled by a loud ringing phone or a family member listening to loud music.

It is a very intelligent and docile cat, that can be trained relatively easily and that respects, for example, the places that are forbidden, like the dining room table, the kitchen or the clothes closet. Last but not least, the Korat it's not very noisy. Instead of meowing, often chooses to attract attention by rubbing around the paws or nibbling on the balls of the feet. However, they don't shut up: if they think they have something important to say, they do not hesitate to do it.

In short, its qualities and characteristics combine to make it a suitable breed as a first cat for someone with sufficient availability, but that will also delight an experienced owner.

Grooming and caring for the "Korat cat"

When it comes to coat care, cats Korat they do not have any complications. Their short coat, fine and silky does not require any special care. Regular brushing with a soft brush or comb is sufficient. The silver gray cloak with its silver hair tips has no undercoat, so it only needs to be brushed more frequently during the coat change season. However, it is worth brushing the Korat regularly, since this affectionate cat enjoys any kind of attention.

Being a house cat that does not explore the outside much, even when you have free access to it, it doesn't get very dirty, so it is generally not necessary to bathe him.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

Like al European shorthair cat (European), to the cats Korat they love to be outdoors and roam. Therefore, it is perfect if you live in a rural area and you can grant them free access. It is possible to keep them only inside. If you are willing to spend a lot of time with your new housemate and can offer him a safe garden or at least a safe outdoor area, the Korat you will feel comfortable even without access to the outside.

How much activity does the "Korat cat"?

Purebred cats are very active cats that need adequate exercise and opportunities to climb and, If it is possible, access to the outside. But even if you can give them free access, love getting attention and are reluctant to stop playing and snuggling together. Basically, if you have a Korat at home, you will discover that he likes to be with you in everything you do and seeks your closeness. Ideally, allow the Korat have a partner of your own, so that in case of doubt, always have a playmate available.

Health and nutrition

Korat
Korat breed cat family – FR:User:Epita, Max BOUCHE for the KORAT CLUB DE FRANCE, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
The Korat it is a robust cat breed, but it can be affected by certain health problems, starting by :

  • The gangliosidosis, an inherited disease that attacks the nervous system and causes paralysis. Can be detected by a parent and / or kitten test, but any Korat breeder worthy of this name is in charge of eliminating this risk by discarding any carrier individual from reproduction.;
  • the Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (CMH), a syndrome that causes difficulties for the heart to circulate blood, with potentially very serious consequences for the key.

In addition, the Korat appears to be more sensitive than other breeds to certain vaccines. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that the vet, when taking care of cat vaccinations, know this particularity of the Korat and take all necessary precautions.

Life expectancy

Of 12 - 15 years

Food

Not so difficult, the Korat can be fed with cat food from the market, which are croquettes or paté boxes. However, it is necessary to ensure the quality of the feed, which should provide you with all the essential nutrients for your good health.

Like most cats, the Korat is capable of self-regulation, and thus you can permanently leave food at your disposal – at the same time as fresh water – without rushing over her like a hungry man. However, care must be taken that the daily ration given is reasonable, to avoid the risk of the cat becoming overweight or obese, which can cause various diseases and health problems. If required, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian to choose a suitable diet, depending on the cat's lifestyle.

Buy a "Korat cat"

The price of a kitten Korat often haunt them 1.400 EUR. There is no significant price difference between a male and female kitten.

As the number of breeders of Korat is relatively small, you will have to be prepared for waiting times. But the wait is worth it, because Korat cats are robust cats that are not affected by overbreeding and convince with their character.

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Alternative names:

  • Si sawat
  • The goal
  • Khorat
  • Maeo Dok-Lao
  • Bluish gray cat
  • Lucky cat

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