Cat Breeds

Korat cat

Korat cat – a silver-blue luck cat from Thailand.

Nature

Balanced, reminiscent of the character of old-type Siameses. Active, inquisitive, willing to play. Be careful with the windows! Korat can open them.

Very gentle towards people, which makes him the perfect cat for a home with older children and also a novice cat maker. There are individuals that are talkative like Siam, but this is rare – most Korats are not as loud.

Sociable – the Korat tolerates loneliness. It is advisable that he should have a cat company, preferably a second korat, and if it is impossible, that the guardian devotes a minimum of one hour a day to caressing and having fun together.

Korat cat. Advantages and disadvantages

Disadvantages

  • he doesn’t like loneliness
  • badly closes closing, needs more space, even a secured balcony or garden
  • not suitable for small apartments
  • very active, he loves running and climbing, also on curtains
  • the apartment (and man) should provide him with the necessary portion of entertainment and movement
  • prefers quietness, a house in a quiet area will be better than a window with a view of the airport or a busy street
  • he is quite noisy himself
  • likes orderly surroundings
  • if you often receive guests, think three times before buying a Korata – hates chaos and bustle

Advantages

  • very family run
  • gentle, cheerful
  • he loves children – he will be a great companion for older children (he likes silence)
  • quickly becomes attached to guardians
  • he easily and willingly learns new things, including searching and fetching, passing paws, sitting on the command, etc.
  • little molting
  • Fairly well tolerated by allergy sufferers
Korat cat

Korat cat. Health

Since the genes of this breed have not been weakened by experiments, the korats are a fairly healthy breed and resistant to many diseases typical of cats.

However, they may have Gangliosidosis – type GM1 or GM2 – an autosomal-recessive inherited genetic disease, which consists of the deposition of fat and sugar cells (gangliosides) in the brain of a sick animal. This leads to changes in the nervous system, starting around 2-3 months of life of the animal. Possible symptoms include imbalance, weakness, movement problems, convulsions, blurred vision, nystagmus, changes in behavior, and aggression. Two carriers of this defect may not be allowed to cross. The breeder is obliged to provide the buyer with a pedigree veterinary certificate confirming the absence or existence of GM carrier.

Due to the lack of undercoat, they tolerate low temperatures badly. In our climate, they should not go out for walks in the winter. It is worth ensuring that there are no drafts at home. They catch a cold easily.

They have a very sensitive sense of hearing. Be careful not to get too loud around him – the noise is extremely harmful to his ears.

Korat cat

Feeding

He likes raw and tender meat. But he is also a foodie – he can be mad. He loves to be pampered – also with food.

Care

Korat is easy to care for. Like most short-haired cats, they require periodical combing of dead hair (once a week is enough). Due to the lack of undercoat, molting is weak.

Important: the brush should be soft, preferably a rubber or special glove designed for combing – it will not damage the delicate coat of the korat.

Korat cat

Korat cat. History

Korat is from Thailand. One of the oldest breeds in the world, mentioned in manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries. According to malicious, this is the result of crossbreed Siamese and blue shorthair cats. Considered by the Thai people as a symbol of happiness and good luck (Si-Sawat – “happy cat”). In his native country, there is one more term used to describe it – “A cat with the color of clouds before the storm”. The name Korat comes from the name of the province.

It has gained popularity outside of its homeland since the 1960s. Rare already found in the wild in his homeland. As a breed practically unchanged for centuries.

A representative of this breed outside of Thailand was seen for the first time in the UK at a cat show in 1896, but modern breeding lines do not come until 1959, when American Jean Jean founded the first Koraty kennel in the USA, Cedar Glen. Its creation was accompanied by unusual circumstances.

Korat cat

Shortly after World War II, Jean Johnson went with her husband to Siam (today’s Thailand), where she wanted to have a Siamese cat. She learned, however, that the cat, which is considered to be truly Siamese, is quite different from what she imagined. Over the next six years, she tried unsuccessfully to capture Korata. At that time, she saw only a few such cats, invariably in the hands of important government officials, foreign diplomats or highly-born Thai people. She left, almost losing hope of fulfilling her dream, but she asked a Siamese friend to try to get a pair of cats of this breed for her. To her surprise, after six years, a friend informed her that she had a few Korats for her. And so in 1959, the first two Korats came to the United States from Thailand, male Nara and female Darr. 

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Korat – Shorthair and Somali cats – III cat. FIFe

EMS code: KOR

  • Origin: Thailand
  • Character: gentle, friendly, caring, very family
  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 4-6 kg
  • General appearance: muscular, oriental type
  • Head: round, seen from the front, has a heart shape, which is emphasized by curved eyebrows
  • Ears: large, broad at the base, slightly rounded at the tips; inner side of the ears slightly pubescent, outer abundantly covered with very short hair adhering to the body; ears high on the head, alert
  • Nose: gray-blue; a delicate alloy in profile; the tip is underlined with a slight downward curvature
  • Eyes: wide apart, large and round, amber when young, turn green at the age of about 2 years
  • Body: elegant, muscular, smooth; strong but not sluggish, the back slightly rounded; legs proportional to the body, hind longer than the front; paw pads gray-blue, round
  • Tail: medium to long, thicker at root, rounded at the end
  • Coat: short or medium length, delicate, silky, should fit tightly to the body; one layer (no undercoat); the coat of a perfect korat should shine when moving
  • Color: dark silvery-blue; silveriness applies only to the ends of the hair; white hair or tufts of a different color are not allowed; each hair should be lighter at the base, darken along with the hair to dark blue and finish with a silver color; silvery ends of the limbs are undesirable
  • Activity: very active, calms down with age
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: tolerates drafts and cold poorly; may be a carrier of gangliosidosis (we require a veterinary certificate towards GM when purchasing)
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
Korat cat

Interesting facts

It is considered a treasure of the national heritage of Thailand and handed to outstanding people in recognition and respect.

In his homeland, valued on a par with jewels, especially among rich merchants and in the higher spheres of society. The silver ends of the korat’s hair symbolized wealth.

Korat was the best gift for a young couple. It was believed that happiness would be conducive to the young, and the offspring would be numerous, if before the marriage the mother of the bride would give them a tomcat Korat as a gift. The condition of happiness was the presence of Korat during the first night of the newlyweds.

Formerly in the Thai villages, Korat was the focal point of the processions that took place during the drought. Since his coat resembled storm clouds, he was supposed to bring rain.

No other cat has such lush green eyes or a heart-shaped head.

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