The Korat is an ancient feline variety with a solid silver coat, slender body and fascinating emerald green eyes. In its native country of Thailand it’s considered as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. The breed is notable for more biddable and easy-going temperament than its Siamese cousin.
Photo: © Chanan (korats.com)
The Korat came to existence in Thailand where it’s better known as the Si-Sawat cat. This graceful cat with silver-blue coat was thoroughly depicted in several ancient books and some of which date as far as to the XIV century. It was perceived as a welcome gift and there was a well-established tradition to present it in pairs. The Thailand bride inevitably received the kittens of the Korat, which were supposed to bring wealth and fertility into the house of a young family. The breed was named after the area in northeast Thailand where this feline is believed to have originated.
There is a theory that the first specimens of the Korat were first introduced to the Western public at a cat show in England in 1896. Nonetheless it’s rather debatable whether it was genuine Korats or just solid blue Siamese. Initially the breed was brought to the United States by an American couple Johnsons in 1959. Johnsons were presented with two Korats (Nara and Darra) after the husband had retired from the Foreign Service in Thailand. Lots of these cats have been imported since then and all modern Korats can trace their pedigree the way back to Thailand.
The Cat Fanciers Association granted its recognition to Korat in 1967 and presently the breed is formally accepted by all the major feline registries. It’s reckoned to be a natural breed and it has never been mated to other feline variety in the process of its development or to invent a new breed.
The Korat is a quick-witted and confident cat, which thrives on human companionship. It usually chooses one or two people as the objects for its adoration although it wouldn’t mind accepting love and attention from other family members as well. The breed tends to meet strangers with initial wariness but and will commonly avoid their caress. Nevertheless it quickly becomes friends with anyone who treats it respectfully and carefully.
This cat will faithfully follow you all over the house and can demonstrate serious behavioural issues if left alone for hours on end. It commonly gets on with other species of household pets although it expects to take dominative position in the packing order. The Korat is a vigorous cat, which will become a perfect play mate for children.
This breed tends to be much less vocal than the Siamese, but it’s certainly aware of various methods to communicate its point of view to the master. The Korat does best in calm and stable households since it can’t stand loud noises and lot of fuss. Thanks to its well-developed intellect and natural inquisitiveness it can be taught various tricks. The cat usually likes the training process especially if its successes are rewarded with its favourite food. Make sure to provide this cat with plentiful of interactive toys so it can entertain itself while you are out.
The Korat will become an excellent four-legged soul mate for everyone who wants to have an equally playful and gentle cat with strong and independent character.
The most common problems for the breed include:
· neuromuscular degenerative disease;
· sensitivity to anaesthesia;
· GM1 and GM2 gangliosidosis.
The Korat should receive fairly standard maintenance. Its single short coat has delicate texture and will look well-groomed and shiny if you brush it couple times per week. Expect to brush this cat more frequently and thoroughly in the spring when it gets rid if its winter coat.
It’s also important to trim the cat’s nails weekly as well as to clean its ears if necessary. Regular teeth brushing should also become the obligatory part of grooming routines. The Korat should be introduced to above-mentioned procedures as early as possible so it won’t be afraid of them in maturity.