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Korat

KoratAlthough believed to have already been highly esteemed in Thailand way back in the 13th Century (and perhaps even earlier), it was not until 1959 when the first Korats were brought to the US that marked its beginning in America. Also referred to as Si-sawat or the “Good Luck Cat”, the Korats are said to be a very ancient breed that was named after the Korat province found in the northeast region of Thailand.

Korats are generally small to medium-sized, muscular cats with a broad forehead, heart-shaped head, and large, widely-set ears. One of the breed’s most distinctive features is their remarkably prominent, slightly slanted, round eyes which start as blue during kittenhood, eventually becoming amber, and then finally luminous green by adulthood (probably at the time the cat reaches 3 to 4 years old). Korat cats have a short, dense glossy coat that is uniformly silver-blue in color, from birth to death. However, there seems to be a recessive gene occurring in some members of the line that bring into being Korats with occasional blue or lilac points. Such varieties are called Thai Pointed or Thai Lilac.

Temperament
Affectionate and extremely sensitive, Korat cats are pets that thrive on constant attention and are capable of forming close bonds with their owners. They have such a curiously strong need for human companionship that they are prone to becoming ill-humoured and even depressed if left alone for too long. Korats are particularly sensitive to sounds and tend to become easily upset with loud noises. Although this breed is generally a gentle cat, Korats are not usually the best pick for busy households with small kids due to their rather strong aversion to noise. In addition, Korat cats have also been observed to be inquisitive and highly intelligent.

Grooming
The Korat has a shiny, fine, and low-maintenance coat that only requires brushing done twice a week. However, the breed needs to be combed more often during spring when they shed their winter coat. The only other grooming needs you have to give the Korats are regular nail trimming and ear cleaning. Dental care also should not be overlooked in order to ensure the cat’s overall good health.

Health Concerns
Korat cats are a generally healthy breed with no reported serious health susceptibility at the moment. Like most cats, this breed is said to have an average lifespan of about 15 years.

Best Environment
Korats are well-suited to any living environment with responsible owners who will love him and take good care of him. Just keep this adorable cat indoors in order to safeguard him from the common dangers posed by the outside life like car accidents, infectious diseases from other cats, and attacks from other animals.

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  2. Edna

    Apr 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    We adopted two cats from one of our local animal shelters. Curious to know their breeds, our son found this catingtonpost.com site. Browsing thru the different cat breeds, seems like we got ourselves one female American Shorthair Red Tabby and one female Korat with some lilac points and lilac rings around the end of her tail. The information given here matches very well to the character, behavior and description of our female Korat cat. When reading the breed’s description here, we were surprised to find out that they are “”Also referred to as Si-sawat or the “Good Luck Cat”, the Korats are said to be a very ancient breed that was named after the Korat province found in the northeast region of Thailand””; due to the fact that the previous owners were Chinese and had purchased this Korat cat at a Local Pet Store. They were moving back to China and could not bring their Korat Cat with them. Thus, deciding to take “Miao” (Miao which meant “Sister” according to them?) to the animal shelter in hopes of finding a good loving home! And she has! We decided to name her “Mia” and is now 9 months old! We are very blessed to have Mia in our home! What an awesome cat and breed!

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