Although 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.