The Korat is a very original breed that originated in Southeast Asia. During the Ayudhya epoch (1350 to 1767), not only the Siamese lived in Thai monasteries, but also a few other, lesser-known slim cat breeds. Among them was the Korat. Allegedly it was mentioned in writing in Thailand in the 14th century.
In her home country Thailand the Korat was formerly called “Si-Sawat” (Sawat = luck and prosperity) and was in great demand among the nobility. For the Thai people, the korat is considered a lucky charm and is often given away at weddings.
The first Korat specimens came to Europe at the end of the 1950s, where they were paired with Bluepoint Siamese to avoid inbreeding . After that, the Korat slowly found its way into America and Europe.
The first breeding pair was imported to the USA. From there began an incomparable triumphal march around the world. The Korat has been recognized by FIFé since 1983. Although oriental breeds are popular around the world, the Korat is still a relatively rare breed outside of Thailand.
Even today there are very few Korat breeders in Germany, so if you would like to have a Korat, you should be prepared for a longer waiting period.
Korat cats are calm and sociable, but at the same time very intelligent and playful. They are ideal pets and can be very attached to their human friends.
Appearance of the Korat
Oriental shape, heart-shaped face and silver-blue, silver-tipped fur make the Korat unique. She is of medium height, medium weight and muscular behind her gentle curves. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs, the tail is of medium length.
The body of the Korat cat is somewhat strong overall and slightly tapered at the waist. The neck is relatively short and connects to the broad chest. The Korat’s shoulders are slightly wider than their chests.
The coat of the Korat is short, silky, finely shiny and has no undercoat. It is smooth and close to the body. The color is silver blue with silver hair tips. In contrast to the blue fur of many other cat breeds, the gene for the blue color of the Korat is inherited dominantly.
The eyes of the Korat are very large, round and shine bright green in the adult cat. They stand wide apart in the heart-shaped face with its broad, flat forehead. The ears are large, set high and have rounded tips.
Character and Essence
The rare Korat is a gentle and affectionate breed. She is very sociable and feels most comfortable with some conspecifics and their people. The Korat is a rather dominant cat who gets along with her own kind, but will play first fiddle here. With a pronounced self-confidence, the Korat allows her people to court her and thanks them with a loving and affectionate way.
The Korat loves extensive exploratory tours through all the rooms in the house, the neighbour’s garden or through meadows and forests, as well as extensive pats.
She is extremely curious, attentive and loves to take part in everything her human pack leader does. The sociable cat does not like boredom and loneliness. She values an animal companion with whom she can play and fight.
The Korat is very similar in behavior and needs to the native farm cats (European Shorthair). She loves the great outdoors and should therefore be kept as an outdoor cat in rural areas.
A purely residential housing is only possible if the owner can find enough time for this demanding cat. She wants to be busy and cared for and not too short.
However, the Korat would definitely like to have a companion to play with.
Before purchasing an animal, it is fundamentally important to find out all about a balanced and appropriate diet. You should ask the former owner or breeder about the nutrition of your Korat cat. He will be happy to provide you with expert information.
There are several criteria to be considered at this point. In order to ensure a balanced and appropriate diet, you should adapt it to the age, weight and need for exercise of your Korat cat. You should also try to always schedule feeding at the same time.
The rule of thumb of 70 kcal per kg can be used to calculate the amount of feed . When storing, it is of course important to ensure that the storage location is at the correct temperature.
The cost of grooming the Korat cat is rather manageable. The short and silky fur of the Korat is very easy to care for. Since it has no undercoat, it hardly sheds any hair. The daily reach for the vacuum cleaner is no longer necessary. However, loose hair should be removed with a fine comb twice a week .
The Korat cat’s fur does not require any special care, but it does enjoy being brushed with a soft brush and is happy about the attentiveness of its human friend that goes along with it.
Health and Typical Diseases
Since the Korat as a breed was largely spared from breeding influences and it has a large, natural gene pool, it is considered to be extremely robust and immune. However, all cats have the potential to develop genetic health problems.
Korat cats are known to suffer from gangliosidosis, an inherited enzyme deficiency that affects the nervous system and can lead to paralysis.
Affected cats show progressive disorders of the nerve functions as early as 3 – 6 months of age. This becomes clear through trembling of the head, coordination problems of the hind legs or growth inhibitions. Because this disease progresses rapidly, sick cats rarely reach their first year of life.
Life expectancy of the Korat
The Korat cat is quite long-lived and it is not uncommon for them to reach ages 18-19.
If you are thinking of buying the lovable and beautiful Korat cat, it is recommended, in an animal welfare sense, to first exhaust the adoption resources. Because even pure-bred Korats end up in emergency shelters and animal rescue stations.
The admission of a Korat cat from the animal shelter is preferable to a purchase. But of course there are also reputable breeders who can be recommended, from whom you can buy a Korat cat. When the cat comes to your home from the breeder, it should already be vaccinated, dewormed, chipped, and health checked.
The Korat cat loves peace and quiet. Because of her good-natured nature, the Korat is a good friend to children. She gets along with children and dogs as long as she is not treated roughly.
The Korat adapts happily and surprisingly sensitively to people’s wishes and needs. The Korat fits easily into the daily routine and the habits of your family without forcing any wishes or whims on you.