Breed Introduction: Korat Cat

These cats are associated with prosperity and fertility!

Breed Introduction: Korat Cat

The Korat is a slate blue-grey, short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat. Its body is semi-cobby, and unusually heavy for its size. The smart and opinionated Korat is possessive of his people. It likes to stay close by and won’t desert them for visitors. He gives his heart to one or two people whose company he prefers, or with whom he spends the most time, but he is certainly willing to accept affection from others as well.

If you have multiple cats, be sure you have plenty of toys to go around. The Korat did not learn to share in kitty garden, and it can be stubborn about giving up toys or other objects that he views as his.

You can choose the Korat if you enjoy having a lap cat. He will be pleased to fulfill this desire any time you like.

Breed Origin

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The silver-blue cats with the emerald-green eyes are said to date to the 14th century based on their depiction in ancient literature. They were popular gifts, always presented in pairs, and had special meaning when given to brides because of their association with prosperity and fertility.

The first known Korats imported into the United States arrived in 1959. Appropriately, they had been given as gifts to an American couple who were returning to the U.S. after the husband had retired from the Foreign Service.

The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1967; two years after Korat breeders founded the Korat Cat Fanciers Association to promote the breed.

Breed Characteristics

This is a medium-size cat, weighing from 6 to 10 pounds.

The smart and opinionated Korat is possessive of his people. He likes to stay close by and won’t desert them for visitors.

He gives his heart to one or two people whose company he prefers, or with whom he spends the most time, but he is certainly willing to accept affection from others as well.

This is an energetic cat who enjoys learning tricks, playing fetch and even walking on leash.

The Korat’s short single coat requires little grooming. Comb it weekly to remove any dead hairs. A bath is rarely necessary.

A Korat’s eyes are blue at birth. As he matures, the eyes turn to amber, the pupil surrounded by a fringe of green. By the time the cat is two to four years old, the eyes have become the brilliant green for which the breed is known.

Korats will appreciate the attentions of a child who treats them respectfully, and they enjoy playing and learning tricks. With proper supervision, they can be a good companion for children.

Update: November 3, 2017.

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