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Korat

Other names: Si-Sawat cat, Malet

Korat
Korat

The Korat, still called the "Si-Sawat" (colour of prosperity) in Thailand, is a fascinating cat with bright green eyes and a blue coat with silver tips, supposedly lucky and a symbol of wealth, according to popular Thai beliefs.

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Key facts about the Korat

  • Life expectancy : Between 15 and 20 years
  • Type of coat : Short
  • Price : Around £250

Physical characteristics of the Korat

Adult size

Female cat Between 10 and 12 in
Male cat Between 10 and 12 in

They reach full maturity at around 3 years of age.

Weight

Female cat Between 4 and 9 lb
Male cat Between 7 and 11 lb

Coat colour

Blue
Only blue with silvery tips is accepted.

Coat patterns

Solid / plain

Type of coat

Short

Eye colour

Green
Their eyes, which are a bright green, reach their final colour quite late. As such, amber eyes are accepted until the cat is two years old.

Description

The Korat is a small to medium sized cat with a very muscular, semi-cobby compact body with a broad chest and round hips. The legs are moderately long and well proportioned to the rest of the body. The tail, of medium length, is broad at the base and tapers towards a rounded tip. The heart-shaped head has powerful jaws and a strong chin. Their round eyes are oversized and well spaced and their rounded ears are large and wide.

Temperament

Affectionate

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Gentle, affectionate, they like to cuddle their owners.

Playful

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Korats appreciate games when they feel like playing.

Calm

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The Si-Sawat cat needs peace and quiet to be happy and does not appreciate noise.

Intelligent

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Capable of learning when they feel like it.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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They are naturally quite shy around strangers. They need time to adapt to and accept newcomers.

Independent

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The Si-Sawat handles being alone well and appreciates moments of solitude.

Behaviour of the Korat

Chatty

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They’re not particularly chatty, but their melodious meow will charm you.

Need for exercise / Sporty

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Curious and lively they appreciate being stimulated with games.

Tendency to run away

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They prefer to be indoors but being quite curious they can sometimes be led astray.

Greedy / Gluttony

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Not known for their great appetites, but they can eat a lot to make up for a lack of activity.

Compatibility

Korat and cats

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With a well managed introduction, this breed can happily live with another cat around.

Korat and dogs

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The Korat is sensitive to noise and therefore to barking. If you want your cat to cohabitate with a dog, it will be necessary to choose a kitten that has been well socialized with dogs or alternatively desensitize the kitten to barking. Always provide high points and hiding places where the Korat can isolate himself when needed.

Korat and children

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Sudden movements could cause this cat to flea. It is vital to teach children to treat Korats with respect and to be gentle with them.

Korat and the elderly

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Just as long as they get enough attention, this is a great cat for elderly people with established routines.

Price

On average, the price of a Korat kitten is approximately £250, the price often varies according to the lineage, the breeder, the age or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will cost on average £25 / month to provide for their needs, in terms of a quality diet and ensuring their health.

Grooming

Once a week, polish the fur with a grooming glove.

Hair loss

With no undercoat, shedding is minimal.

Nutrition of the Korat

A high quality food which is adapted to the cat’s age, metabolism and levels of physical activity.

Health of the Korat

Life expectancy

They typically live for longer than most breeds, for between 15 and 20 years. It is not uncommon for them to reach 25 years.

Strong / robust

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The absence of an undercoat makes them sensitive to cold and humid weather.

Tendency to put on weight

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They can gain weight if they don’t get enough daily exercise. Using an interactive bowl is highly recommended.

Common illnesses

Some individuals may suffer from the same diseases as other domestic cats, such as oral diseases. Sensitive to cold temperatures and humidity, it is advisable to have your cat vaccinated against respiratory diseases, according to your vet’s opinion
They are predisposed to a single inherited disease that can be detected by a genetic test:

  • Gangliosidosis (2 forms: GM1 and GM2): a serious disease caused by the deficiency of the enzyme ß-galactosidase which leads to an accumulation of pathogenic substances in the brain of an affected cat. The first symptoms appear around the age of 2 to 4 months and are characterized by tremors, ataxia and loss of mobility.

Reproduction

Only to be bred with other Korats.

Good to know

The unique silver shimmer of their coat is thanks to an absence of melanin at the tip of each hair.

Origins and history

The Korat is a very ancient natural breed, originating from an eponymous province in the north-east of Thailand, where they were confined (Khorat plateau). This cat is mentioned for the first time in a collection of cat poems entitled "Tamra Meow" written between 1350 and 1767. Described as a cat with soft hair with cloud-like roots and silver tips and bright eyes like dew on a lotus leaf. It was not until 1959 that the Korat was imported to the United States thanks to the initiative of Jean Johnson, who began breeding this breed on his return from Bangkok. The breed was recognized in the United States in 1965 and allowed in competitions in 1966.

Names

Good names for a Korat cat: Charles, Hidi, Midnight, Porsche

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