The Korat is a living charm of happiness in its native Thailand, where it is also known as the Si Sawat cat. The silver-blue cats with the emerald green eyes are said to be dated to the 14th century due to their representation in ancient literature. They were popular gifts that were always presented in pairs and because of their connection with wealth and fertility, had a special meaning when given to brides. The name Korat comes from the region in northeastern Thailand where the cats are said to come from.
It is unclear when the Koreans first came west. A cat resembling a Korat was shown at an exhibition in England in 1896, but whether it was really a Korat (pronounced ko -raht) or just a self-blue Siamese cat - meaning monochromatic - is not known.
The first known Koreans imported to the United States arrived in 1959. Fittingly, they had an American couple who returned to the United States after the man left the foreign service. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1967, two years after the Korat breeder formed the Korat Cat Fanciers Association to promote the breed.
Wherever they are found, all Koreans can climb their pedigree all the way back to Thailand. They are a natural race and have never crossed with any other race as part of their development or creation of another race. They are recognized by all major cat associations.
This is a medium sized cat weighing 6 to 10 pounds.
The wise and self-willed Korat is in possession of his people. He likes to stay close and does not leave it to visitors. He gives his heart to one or two people whose company he prefers or with whom he spends most of his time, but he is certainly also willing to accept love from others.
Be aware of this tendency before you get a curate, just in case a cat that is constantly following you would drive you crazy. A Korat is not alone. He does best with company, whether it is someone who works at home or another animal. There seems to be a reason why they have traditionally always been given in pairs. A chorus that is often left alone or ignored can develop behavioral problems such as aggression or separation anxiety.
This is not to say that adult Korats cannot change their love. Cats that have been brought into a new home adapt quickly and attach closely to their new family.
This is an energetic cat who enjoys learning tricks, playing fetch and even walking on a leash. It's easy to learn Korat's house rules if you reward him with pats, a happy "hangover" or a treat. Limit the corrections to a loud "No!" Or clapping.
If you have several cats, make sure you have enough toys. The Korat did not learn to take part in the kitten and he can be persistent in giving up toys or other objects that he considers to be his.
Although he may be brave with some likes and dislikes, the Korat is generally a calm cat who likes calm surroundings. Although he is not known for being talkative, he can make a variety of sounds, from chirping to screaming, as he tries to score.
Choose Korat if you love having a lap cat. He will fulfill this wish for you at any time.
Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. Korats are generally healthy, but they have some issues that buyers should be aware of: a genetic neuromuscular degenerative disease, as well as low body fat levels that can make them susceptible to anesthesia.
GM1 and GM2 gangliosidosis occur when cats lack certain enzymes that are necessary for the nervous system to function properly. Fortunately, tests are available to identify cats that have the disease, so the condition is rare.
Korats are usually low in body fat, so veterinarians should keep this in mind when deciding how much and what type of anesthesia to give when a Korat undergoes some type of surgery.
Be sure to ask a breeder about the presence of health problems in their ranks and what tests have been done for genetic lineages. In the case of GM1 or GM2, both parents should have been tested, and if either positive or carrier, the kittens should also be tested.
Korat's short, simple coat requires a little maintenance. Comb it every week to remove dead hair. A bath is rarely necessary.
Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Cut the nails every two weeks. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection.
Check your ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.
Keep the litter box completely clean. Cats attach great importance to hygiene in the bathroom.
It is a good idea to keep a Korat as an indoor cat just to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks from dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats face when walking outdoors, for example. B. to be hit by a car. Korats who go outside also risk being stolen by someone who wants such a beautiful cat without paying for it.
Fur color and grooming
With its blue coat with silver lace and large green eyes - "as sparkling as dewdrops on a lotus leaf" - the Korat is one of Thailand's most beautiful export items. He is also known for his heart-shaped head, large ears and attentive expression.
A Korat's eyes are blue at birth. As it matures, the eyes turn yellow and the pupil is surrounded by a green border. When the cat is two to four years old, the eyes are the light green breed is known for.
The short single hair has hair that is light blue at the roots, then deepens and ends in a silver tip, which creates a halo effect. Unlike some breeds, the coat is silver blue in color from the kitten's birth, although kittens may have so-called "ghost-tabby" marks. These should disappear with maturity. Korat's nose skin, lips and paw pads range from dark blue to lavender.
Children and other pets
Korats will appreciate the attention of a child who treats them with respect, and they enjoy playing and learning tricks. With proper supervision, they can be a good companion for children.
Like many cats native to Southeast Asia, Korats prefer other Korats. They can get along with other cats and dogs, but they expect to be proud of their place. This may work well with other animals. However, the Korate likes to be around, and if he spends a lot of time with another cat or dog, they are likely to become close friends.
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