A cat with raincloud-colored fur that gives you a paw when you want it, only to curl up on your lap with abandon: the Korat is an affable, playful and affectionate roommate that is also suitable for people with a cat hair allergy. If you are looking for a cat that will actively participate in your life, take a closer look at the Korat and its exciting character.
The Korat cat appreciates being the center of attention. When she wants something, she makes it very clear through her body language and demeanor. She also quickly figured out what tactics she had to use to get treats or cuddles. At the same time, the Korat is a cuddly companion who seeks close physical contact and, if permitted, likes to spend the nights in her humans’ beds. Due to her sensitivity and her fine sensory perception, she often reacts with fright. If she is dissatisfied, she makes herself known loudly. The Korat is sociable, but can also be prone to jealousy if they feel other animals are preferred or given more attention. She also likes to be dominant towards other cats. However, as long as all their needs are met, a Korat cat will cause you little trouble.
Keeping and caring for the Korat cat
Although Korats are skittish, they enjoy living with their humans in family groups. However, they prefer a quieter environment without unexpected movements or loud noises. The Korat is fond of children and gentle with them, but dislikes rough treatment and will certainly defend itself in such a case. Since she is very sociable, she should not be kept as a single cat. She gets along with both other cats and dogs.
If it is kept indoors, the Korat cat needs enough toys and lots of playtimes. It can also go wild. Because of their high level of intelligence and ability to learn, you can even teach your Korat cat little tricks to keep them busy and challenged.
The Korat cat looks very elegant with its silver-grey fur and the silver tips of its hair, which provide a special silver glow. Their body is muscular but supple, the tail is medium in length and tapered and rounded towards the end. Their hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones and their oval paws also have a special feature: they have five toes in front and four in back.
The fur of the Korat cat is exclusively dark silver-grey, there are no color deviations. Growing short and lying close to the body, the Korat hardly sheds any hair, making this breed suitable for people with a cat dander allergy. The maintenance effort is thus also found below. When changing fur, however, it’s worth brushing up more often – an affection that your Korat also enjoys independently.
The Korat’s head is heart-shaped, although this, like the color of the eyes, is not fully developed until adulthood. She has large ears that sit high on her head. Their eyes are set wide apart and very large. During their first years of life, they change color from blue to bright green, sometimes amber. This process is completed after about four years.
The Korat cat owes its name to the region where it was discovered: the province of Korat in north-eastern Thailand. According to tradition, it has been considered a lucky cat in its homeland for many centuries. There she also bears the sonorous name “Maeo Dok-Lao”, which stands for “cat the color of the clouds before a rain shower”. In 1896, the Korat cat was first exhibited in the West, in Great Britain, and was recognized there as a separate breed in 1975. In 1959 the first breeding pair was imported into the USA. The US Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) has approved the Korat for competitions since 1966.
Peculiarities of the Koratkatze
In her native Thailand, the Korat is still given as a good luck charm to bring health, wealth, and happiness to the new owner, as well as abundance and fertility to newlywed couples. It is not common to buy a Korat cat for yourself.
The Korat is a breed that is certified as having good basic health. It is important, however, if you take a Korat to make sure that it has tested negative for aganglionosis. Korat, Siamese, and Burmese cats can be affected by this neurological disease, which can be fatal. Reputable breeders are aware of this disease and only sell their animals with test documents proving that no such disease is present.