Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
The Korat (ko-raht) is known as the symbol of lucky and good fortune in his native home of Thailand. They originated from the Ampur Pimai region of Korat. Ironically, cats of this dark color are typically considered bad luck in Western Cultures. With their emerald-green eyes and rich color, the Korat is a very distinguished breed. They were popular gifts, usually given in pairs, to brides because of their association with good health and fertility.
This breed arrived in the US around the 60’s, likely given to American soldiers overseas as pets. No matter what Korat that exists, they can always be traced back to their heritage in Thailand as the Korat has never been crossbred or mixed with any other breed. They are recognized by all major cat associations today.
The Korat is a loyal breed that won’t leave his owner for the curiosity of strangers and guests. She likes to stay close afoot and is very possessive of the one or two people she attaches herself to. This isn’t to say that the Korat will misbehave around visitors, they are open to attentions from your guests.
If having a cat that follows you around all the time drives you crazy, then a Korat probably isn’t a breed you should consider. The Korat is not a solitary cat. They enjoy companionship from their human owners or other cats. This is probably why they were always given in pairs as gifts. It seems that Korats who are alone can suffer from anxiety related ailments and can develop aggressive behaviors.
The Korat has a medium level of energy and enjoys playing with toys and occasionally doing tricks. The Korat is generally quite and enjoys a more quiet environment. They aren’t know for speaking much, but they have no problem speaking when it’s necessary to get your attention.
A true lap cat at heart, the Korat breed is a great fit for working professionals that don’t mind owning two cats and like the idea of a devoted cat.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Korat is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
Be sure to ask a breeder about the incidence of health problems in her lines and what testing has been done for any that are genetic in nature. In the case of GM1 or GM2, both parents should have been tested, and if one is positive or a carrier, the kittens should be tested as well.
The Korat’s short single coat requires little grooming. Comb it weekly to remove any dead hairs. A bath is rarely necessary.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
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.Like many cats that originated in Southeast Asia, Korats tend to prefer other Korats.
They can get along with other cats, and with dogs, but they expect to have pride of place. This may or may not go over well with other animals. The Korat likes to have company, however, and if he spends a lot of time with another cat or dog, they will likely become close friends.