Last Updated on August 4, 2023 by Pets Feed
The Korat cat is a mysterious animal that appeared in Thailand. Many legends are associated with him. Residents of the area where the Korat cat traditionally lives, believe that it can bring happiness.
For Thais, the Korat cat breed is a symbol of money and family happiness. A couple of kittens are traditionally given to the bride at a wedding. Residents of Thailand are confident that this cat is able to bring a rich harvest to its owner. According to the Thais, even outwardly, the Korat resembles a rain cloud, and the eyes of the animal are the shoots of young plants.
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Korat cats are small to average and weigh 3 to 4 kg. Males can weigh 4 to 5 kg. These are compact and strong cats. Their main distinctive characteristics are the heart -shaped muzzle, silver blue coat and green eyes.
- Large head of unusual shape. The eyebrow line looks like a heart -shaped pattern (upper part). Cats have a strong and straight forehead, a well -defined jaw with a chin.
- The ears are rather large, well apart, rounded at the ends. There is very little wool on it.
- Compared to other cats, korates have much larger eyes. They are round, sometimes they can be amber, but most of the time the color of the eyes is green. The final color is formed by 3-4 years of the animal’s life.
- The length of the nose is proportional to the head.
- The body is medium, muscular. Large chest.
- The ends of the legs are oval, the posterior limbs are slightly longer than the anterior.
- The tail is wide at the base and shrinks towards the tip. Slightly rounded.
- The coat of a cat is average or short, without underpoil. It is pleasant to the touch, shiny appearance, adapts perfectly to the body.
Character and behavior
These cats may not realize how old their story is, but they certainly have an inner dignity. This is noticed in each movement, in behavior and attitude towards other animals.
In the circle of his family, the Korat cat is very affectionate and kind, he will meet you work and spend time with you with pleasure, both in the games and on your knees, cradling with his purring. These cats are very intelligent, show attention and demand it, but without excessive painful obsession. Do not be surprised if, with the arrival of the guests, your pet goes up in the closet and looks – he sometimes needs time to assess the situation, draw conclusions and then only get to know each other.
They get along well with other pets and cats, but prefer to occupy first place in the hierarchy of households. These cats are good climbers and hunters and love to track down their prey. Despite their nobility and their gentle nature, Korat cats clearly express what they want, using various voice intonations. By the way, it is the sweetness of character and the kindness that allows them to normally perceive the attention of children.
Korat cat has excellent health, but sometimes breed has genetic diseases. These included:
- Gangliosidosis (a neurological disease characterized by a delay in development);
- Atelosteogeness (alteration of bone formation).
As for taking care of a korat cat, everything is simple, the short hairs of the korat do not require special grooming. As we have already mentioned, there is no undercoat, which means that a frequent comb is not necessary. Just eliminate dead hairs with a brush several times a month.
Otherwise, everything is like the rest of the cat breeds – you need to cut your cat’s nails at least 2 times a month, bathe periodically, no more than once a month, remove dirt from the ear earrings. Do not forget quality nutrition.
As with all cats, periodic vaccinations and antiparasitic controls are recommended.
If the manipulations are carried out at a defined frequency, the Korat will delight the owner with beauty for many years.
Differences between the Korat cat and the Russian blue cat
Many people, having bought a blue kitten, ask themselves the question – how will he become: a graceful Korat, or perhaps a graceful Russian blue, or maybe an ordinary mixed cat?
And all these questions arise because of the external similarity of these races.
Let’s see together, what is the fundamental difference?
- Body: Korat cats, unlike Russian blue cats, have a stockier and stronger rounded body.
- Representatives of the Russian blue cat breed are more graceful and have a straight, elongated body. The Russian blue breed also has a longer tail.
- Head and ears: As for the shape of the head, representatives of these two breeds have completely different shapes, by which they can be easily distinguished in the future. Korat cats have a heart-shaped head with rounded ears at the ends. The Russian blue cat has a modified wedge-like head shape with pointy ears at the ends.
- Eyes: The eye color of the Russian blue cat is always bright green, even emerald. The shape of the eyes is almond.The eye color of korat cats is usually also green, in very rare cases the amber color of the eyes of these cats is possible. In addition, the eyes have an expressive rounded or almond shape.
- Coat: On the other hand, the Korat’s coat is smooth and unique and adheres tightly to the stocky body. The Russian blue cat has a thick coat consisting of a main topcoat and a fluffy undercoat.
How to distinguish Korat kittens and Russian blue kittens?
As for kittens, then you can only trust breeders from whom you acquire the animal. At first glance, it is quite problematic for a non-professional to distinguish kittens of one breed from another. Because the differences in coat and eye color are not visible until the age of six months.
Therefore, we recommend that you buy a kitten only from trusted breeders with good reviews.
History of the breed
Certain breeds occupy a special place in the world of cats, due to their centuries-old pedigree and the legends associated with them. These, of course, include the Korat race. These cats come from Thailand, known to people since ancient times, many centuries ago, and now are considered cats of happiness and good luck. Also, in Thailand, it has long been believed that Korat cats cannot be sold or bought, but only given as gifts.
However, that doesn’t stop modern Thais from selling pets to tourists without a twinge of conscience. But they present it as that very gift, and you just seem to be giving an unspecified amount of money in return. Of my own free will. Although the minimum amount is indicated immediately. On the contrary, Thai people give each other these cats as a sign of attention. So, if you plan to come to Thailand and, by the way, get a kitten for free, which in Europe costs an average of 400-500 euros and more, forget it.
These cats are mentioned several times in the old Cat Book of Poems, the first texts date back to the 14th century. In the cat’s native tongue, these cats are called si-sawat, or “happy blue.” Their smooth, graceful contours, stunning colors, and pensive, mystical appearance truly suggest thoughts of something otherworldly and elevated.
For the first time in the Western world, the Korat cat was introduced in 1959, thanks to the breeder Gina Johnson, or rather her husband, who brought back several kittens from Thailand. In Europe, the breed appeared in 1972. To date, Korat cats are officially recognized by all world associations of cat lovers.