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Korat Cat… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

The Korat cat is one of those “kinds” of cats that you look a them, you sort of get the idea that they “know” something that you don’t!

Or to put it another way…

They’re not really a “silly” type of cat.  These guys are going to have a quiet and serious mood about them, and while they may not like to jump around and “beg” for your attention, they are actually quite sweet once they get to know you.

And if…

You happen to one of his “favorites”, you’re sure to find that these guys can be quite loving.

That said however…

If you do decide to adopt one of these beautiful cats, you’ll need to understand that these guys aren’t the most active cats in the world, and if you’re looking to become the center of your cat’s world, then adopting a Korat kitten probably isn’t going to be the “best” option for you.

This is why…

In this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to own a Korat cat so that if you are ever able to get your hands on one, you won’t be disappointed six months later!

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Korat Cat Fast Facts.

Country of Origin:  Thailand

Size:  Medium

Weight:  8 to 10 pounds

Eyes:  Round

Head:  Round

Origin of the Korat Cat

The Korat cat breed is a breed that has been around in its native land of Thailand for many, many years.  In fact, illustrations and descriptions of this magnificent creature can be dated all the way back to the mid 1300’s where it was first believed to be an animal that would bring good luck to the Thai people.

Now…

Historically, many different cat breeds have been believed to bring good fortune and good luck to their owners, however unlike other cat breeds, these early Korat pets were never actually “sold”.  Instead, a pair of Korats would be given to others as a highly valued gift.  Further cementing their value to the Thai people.

And because…

The Korat, wasn’t just a pet for the noble elite, Thai people of all kinds found their own reason for valuing them.  For example, Thai farmers believed that the Korat cats blue-gray coat resembled rain bearing clouds that would help their crops grow, while Thai merchants believed that the Korats silver blue coat was a good “omen” for prosperity.

Korat in the West

Despite the fact that the Korat Cat Breed dates back to at least the early 1300’s, this beautiful blue cat didn’t “officially” make it to the west until the late 1800’s when it was first exhibited in London as a cat breed belonging to the Siamese class.

Now it’s possible that…

The Korat was entered into this exhibit as a Siamese because it is actually from Siam, this didn’t keep it from being “disqualified” from its first competition because it clearly didn’t look like a Siamese cat!

But needless to say…

All this cat from the Korat province of Thailand really needed was to be properly introduced to the rest of the world, before his luminous green eyes and startling stare would quickly win the heart of any casual observer, which is exactly what happened.

Ultimately…

The Korat cat breed eventually made its way to the US during the late 1950’s when a pair of Korats were given to the US ambassador to Thailand.  From there, breeding programs where quickly started and their popularity began to grow exponentially which is why in 1967, the breed was officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (AFC).

Characteristics of the Korat

As we’ve already mentioned, the Korat cat is medium sized cat.  However, this cat also has a strong compact build which may make you think that he is actually bigger than he really is.

Or to put it another way…

These cats don’t “feel” like skin and bone when you pick them up.

Best known…

For their blue single coat fur, the Korats eyes are also quite spectacular.  At birth, Korat kittens will be born with bright blue eyes which will slowly change colors, first to an amber color, then once fully grown, all adult Korats will have a deep emerald green hue often referred to as peridot green in reference to green emeralds.

Also…

Unlike many other “types” of cats, the Korat cat is only a shorthaired cat.  For this reason, caring for your Korat will be relatively easy with regards to maintaining his or her coat.  Plus, because they have a very sparse undercoat, shedding isn’t a major concern for Korat owners.

Temperament

If you’re looking for a cool and calm cat, that isn’t going to be all that interested in chasing a ball of yarn all around the house, then purchasing a Korat kitten or better yet adopting a Korat rescue cat might be a good fit for you.

This is because…

While these cats do love being around people, they don’t “crave” the attention of people like many other cat breeds will.  So, don’t be surprised if your Korat likes to share the couch with you, provided that you don’t take up too much room!  Because, at the end of the day, in your Korat’s mind, it is his couch not yours and he is sharing it with you, not the other way around.

They also…

Aren’t always the “best” kind of cat for families that have small children because these cats will tend to develop a strong bond with only one or two members of the family, which could create an issue for those he doesn’t necessarily “bond” with.

Korat Cat Breed Health

Anytime you decide to purchase a pedigree animal, you do potentially increase your risk at adopting an animal that may have an increased risk for some type of genetic disorder.

The good news is that…

When it comes to the overall health of the Korat cat breed, there aren’t all that many medical conditions you will need to be on the watch out for.  This is because, comparatively speaking, the Korat cat breed is a relatively health one.

That said however…

The Korat breed does have a higher risk of suffering from a fatal genetic condition known as gangliosidosis.  When present, the affected kitten will display a wide variety of serious symptom which will ultimately cause the kitten to die at a very early age.

Unfortunately…

There is no current treatment for gangliosidosis, however any responsible Korat cat breeder will have any breeding pairs tested prior to producing a litter which should avoid having any kittens born with this disease.

This is why…

If you do decide to purchase Korat kitten, you’ll want to be sure that you only work with a reputable breeder, and one that only specializes with the Korat breed.

Lastly…

Despite the fact that the Korat cat breed is generally a very health cat breed, we here at IndulgeYourPet, know that regardless of how careful you may be when picking out your new furry little family member, illnesses and accidents can occur.

This is why…

We always like to recommend that all of our readers take a moment and see exactly what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy on your new pet.  Because the last thing you want to have happen is for your loved one to develop an illness or suffer from an accident and then have to bear the cost of treatment to care for your animal all on your own.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you know exactly how much one of these types of policies are going to cost, how will you know if one isn’t right for you?

For more information about pet insurance policies, feel free to check out our Top 10 Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

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