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The Korat

Posted October 01, 2013 in Cat Breeds

Background:

The Korat was discovered in Thailand and named after the Nakhon Ratchasima province. During the 19th century in England, Korats were often mistaken for solid blue Siamese cats. Up until recently, Korats were never sold and only given as gifts. They were considered good luck in Thailand and traditionally were given as wedding presents.

Korats didn’t live in the United States until 1959.

Cat Facts:

  • The Korat is a shorthaired cat with a slate blue-grey coat and large green eyes.
  • The Korat is one of the oldest stable cat breeds.
  • The Korat weighs in around 6-10 lbs.
  • The Korat is listed among the seventeen “good luck” cats, in The Cat-Book of Poems.

What’s the Korat like?

The Korat is typically the alpha in his home, meaning he likes to keep an eye on you wherever you go. Korats are very gentle and love to snuggle up on the couch. Loud noises are not something they’re okay with. They do love to play and can be very energetic. 

The Korat is prone to a fatal genetic condition called gangliosidosis. It comes in two forms: GM-1 and GM-2.

Takeaway Points:

  • Because of the short shiny coat a simple brushing twice per week should be sufficient grooming. However, in the spring he’ll shed more.
  • The Korat might not be the right fit for you if you work long hours, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.