Korats are intelligent, energetic, charming cats that show great loyalty to their humans. In their native Thailand, they're symbols of good fortune. And anyone who shares a home with these affectionate cats is lucky indeed.
The Korat originated in Ampur Pimai, Thailand (formerly Siam). The first known reference to the breed appears in the ancient manuscript The Cat Book of Poems. Written during the Ayudhya Period of Siamese History (1350-1767), the book lists the Korat as one of 17 "good luck" cat breeds. As such, people often gave Korats to brides as wedding gifts.
Records indicate that a Korat—listed as a Siamese—appeared in a cat show in London in 1896. However, judges disqualified this silver-blue cat for having a color outside the Siamese breed standard.
Korats made their entrance in the United States in 1959 when a cattery in Oregon imported a brother and sister pair. Many more Korats followed, and in 1966, the CFA granted the breed Championship status.
But today, Korats are a rare breed, even in Thailand.
Korats are medium-sized cats with compact, muscular bodies and smooth curves. They have shimmering coats, expressive eyes, and an alert appearance.
Coat and Coloring
Silver-tipped blue hairs give the Korat's coat a unique halo effect. Each strand is lighter at the root, transitioning to a deeper blue up the shaft before turning silver at the tip. The coat is short and close-lying, with a fine texture and glossy sheen.
Distinctive Physical Traits
Korats are the only cat breed with a heart-shaped head. Their eyebrows form the heart's top curves, and the sides of their face curve down to complete the shape. The breed's ears are large, with a flare at the base and a rounded tip. Korats' large, luminous eyes come in green or amber.
These cats give their unconditional love and respect to their humans—and expect the same in return. Korats form close bonds with their family and are very expressive and affectionate. Because they thrive on companionship, they don't like to be left alone for long periods and may become withdrawn.
This fun-loving breed enjoys racing around the house, fetching objects, or pouncing on feather toys. Despite being so energetic, they're gentle with kids. Though they do get along with other pets, Korats can be bossy in making sure all other furry friends understand they call the shots.
These intelligent cats are skilled problem solvers. They often open doors or cabinets to get a look at what's on the other side. And they love to climb to high places to get a bird's eye view of what's going on around them.
More than anything, Korats want to be at the side (or on top) of their favorite people. They are champion cuddlers and loyal friends that are generally long-lived, with some living into their 20s.
Korats require a quality diet. Because nutritional needs vary for kittens, adults, and senior cats, opt for a formula that's age-appropriate for your pet.
To keep your cat at a healthy weight, measure out meals and reduce portions if necessary. And don't forget to account for treats. As a guideline, they should make up no more than 10% of a cat's calories.
Lastly, all cats need access to fresh, clean water around the clock.
The short, single coat of the Korat is easy to maintain. Weekly brushing is all that's needed to remove dirt and loose fur.
Most cats' nails require monthly trimming to prevent them from getting too long. Long nails are more likely to snag on something and become torn or damaged. They can even grow into your cat's paw pads, leading to pain or infection. In addition to clipping, providing a scratching post will allow your cat to do some nail maintenance themselves (thanks to their instinct to scratch).
Good dental hygiene is essential to a Korat's overall health. An ideal dental routine includes daily at-home teeth brushing combined with visits to the veterinarian for professional dental cleanings and exams.
Roughly one out of every three cats in the United States is overweight or obese. And those extra pounds can contribute to other health risks—such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems. Your veterinarian is the best resource for tips on managing your cat's weight.
Korat Genetic Health Conditions
GM1 Gangliosidosis causes muscle tremors, uncoordinated movements, and blindness.
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Reviewed February 23, 2021 by Laura Inman, DVM