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Korat: The Spoiled yet Surprisingly Pleasant Prince

Close-up image of a Korat cat lying down
Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

Getting a new cat that will fit into the kind of lifestyle you are leading can sometimes be a herculean task. Especially if it is your first time getting a cat, you will have to take into consideration a lot of factors, points, and reasons why the cat you might have in mind is the best bet for you. If you lead a quiet, stable lifestyle and you’re ready to give all your love to a cat that will return your attention tenfold, you’re in the right place. The Korat cat is one breed you should take into consideration.

The Korat cats act the way you’d expect a cat to—namely, graceful, elegant, and all-around princely. The difference is, they are not too shy or haughty to tell you how much they love you. Korat cats demand both your affection and your respect, and if you could give it to them just right, they will be positively pleasant to live with.

Korat cat lying down in the grass

There is usually a lot of information to consider, pros and cons to weigh, and a final decision to be made. However, a bit of information here and there will not help you make the best choice. That is why we have taken the time to come up with this in-depth post that promises to let you in on all relevant information with regards to the Korat cat—namely their personality, temperament, feeding schedule, grooming plans, and many more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: Above Average

  • Grooming: Average

  • Health: Good

  • All Around Friendliness: Good

  • Exercise Needs: Average

Cat Breed GroupShort-Haired, Natural
SizeSmall to Medium, very slender
WeightMales: 8 – 10 pounds

Females: 6 – 8 pounds
Lifespan12 – 15 years

One thing you should know before you go for a Korat cat is that they are one of the most special cat breeds out there. They hold a very high cultural significance among the people of the country they originate from.

Speaking of their place of origin, Korat cats are native to Thailand, and they have been named so after a province in the Phimai area. These cats are a naturally-occurring breed, and they have been around since the ancient times. In line with that, they are also a very stable breed—in the sense of them being very robust thanks to their wildcat genes.

Traditionally, most of these cats are born with a pronounced hue of silver on them, but it is not uncommon to see blue tones in the coat too. Their blue and silver coats are not the only things that make them a beauty to look at.

korat-cat lying on the floor looking up

The eyes of the Korat cat are blue at birth. As they grow older, the color of their eyes starts to change till they become a permanent green at around 4 to 5 years of age. Around this time, the cat would have fully matured and assumed the final build of their body.

In their homeland, the Korat cat is also dubbed the Good Luck cat. They are believed to bring good luck to anyone that keeps them. So strong is the belief of the people in the ability of the Korat to bring good luck that they would often gift them to newly-wedded couples, or people of influence in the society.

If you are an owner who would like to spend quality time with a cat, note that this breed will give you the kind of experience you’d like. The saying “curiosity killed the cat, but the satisfaction brought it back” is not lost on the Korat, making them a naturally inquisitive breed.

Korat cat lying on the couch looking at the camera

Their kittens can be a handful and full of mischief, but to compensate for their mischievousness, Korat cats will form close bonds with their owners and family members. They won’t hesitate to show their affection.

The Korat cat takes their bonding and affections to another level—creating the same level of relationship with other pets around the house. In fact, pet owners that have added a Korat to their collection have been known to record a higher level of happiness in their other pets.

On the other hand, you should know that the makeup of the Korat cat temperament and personality makes them averse to noises and sudden changes in sound levels. That is why they may jump when a television is turned on or off or when a radio is suddenly switched on. Leaving such gadgets on for long periods of time can help the cat get used to the sound though.

Korat cat with a colar lying down

Buttressing on the last point, you might not be able to get the best out of a Korat cat in a busy household. While they love to mingle and socialize, they don’t appreciate noisy and busy environments. They prefer to bond with a select few people in a controlled/regular environment.

From all that has been listed, it cannot be missed that this is one friendly breed, but they expect to have their own space too. While they will play with adults, children (with proper supervision to ensure the child doesn’t disrespect the cat), and other pets, they also cherish their alone time.

Finally, Korats prefer their own. They will make very fast friends with other Korats, but they might need time to adjust to the presence of non-Korats. Should you have a Korat and want to get them a companion, this is the kind of information that will come in handy.

Main Highlights

  • The Korat is an ancient, original cat breed that originated from Siam (which is now known as Thailand). The people believe that the cat is a harbinger of good luck, and they would rather gift them to someone than put them up for sale.

  • Earliest records of the Korat cat date back to the 14th century, but they did not get formally recognized until the 20th century

  • The Korat is strongly associated with their beautiful silver-blue color combination. So strong is the adherence to this classification that should a cat cease to exist in this color range, they would also cease to be classified as a Korat in that same instant.

  • The Korat is a very affectionate and highly sensitive animal. They will form close bonds with family members and other pets in the family. As a result, it is not advised that you leave them on their own for long periods of time, lest they become depressed. Although, they sometimes crave some alone time as well, and we suggest that you give it to them whenever they are in one of these moods.

  • The breed is very sensitive to sounds and loud noises. They will therefore not do well in a busy household or unorganized setting.

  • Korats can be rather possessive of their owners. They require a great deal of affection, and they are usually not afraid to voice their needs by way of meowing. Although, when it comes to vocalization, there is no hard and fast rule with Korats. Some of them are exceptionally quiet, while others can be very vocal and demanding in expressing their feelings.

  • Korat cats live long. On the average, they are known to be able to celebrate their 15th birthday. In that time, they are not known to develop serious health issues.

  • Korats are famous for having a very low fat percentage in their body. They are naturally sleek and slender.

  • The breed is a slowly-developing one. While they live long, it may take up to 5 years before they reach full maturity. At this stage too, the color of their eyes would have undergone a transition from blue to amber and finally green.

Breed History

What appears to be the first portrayal of this cat was in The Cat-Book Poems—appearing in Thailand sometime between the 14th and 18th century. That’s the reason why Thailand is believed to be the birthplace of these amazing cats, although some have argued that the drawings in that book are not definitive enough to classify the cats as Korats.

In the mid to the late 19th century, the same cat started to show up in the British media, but under the name Blue Siamese instead. Given that Siam is the old name of the Thai people, this naming system also gives credit to the Asian country as their place of origin.

Korat Kitten on a table near a flower

They would then appear in the US in the 20th century, going on to be accepted into championship events (and even attaining the championship status) later in the same century.  Ever since the first spotting of these cats, they have been deemed to be a pure breed. No ties to other cat breeds have been detected.

Size

The Korat cat assumes a medium build by the time they get to full maturity—a period of time which can last for as long as 5 years. The males in the breed are usually heavier than the females.

Korat cat lying on a bed

On the average, the male can weigh anywhere between 8 and 10 pounds, while the females tip the scales lower at 6 to 8 pounds. Korats don’t tend to get obese. Rather, some owners might worry that they are underweight due to how slender they are—although that’s just the way they are meant to look.

Personality and Character

Korats prefer others of their kind. They will generally befriend other Korats faster than other types of pets. Korats are very intelligent cats, and they have a good memory to go with that. The Korat cat’s memory is such that if they are taken to a new area, they can trace their way back home on their own.

The cat is highly possessive of their caregivers, toys, and other pets in the house. In short, anything that belongs to the cat should be owned exclusively by them. They show this affection and love for their people by snuggling up to their owners every chance they get. They like to be stroked and touched too, so if you are one to tickle animals, this could be the right breed for you.

Close-up of a Korat cat sitting

The Korat is not a cat that does well on their own. If you are not in for a pet that follows you around pretty much all the time, you might have to rethink your decision. We find such behaviors cute though, and we believe that you would too over time.

In a multiple pet household, the Korat won’t have a hard time bonding with the rest of the pet family. Make sure you have plenty of toys to go around, though. Korat cat personality dictates that they will not share. Also, due to their love of being the center of attention, the Korat is one of the best options for those that would like to have a lap cat.

Health and Potential Problems

The good news with the Korat is that they are great for owners who don’t want to worry about long-term medical costs and a lot of potential problems. This natural cat breed is one that does not have any breed-specific problems.

Korat cat lying in bed on the side

However, they should be vaccinated against general cat health problems such as enteritis, rabies, and other such problems. You should also speak to the vet to get the cat vaccinated against infections/diseases that are common to the area you want to raise them in.

Care Features

You won’t need to bathe the Korat cat often—once or two times a month should be enough. You should consult the vet or a professional groomer first if you will be running the cat under the shower at all since these cats are afraid of loud sounds.

Since their coat is not a long one, combing once a week is enough to get out the dead hairs. There is no schedule for eye discharges, but you should wipe the edges of the eyes with a damp cloth every two weeks, and ever so gently.

Korat cat lying on side in bed

Korats should be kept indoors for most of the time. Being playful and highly inquisitive, they can easily get lost while trying to inspect the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood—although they are usually smart enough to find their way home. They are also prone to diseases and infections if they are allowed to go outdoors; they will live a lot longer as indoor cats.

Feeding Schedule

Korat cats will not need a specialized feeding schedule. You can adopt a regular feeding pattern generic to cats for the Korat and not have a problem with it. For special dietary needs, see your vet or pet nutritionist to make an informed plan.

Coat, Color, and Grooming

Any cat that does not have a silver-blue coat cannot be considered to be a Korat cat. The cat has a short to medium-length coat, making them easy to groom.

Korat cat lying down wants to play

Combing the coat once a week is enough to get out the dead hairs and keep the coat in generally great condition.

Children and Other Pets Compatibility

Getting along with other pets is not a problem for the Korat cat, but they might have issues getting along with kids. Korats will do well with cats that treat them well and with respect, but might not have the same kind of good regard for a child that doesn’t know how to handle them. Advisably, never leave a kid with the Korat cat without supervision.

Wrap Up

Undoubtedly, the Korat cat is one of the most beautiful exports to leave the soil of Thailand. They are a very compassionate, original, affectionate, and loving breed. If you don’t mind a cat that will not hesitate to show you all the love and attention in the world, and a lap cat doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, you will find the Korat to be right up your alley.

Close-up of a beautiful korat cat

Do you find the Korat cat’s possessiveness cute? Or are you looking for another exotic breed that’s less clingy and will show their affection for you through different ways, such as by bringing you remnants of their hunt? Please share any opinions and suggestions in the comments section below!

About the author
Stella Noble
Stella Noble

Stella Noble lives in Warren, Michigan with her family and three cats. She is a Certified Cat Trainer and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

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