Korat

Origin: ThailandKorat Breed

Type: Natural

Size: Medium

Coat Length: Short hair

Body Type: Semi­-cobby

Appearance: Korats are medium­-sized cats with muscular bodies. Males weigh between 3.5 to 4.5kg and females from 2.5 to 3.5kg. They have a dense and short single coat. Only one colour is acceptable – solid blue with silver tips. Korats have large ears. Like many cats they are born with blue eyes but as the cat matures, they turn to peridot green.

Grooming Requirement: Not a lot grooming needed

Activity Level: High

Affection: Very affectionate

Time Alone: Up to 4 hours a day

Attention: Needs a lot of attention

Talkativeness: Average

Temperament: Korats are intelligent and playful cats. They don’t like to be left alone for too long or even at all, so don’t take a kitten of this breed if your home is unoccupied for a large part of the day. If you do leave Korats alone too often, they can become aggressive or develop separation anxiety. On the positive side, Korats are energetic and love to learn new tricks, the kittens will enjoy playing with any toys you care to provide them with.

Interesting Facts: The breed is named after a province in Thailand. There these cats are known as Si­-Siwat which means ”colour of the sawat seed”. The Korat is considered to be a good luck cat and they are traditionally given to newly­-weds.

Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: You’ll have very few problems with your Korat, but socialisation is always needed with animals. This is a great family cat even if you have small children, providing the children are able to interact with your pet properly. If you have other pets in home, the Korat will most probably become great friends with them, just so long as your other pets are cat­-friendly.

Common Health Problems: The Korat is generally a healthy breed but there are a few hereditary problems to look out for. GM1 and GM2 gangliosidosis is a rare condition but still may appear in some cases. Typically the breed has low percentage of body fat and this may lead to high anaesthesia sensitivity.

Lifespan: Average 10 to 15 years.

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