Korat Cat: appearance, character, care, breeding

A playful and intelligent cat, but with a really strong character

The Korat cat is undoubtedly one of the most demanding and independent cat breeds around. Not suitable for everyone, this requires a very rigorous education as its nature is really difficult to tame. Let’s find out in this guide full of information and useful tips.

The Korat cat is a feline with a capital ‘F’, proud, independent, of considerable size and difficult to tame . Su is a breed originating in Thailand that has a reputation as a ‘little domestic tyrant’. This medium-sized cat with such a strong character must have the final say on everything.

Playful, affectionate and intelligent like few others, he does not like abuses or small ‘territorial’ invasions even if he can get to be led on a leash.

Despite some docile concessions, more than a cat, the Korat tends to behave like a miniature feline and as such must be approached with due caution. So, before taking one, let’s think about it as breeding it will not be easy at all.

Korat Cat : its history

The history of this breed begins in the 14th century in Thailand, in the region of Cao Nguyen Khorat where the Korat has been bred since the dawn of time. Not surprisingly, this cat appears in the famous Smud Khoi, the  Book of Cat Poems,  dating back to 1350.

Here it is indicated as a symbol of prosperity and luck, so much so that its name is Si-Sawat (brings good luck). It also often appears in Thai rites and ceremonies to propitiate rains and happy events.

The journey that led him to the West began in 1959 when he arrived in the United States, to the amazement and admiration of the first admirers. After a few years, it arrives in Great Britain and enters Europe where all the most prestigious feline associations recognize its breed standard.

Korat Cat : appearance and size

Medium-sized, he owes much of his success to his very special coat and large almond-shaped eyes, generally green in color. Its coat is iridescent, bright and compact, but soft to the touch.

It has no undercoat,  so during the moulting period it does not shed much, which many appreciate. The chromatic effect generated by its shades ( silver blue ) make it unique. Each hair, in fact, is colored with three different shades of gray , from dark to light gray, so transparent at the tip that it is almost brilliant.

Appearance, he shows up with an athletic and well-proportioned physique . The weight fluctuates between 3 and 4.5 kg , but the muscles are powerful and snappy. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones and this peculiarity allows it to take very high jumps without any effort.

The Korat is one of the few breeds to have preserved its purity over the centuries . In this sense, the advantage of being originally from a distant and isolated land has served to avoid crossings and other contaminations and to reach today in all its unchanged beauty.

The  unmistakable heart-shaped muzzle of the Korat cat , slightly pointed, dominated by large, green almond-shaped eyes and wide ears. The color of the eyes, like that of its coat, tends to change over the years, increasing in intensity as the cat becomes more adult.

Korat Cat : character

Its watchword is  independence . Everything, in his attitude, tends to underline his sovereign and even somewhat overbearing nature. There is nothing it cannot achieve and demand with its stubborn and tyrannical attitude. If necessary, it is able to meow tirelessly until it gets what it wants.

It is an autonomous animal, which does not like conditioning or impositions and pretends to have the last word on everything. Despite this it is a playful who loves children and other animals as long as they respect its rules.

Korat cat tends to develop an almost symbiotic and possessive emotional relationship with the owner. It is not uncommon, in fact, that the cat suffers from jealousy and does not tolerate the proximity of other animals or humans if it feels excluded from the attention of those close to its heart.

Despite his ‘temper’, with the right approach it lets itself be easily tamed, getting to be led on a leash without problems. The female is much more daring and cunning, but also more mischievous. The male Korat, on the other hand, tends to be more affable and meek.

Korat Cat : care, education

To sustain its dynamism it is necessary to ensure a rich and varied diet, with a large calorie and fat intake. But be careful not to overdo it as some Korat, especially in adulthood, tend to suffer from obesity. It is therefore advisable to always stimulate liveliness even if in most of the time this cat will know how to keep busy alone.

To revive the color of the hair, the ideal is to give it an egg yolk every 15 days, especially during the winter. For the rest, apart from dry food, green light for steamed fish to pleasantly vary the daily diet.

The brushing must be frequent (at least once per week) while the cleaning of the mantle of the skin and must be performed with specific neutral products and a chamois cloth for dust. Beware of temperature excursions during the winter months as the Korat cat tends to catch a cold easily.

Korats need company and don’t like being left on their own for long periods. If ignored or neglected they tend to develop a shy and hostile attitude. In general, breeding Korat cats is not an easy task.

Their education involves effort, commitment and a fair running cost . Its master must be able to get the better of his dominant character and establish an equal relationship with it, of mutual respect and trust. In short, if you are not sure of your means, it is better not to improvise …

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