Korat Cat health: the common diseases of this breed

Here’s everything you need to know about the Korat cat: the list of common diseases that affect specimens of this feline breed.

Knowing which diseases our four-legged friend is most at risk is essential to take care of his well-being and to intervene promptly in case of health problems: let’s discover together the list of common diseases in the Korat.

Common diseases of the Korat: the complete list

The Korat is a cat with a robust and basically healthy constitution, which enjoys good health.

After all, it is an incredibly long-lived four-legged: the average duration of its life is between 15 and 20 years.

In any case, there are a number of common diseases that can arise in the Korat, including:

  • Respiratory disturbances
  • Gangliosidosis

Of course, these cats are not free from diseases that normally affect all specimens of their own species. These include:

  • For this reason, it is essential to take care of the cat’s hygiene and cleaning regularly. If you want to know everything about Korat care, check out this article
  • Allergies
  • Carcinoma

Respiratory disturbances

Common diseases of the Korat include respiratory ailments.

This cat, in fact, is characterized by the almost total absence of undercoat, which makes it sensitive to low temperatures and humidity.

Therefore, adverse climatic conditions could cause the onset of diseases affecting the respiratory system of the cat, such as pneumonia and feline viral rhinotracheitis. Among the main symptoms of these disorders are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Mucus from the nose
  • Wheezing
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • General malaise
  • Lack of appetite

Given the predisposition of the Korat, it is essential to make sure that the environment in which it lives is comfortable. Furthermore, it is very important to subject the feline to vaccination prophylaxis.

Naturally, if the four-legged has symptoms attributable to a respiratory system disorder, it is necessary to intervene promptly, taking it to the veterinarian.


Gangliosidosis is among the common diseases of the Korat. It is a rare genetic disease that affects puppies.

It is caused by the lack of an enzyme capable of metabolizing lipids. This causes the accumulation of fats within the cat’s body, and especially in the central and peripheral nervous system.

As a result, normal cellular function is impaired. We can distinguish between two different types of the disease:

  • GM1 gangliosidosis, caused by the lack of the beta-galactosidosis enzyme 
  • GM2 gangliosidosis, caused by the absence of beta-hexosaminidase enzymes  (A and B) 

The symptoms of the disease manifest themselves within the first 2-3 months of the cat’s life. These include:

  • Ataxia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Clouded cornea
  • Tremor
  • Enlargement of the liver.

Unfortunately, to date there is no definitive cure for this pathology. The only possible treatments consist in making the last months of the cat’s life peaceful.

For this, prevention is essential: genetic tests are available to identify the felines carrying the disease, in order to prevent them from reproducing.

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