The Korat is a Thai breed of cats, which is surrounded by many traditions. In general, they are considered as a symbol of luck. Also, they symbolize wealth – because of the silver color; And bring their master a good harvest (color is similar to rain clouds, and eyes – to young green plants).
In addition, in Thailand Korats have been given to a bride, since long time . It is believed that these cats with a heart-shaped muzzle are the key to a happy marriage.
History of the origin of the breed
So, the birthplace of the cortex is Thailand, where this cat is also known as Sea-Savat. There the image of the cortex is found in the manuscript dated to the 14th century. There is information that in the 19th century they were already presented in England. Then they were called “blue Siamese” cats, because the ancient name of Thailand is Siam. But they absolutely did not fit the standards of traditional Siamese.
People even tried to ascribe to the breed of the Russian blue cat, but it did not work either. Therefore, by the beginning of the 20th century, the cortex had completely disappeared from sight.
The pedigree of today’s known cortex begins with a pair of cats – Nana and Dara, which were brought to the US in 1959. According to old Thai traditions, they were presented to an American Mrs. Jean Johnson, whose husband worked in this country. Since then, more and more cortex has been exported from Thailand. This breed is very similar to the British cat.
Description of cat breed Korat
Cats of this breed have small or average sizes and weight of 3-4 kg. Adult cats can weigh 4-5 kg. They are compact and strong cats. Their main signs of difference are the heart-shaped face of the head, silver-blue hair and green eyes.
Standard of breed and detailed description according to TICA organization:
Head – heart-shaped, smooth with curved bends, wide. The eyebrow line forms the upper part of the heart pattern. The forehead is large and flat. Strong, well-developed lower jaw and chin;
Ears – highly planted, alert, large with rounded tips, broad at the base, with a small amount of hair;
Eyes – disproportionately large for the face, round. Color: green, in extreme cases amber. Kittens are born with blue eyes, which then turn yellow and amber-green. The final color is formed as the cat ripens to 2-4 years;
The nose – the length is proportional to the head, the descending curve is the line of the nose like that of the lions;
The body is semi-cubby, medium in size, well muscled. The distance from the neck to the base of the tail is equal to the distance from the base of the tail to the floor. Wide chest is with visible space between forepaws;
Feet – anterior slightly shorter than the posterior, the length is in proportion to the body, the end of the paws is oval;
Tail – powerful at the base, medium length, tapering to a rounded tip;
Wool – short or medium length, without undercoat, tightly adheres to the body, silky and glossy.
How to determine that you have a Korat before you, not, say, Russian blue, with which it is often confused? Korats are heavier, more stocky and squat, their body is more rounded. The Russian blue’s coat is double, the cortex is without undercoat, not dense. Another major difference is the necessarily heart- shaped head of the cortex.
Character of Korat
Korats are very energetic, clever and affectionate cats. They can get on with other cats, but they like to feel their privileged position and the great love of the owner. Korats at the genetic level are used to being loved and even respected. But they are amenable to learning and can remember everyday rules. The main thing is to start teaching them all from childhood.
These cats can safely play with children and do not show aggression. But they have sharpened sense organs: hearing, sight, smell. They do not like loud and sharp sounds.
Often, the cortex like to “chat”. They have a good “vocabulary”: from a quiet purr to a loud roar, but they use it only in extreme cases.
Care and health
Like any natural breed, the cortex is notable for good health. Nevertheless, at the time of their breeding, cases of genetic disease of gangliosidosis (lag of physical development in childhood, neurological symptoms) were observed. Also atelosteogenesis (incomplete, broken formation of bones) were met. But the life expectancy can reach 20 years.
Korat can be sensitive to allergies, drafts and catarrhal diseases. Therefore, you need to regularly visit a veterinary clinic and eat right.
Breeders have not yet decided how better to feed these cats. One thing is clear: if you buy dry food, then only super premium. If you feed them with natural food, then this should be low-fat meat, fresh porridge without salt, offal, greens. No sausage, flour, fat pork or beans. At natural feeding it is important to give vitamins to a cat.
Features of the treatment are reduced to the standard: weekly combing, very rare bathing if it is necessary, cleaning the ears, teeth, eyes.
The Korat has a blue color. The wool is lighter at the roots, with a dark middle and a silvery tip. This gives the whole cat silver tide, especially strong in places where the wool is the shortest.
Pads of paws, nose and lips are in tone color: dark blue or lavender with a pink tinge.
Kittens can have blackouts or tabby marks, but it passes with age.
Korat kittens price
A Korat kitten of the class breed and show costs from 400 dollars. As usual, the cost depends on the pedigree, gender and characteristics of the cat. Also the price is the higher, the more silvery the pet’s fur is.