Korat Cat

Korat cat

Korat Cat – Photo: copyright Innath

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Nearly all the cat breed photographs on this website are by Helmi Flick a professional photographer of distinction. She mainly photographs show cats with a full pedigree. I am not sure of the pedigree or history of the cats on this page because I don’t know the photographers. That does not mean that they are not purebred or pedigree Korat Cats or indeed fine cats.

Introduction

The Korat is an ancient and natural cat from Thailand (formerly Siam the country of origin of the Siamese cat) with a “silvery sheen”1 originating in the court of King Rama V1. It was known as “Si-Sawat”, a symbol of good fortune.

two korat cats

A similar cat, in terms of its naturalness and colour comes immediately to mind, the Chartreux. The Chartreux is a native of France while the Korat, as mentioned, originally comes from Thailand (see map below) where the cat is associated with good luck. Apparently, a pair of Korats are, on occasions, given to newly weds as a way of wishing good luck (and on other special occasions, I presume). They were also said to have been used to guard homes and villages in Siam1.

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Photo of Miska. Kept by Thea Robinson in Scappose, Oregon. Korat Female Silver-tipped Blue. Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder

“Korat” cat be translated as “Good Fortune”. It is said that this cat is sprinkled with water to bring rain; the coat being the color of grey rain clouds. This cat is relatively rare in its native country. My research did not revel reference to this breed of cat on websites about Thailand. The Korat is spoken about in a reverential way by the Thai people in respect of its fine appearance.

The coat is very fine and discussed below. It would seem, and I am speculating, that this cat was kept by the more wealthy people of Thailand. The cats of Thailand are more likely, these days to be moggies, Siamese (Vichien Mat) or Oriental Shorthair for example.

Date Event
1350-1767 Korat cat mentioned in an ancient Thai book, “The Cat-Book Poems”
1959 First imported into USA by Jean Johnson
1972 First imported into UK
1966 Accepted by CFA into full status category (Championship Category)
Korat Cat

Korat cat photo: © Nick Hodges – creative commons

Appearance and Character

The coat is special in its make up and appearance. This cat has only one color, blue (solid division, traditional category) – the color you see in these photographs (any slight differences is due to color reproduction). Other cats with a similar single color are the Chartreux, Russian Blue and Nebelung. These are the Grey Cat Breeds. There are no tabby markings. The coat is a single coat (no undercoat), which means easier maintenance and medium in length. Also the fur doesn’t come off quite so easily, making this cat less of a problem potentially for people who suffer from cat allergies. However this would seem to be anecdotal information.

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Veda Napha Naramit a male Korat Cat of 2 years of age copyright M. La Roche reproduced under creative commons

The roots of the hair are dark blue changing to a darker color in the middle and finally silver at the top. The coat could be defined as, “silver tipped blue”. The Thais, however, describe the color with reference to nature, a reflection perhaps of the good luck they seek in bringing on rain by sprinkling the cat with water. They describe the color as, “rain cloud gray”. The silver aura or the “polished silver dollar” effect (used by the CFA author) is described as, “sea foam”.

There is an interesting difference in the reference to nature in Thailand and the reference to money in the USA. The “halo” effect may be due to the absorption of light by the dark middle area of the hair follicles and the silver tipping. The silver tipping is more concentrated on the muzzle (the front of the cat’s face) and the toes.

The face is said to be “heart-shaped”1. This comes from TICA’s breed standard, “Face is heart- shaped with smooth curved lines..” The eyes the colour of “peridot gem-stones1 – what are they!?

Answer: see picture adjacent right. TICA’s breed standard says this about the eyes, “Luminous green color preferred, amber cast acceptable..” The body is semi-cobby, cat fancy language for about average or between slender and stocky in conformation – see cat body types.

The body is compact and muscular. As to character, they have, like other cat breeds, (but perhaps more so) superb hearing and a very sensitive nose. As a consequence they like it quiet. Plus they have all the usual beautiful and natural characteristics of all domestic cats. They are said to be intelligent.

Korat Cat

Photo: © catalin2

Breeders

See a full Korat cat world list of breeders on this page. As usual, the listings are from the top non-directory cattery sites on a Google search. If you’d like a listing please contact me. Gentlegift Korats.

This is the only website (2009) listed in the first 3 pages on the above criteria at the time of building this page. This site malfunctions in its operation and it is not clear where the cattery is or whether it is still operating – please advise.

Sources:

  • 1. Legacy of the Cat by Gloria Stephens & Testsu – page 92 – see below
  • Moggies
  • Wikipedia
  • CFA
  • Me
  • Cats of Thailand


Comments

Korat Cat — 8 Comments

  1. I have a female Korat, Lisa. She was found by Animal Control crying in a wooded area. They brought her straight to me. I have two other shelter cats and they all love each other so much. The Vet told me she was Korat, I’d never heard of them before, But, she is loved to pieces and knows it.

  2. We also got our Korat from a shelter and they had named her Misty which was perfect for her beautiful color. Her eyes are also the amazing peridot. When we got her, my son found a book at the library with Misty’s picture on the cover and that’s how we learned she was a Korat. She is very intelligent and a really loving cat. She’s quite vocal when she wants something. If she is out of water, she tracks me down in the house and tells me about it. We have another cat and dog, but my son has spoiled Misty rotten. She is definitely royalty at our house and she knows it.

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  4. i have a male korat i was out scouting for food for boy scouts and i heard some meowing i looked inside a drain pipe and saw green eye i got a screw driver and unscrewed the tube so i could get him out. i took him my house and gave him a bath. we still have him. he is a gentle atlitic cat. we named him skizo short for skizofredric.

  5. I think there might be a feral community of Korats, at least in my town. I took one home that was crying and rubbing up against my leg, she turned out to be pregnant. Her kittens look Korat too. I think the feral community is keeping the breed strong themselves like they would in the wild because I’ve seen literally about 100 of this exact same looking cat. They all hang out in a pack by the train tracks.

    • So, you see 100 grey cats in one community. It must look interesting but sad. Although they look like Korats they are not formally speaking Korats because only Korats that are registered and pedigree cats (lineage) can be called a Korat. However, that does not preclude the possibility that there is some Korat genetics in them.

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