Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A-Z: Korat



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The Korat is a rare and beautiful short hair that is one of the oldest breeds of cats. It is mentioned in Thailand's book of Cat Poems written between 1350 and 1767 A.D and its ancestors could be found in the jungles of the Malay Peninsula. They were and still are considered good luck.
The Korat cat belonged to the common people. New brides were given a pair of these beauties to insure a happy marriage.
This cat has a silver-blue coat with a silver edging. Its eyes are emerald, large and luminous. The ears are rounded, the face heart-shaped. It has a medium build. His/her coat is short, fine to the touch and lays close to the body. Korats are intelligent and social. Like dogs, they love to fetch.
This kitty is related to the Siamese but considerably less vocal. It is dog and child friendly, and adaptable. The Korat is prone to obesity and GM1 and GM2 gangliosidosis, a fatal genetic defect. Its average life span is between ten and fifteen years of age.
These cats are rare even in their homeland. If you decide you want one please check petfinder.com or your local rescue.

45 comments:

  1. Sad a breed that old is now rare. Looks a little like a Russian Blue.

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    1. It sure does look like a Russian Blue, Alex, and yes it is sad:(

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  2. You'd want to keep him active so he didn't get fat. Pretty cat.

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    1. Yes indeed. He'd do well at your house;)

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  3. Pretty eyes--but a little scary, too! I wouldn't want to see those eyes in the middle of the night in the dark.

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    1. Cats eyes do have a luminescence in the dark that can be unnerving until you recognize them.

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  4. I had a vet ask me if my old cat "Dog" was a Korat. I explained he was a Russian Blue, another breed the vet had never seen before. That's when I learned about these rare beauties. I am super impressed with this one, probably because I have actually heard of them. It's a stunning cat.

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  5. I'm surprised he knew about Korats but not Russian Blues, since they are more common. Interesting.

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  6. Hi, dear Sandra!

    The Korat is a stunning cat! As I told you before, I spent sixty years of my life paying little or no attention to cats because I favored dogs. I never stopped to look at and appreciate the body features, markings and bewitching eyes that cats possess. If I ever wanted to adopt a kitty, I think I would be a Korat even though its life span is not as long as that of other cats.

    Thank you for the informative article, dear friend Sandra!

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    1. I'm sorry, Shady, but I really must question your response. How could you ignore cats for sixty years when you're only forty-nine? :)

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  7. This is one beauty of a cat sadly now rare for many to enjoy. Good post Sandra.
    Yvonne.

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    1. It is disconcerting.
      Thanks, Yvonne;)

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  8. They are one old breed. Look very inquisitive too.

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    1. You can see the inquisitiveness in their faces can't you? :)

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  9. I like the eyes. Very revealing.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  10. That's a beautiful kitty. Thanks for bringing the breed to our attention.

    Love,
    Janie

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  11. Another breed I've never heard of - he's gorgeous!

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  12. They are truly beautiful. They might have been given as a gift to the 'common' people but I suspect would now be too expensive for most. Which I am not against. Sadly I think most people value what they pay for more than they do the 'free'.

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    1. Too a point, I think that's true. But it's amazing how many purebreds end up outside to fend for themselves or in kill shelters.

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  13. if they're that rare, sounds like a karat might be less expensive

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  14. What a beauty. You are really tempting me to find a new feline friend! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. I think you should.........Get those kids off the street. Grin.

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  15. korats R awesum..... N when they iz wee kittenz; ther fotoz bee priceless !!! happee wednesday frum all oh uz in de land oh trout ♥♥♥

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    1. Wouldn't they make the cutest little kittens? Though all kittens are cute:)
      And a happy Wednesday to you too:)

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  16. Oh, she's lovely! This is a favorite, so unique! Love the color, and those eyes!

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  17. Omg...such a beautiful cat..love the coat. It what a shame that it's rare

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    1. I wonder why they are now so rare....

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    1. They look a lot like Russian Blues don't they?

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  19. That is a beautiful cat! If I got married, I would appreciate a bridal gift like that :)

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  20. How precious! I love the tradition of getting two, when getting married! Hope everything is well Sandra! Hugs!

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  21. Me too, Magic. I be fine. Hope you are.

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