Like most Oriental cats, the Korat is active and playful. Korats are also very affectionate and sometimes vocal. This highly intelligent breed gets along with older children and well-behaved dogs.
- 5.5 - 11 pounds
Ideal Human Companions
- Families with older children
- Families with well-behaved dogs
- First-time cat owners
- Singles with other pets
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- Very active and playful
- Extremely affectionate
- Silver-blue coloration
- Highly intelligent
What They Are Like to Live With
The Korat’s coat is easy to care for, with just a weekly brushing needed to remove loose hair.
Things You Should Know
Korats need a lot of stimulation and playtime as they are very active cats who become easily bored. They need plenty of attention too, and don’t do well if left completely alone for many hours at a time.
The Korat developed in Thailand, and was considered a good luck cat by the Thai people for generations. It is considered one of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world.
American Korats can be traced back to a pair named Nara and Darra, gifted by the Thai government to an American breeder named Jean Johnson in 1959. Johnson crossed the Korats with Siamese to increase the gene pool, and then bred out the Siamese traits. More Korats came to the U.S. in the 1960s from the Orient, and in 1966, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the breed.
Today, the Korat is also recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association (AFCA).
The Look of a Korat
The Korat is a silver-blue cat with a moderately cobby build. Eye colors are either green or amber.
The head of the Korat is heart-shaped. The ears are large, and have rounded tips.
Male Korats weigh approximately 11 pounds, while females are considerably smaller at around 7 pounds.
Talk About Korats
Intelligent cats who are also independent
I have two beautiful Korats with very different personalities.
The girl can be very shy to strangers, but knows that she is the boss of the household, often demanding attention by sitting on whatever you might be reading or making so much noise that you can no longer watch the TV. She is very affectionate, but will only sit on your lap or be picked up if she wants to be.
The male is much more independent, although it is very rewarding when he does decide to have a cuddle with you. He enjoys being picked up first thing in the afternoon when I get back from work and he is still half asleep. Then he lies across my shoulders and completely relaxes while he slowly wakes up.
Both cats are extremely vocal and like to have regular conversations, so be careful if you are looking for a quiet breed. I would also recommend keeping them indoors. Both my cats are very intelligent and learned how to open doors and cupboards, but neither of them seem to possess any common sense and eat anything and everything they can find and also enjoy lying on the warm tarmac in the middle of the road (bearing in mind this is also perfect camouflage, this is not so good!). They have tried eating wooden flowers and the beading off blinds, then the blinds themselves when these are removed!
I have a niece and nephew who visit from time to time, and the cats are fine with them, The girl often hides out for a few days, preferring to be away from the noise, but both of them are extremely tolerant of small children, never showing any agression and simply running off and hiding if the pulling and prodding becomes too much.
~Lindsay W, owner of two Korats