Korats are originally from Thailand, and symbolize good fortune and prosperity in their homeland. They're supposed to be extra lucky if they have a kinky tails. These kitties are so lucky that Thai folks often given them as wedding presents—but we don't recommend this unless your friends have registered for one!
Korats—sounds like ko-RAHTs, instead of KO-rats-—are a minority breed in the United States, meaning they're extremely rare. But if you can find one, consider taking this good luck charm to Vegas with you: their name in Thai is “the color of money!” Even if you're not a gambler, you'll feel like you struck gold with this cuddly companion by your side.
This breed can grow to between 6-10 pounds and lives an average of 9-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE KORAT'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This breed is gentle and snuggly. Korats have strong opinions about who's worthy of their time, and this list starts with other Korats. Dogs are way down at the bottom of that list. But they love their chosen people and can make calm companions for older kids. They don't like commotion and will be happiest and healthiest in a loving, laid-back household.
WHAT IS KORAT BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These cats are energetic, playful, and affectionate. Korats tend to be chatty kitties, so expect to hear about it if yours has something on her mind. They're also curious and clever; don't be surprised if your Korat figures out how to open the treat cabinet while you're not looking.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY KORAT ENTERTAINED?
Korats will gladly learn tricks and enjoy outsmarting puzzle toys for treat rewards. But mostly yours just wants to be involved in whatever you're doing. Find ways to give this curious kitty outlets for exploration on the house, like hiding treats for them to find around the house, providing interactive games and, of course, regular play sessions with you.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO KORATS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Korats are a beautiful silver-grey color, with green or amber eyes. Their single coat doesn't mat, so yours won't require much grooming beyond removing loose hair. Plan to brush your furry friend every week to keep her glossy and gorgeous.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO KORATS HAVE?
Though a generally healthy breed, Korats are prone to a genetic disorder that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. If you purchase a Korat, confirm that your breeder has tested parents for gangliosidosis before buying your Korat. If you adopt one, be sure to ask for as much familial history as is available.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE KORATS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Korats aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY KORAT'S BEST DAY?
She'll enjoy any day in which she gets to spend a quiet afternoon with you, using that brilliant brain to explore interesting cubbies and bossing the other cats around. Maybe stash some toys for her to find around the house, filling her day with fun in unexpected places.
SHOULD I ADOPT A KORAT?
Folks looking for a curious, clever feline friend will be a great match for the Korat, as long as you don't mind an opinionated and vocal cat about the house!
Have you decided that a Korat is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.