The Korat Cat – Appearance
The Korat cat is an old natural breed from Thailand.” It was known in Thailand as the “Si-Sawat.
The Korat has a heart-shaped head. It is a short-haired cat with beautiful silver-blue fur.
The cat does not have a full undercoat and therefore does not appreciate cold weather.
It is medium sized.
This is a playful and affectionate cat.
They do demand attention.
This is a loyal cat and it likes to talk.
The Korat can also be a great lap cat.
They do not like loud noises.>
The Good Luck Cat
The Korat cat was considered good-luck in Thailand.
A newlywed bride was very happy if she received a pair of Korat cats as a wedding gift.
The Korat cats would indeed bring prosperity in the years to come.
The silver color of the coat represented the metal silver, naturally.
The cat also represented the heavy rain clouds.
In earlier times this special cat breed would participate in a ceremony after a long dry season.
They would pour water over these cats to ensure the much longed for rain showers.
Korat Cat History
This cat has a long history. If you are ever in Bangkok, be sure to visit the Nation Museum.
On display in this museum is the “Cat Book Poems”. This is what was written about the Korat cat:
“The hairs are smooth, with roots like clouds and tips like silver. The eyes shine like dewdrops on a lotus leaf.”
The Thai put a high value on the Korat cats. They were not for sale. The first cat was brought to England in 1896.
As these cats were rare, not many had heard about them. They were mistaken for scanty and poor variety of the Siamese cat.
Many years would pass before the Korat again was spoken about in England.
In 1959 the American Ambassador in Thailand received a two Korat cats as a gift.
The names of these two cats were Nara and Darra. These two cats were sent to the United States to an American cat breeder named Jean Johnson.
The Korat cat was recognized as a pedigree cat in the U.S. in 1966.
In March, 1972 two Korat cats arrived in the United Kingdom; a pregnant feline named Saeng Duan and Sam (male).
Saeng Duan gave birth to six kittens on Easter Sunday.
These were the very first Korat cats to be born in Britain.