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Ironically, one of the oldest races in the world has taken centuries to reach countries like the USA or capitals of all Europe, we are talking about the korat cats, originating from Thailand, where they are considered bearers of fortune and good luck. In this article we will investigate about these mysterious penetrating looking cats that promise to win the hearts of many with their character and their lovely appearance, so read on to find out all about the korat cat.
Korat cats are native to the Thai province of Cao Nguyen Khorat from which it takes its peculiar name and where it is said that its color was the bluest. In Thailand, there are the existence of these cats since before the 14th century, specifically from the year 1350, because already manuscripts of that time collected descriptions about cats of this breed.
As a curious fact, the korat race receives other names such as Si-sawat or fortune cat, since in Thai that name would be translated literally like “amulet that gives luck” or “color of the prosperity”.
On the other hand, and continuing with the history of the korat cat, it was not until the 19th century that the breed arrived in the West, because for example the United States arrived in the 1959 year, a decade before it arrived in Europe. It is therefore a race that, despite being very old, has not become popular until a few years ago. So much so that the race was recognized by the CFA in 1969 and by the FIFe in 1972.
The korat are medium-small cats, although there are quite small specimens, being considered one of the 5 breeds of the smallest cats in the world. Its weight is usually between 3 and 4,5 kilograms, being as it is frequent females slightly smaller than males.
The body of these felines is slender and of graceful aspect, but it does not stop being muscular and strong. Its back is arched and its hind legs somewhat longer than the previous ones. The tail is of average length and thickness, although thicker at the base than at the tip, which is rounded.
The sweet face of korat cats is heart-shaped, with a thin chin and a broad, flat forehead in which arched eyebrows stand out, so the whole has such a characteristic shape. Has some especially large and round eyes, usually from a intense green color, which gives them a very attentive and special look, although there are also blue-eyed specimens. The ears are large and of high insertion and the nose developed but not pointed.
Without a doubt, within the characteristics of the korat cat, the most particular is the coat, short or semi-long, slightly varying the length of one specimen to another, but all the individuals have in common the color of the hair, since they present a mantle of an intense silver blue, without stains or more tonalities than that.
Since we are facing a fairly strong cat whose fur is short, it does not need more than one brushing per week, with a suitable brush for it, the care that the korat cat will receive will be the ones referring to its alimentación, which must be sufficient and balanced, exercise, it is recommended that they enjoy moments of games and activity so as not to become restless, and sweetie, vital for all pets. In this sense, it is essential that you enjoy an adequate environmental enrichment, with varied toys, scrapers with different heights and, even, shelves so that you can rest on them, since the cats love the heights.
We must also pay attention to the state of their eyes, being alert to whether they show signs of grief or cry, their ears, which have to be clean, or the care of their teeth and mouth, being advisable to perform dental brushing regularly.
The korat are cats very affectionate and calm, who enjoy the company of their tutors. Of course, you will need a more detailed socialization in case you are going to live with children or other pets, since sometimes it can be shown reluctant to share his home with them, but nothing that a good social education can not solve. In this sense, it should be noted that this training will be facilitated by the great intellectual skills of these pigs, who are able to assimilate new teachings with surprising ease.
It adapts to life in different environments, so it does not matter if you live in a flat in the city or in a rural house, the korat are able to be happy if all their needs are covered. In addition, this breed is famous for all the affection and affection it lavishes on its own, as well as for its passion for games and the attention we give them. It should be noted that they especially enjoy search and tracking games.
We will be clear if they are comfortable or are enjoying, since they are very communicative both visually and aurally, meowing to transmit their feelings to their tutors. In this way, the character of the korat cat stands out for being totally transparent and direct.
Although they are healthy and long-lived cats, a Average of 16 years of lifeThis does not mean that they can not suffer from various diseases. One of them is the gangliosidosis, which affects the neuromuscular system, although its appearance is early and is usually diagnosed in the first months of life.
Except for that pathology, we will not have to worry too much about serious congenital diseases. We will have to pay attention to deworming and compulsory vaccines, as well as perform veterinary checks frequent to assess the general health status of the korat cat and keep it free of diseases and infections.
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