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- Expressive, oversized eyes
- The eyes are blue at first, changing to amber with a green tinge around the pupil during adolescence
- At approximately 2 to 4 years of age, the eyes are luminous green
- The roots of the hair are a light-bluish color, darkening before the ends become silver-tipped
- Extraordinary powers of hearing, sight and scent
- They are gentle pets, moving softly and cautiously, disliking sudden, loud or harsh noises
- Respond warmly to cuddling, sitting as close as possible
- Healthy breed
- Needs boosters by 12 weeks old
- Annual vet visit for checkups is important
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Does best indoors
- Needs sufficient scratching device
- Declawing is not recommended
- Kittens are available after 12-16 weeks
- Trim nails regularly
- These cats are considered a symbol of good fortune by the Thais
- Many good luck traditions surround the Korat: they are the color of silver, signifying wealth; they are the color of rain clouds, with eyes the color of young rice, meaning good crops
- The gift of a pair of Korat cats to the bride ensures a fortunate marriage
- Breed has been cherished for centuries in its native Thailand
- The earliest known picture of a Korat is in the ancient book of paintings and verses known as The Cat-Book Poems in Bangkok’s National Library
- King Rama V is said to have named the breed when he remarked, "What a pretty cat – where is it from?" and was told "Korat"