From the other side of the world, in Thailand, Asia, originates one of the oldest cat breeds, the Korat. The Korat cat is surrounded by Thai legend and tradition. In Thailand it is nicknamed Si-Sawat, or Good Luck Cat and it is believed that the Korat will bring good fortune to its owners. The Korat is often given as a gift to bring good luck to its receivers. In 1959 the Korat cat breed was brought to America by Jean Johnson who discovered the breed while she was living in Thailand.
Korats are medium built, but solid and are heavier than they appear to be. Their coat is a shorthair coat and Korats can be found in only one color, a lavender shade of blue. Korats’ coats are adapted to the hot and humid Thai climate; therefore they don’t have an underdown and rarely needs to shed their hair. The Korat cat’s eye color changes as it grows into maturity. As a kitten, it has an amber shade of eyes, which gradually changes until the eyes are a striking emerald green. Even under a spotlight, Korat eyes reflect green instead of the usual expected red.
As a result of its shorthair coat, a Korat doesn’t need much brushing and grooming, although it will be very appreciated. Korats are very active cats and needs a lot of attention. They love living in pairs and become very attached to a partner Korat, so it is always a good idea to have two Korat cats as a single Korat will demand even more attention. In spite of their active nature, Korats are wary of loud or sudden noises and prefers living in a quiet environment and staying indoors.