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Korat cat breed profile

This breed is perfect for any home, especially one that gives lots of attention.

Whether your cat is a purebred Korat, or a Korat mix, learning about their breed can explain a lot about your pet’s personality, habits and overall health. Or, if you’re looking for a small, playful, vocal cat, you may want to consider adopting a Korat cat. 

“Korats tend to get along well with people of all ages and even other pets, including dogs,” Dr. Holly Jordan, DVM, a veterinary consultant at Fidus Pet Concierge Communities, says. 

What do Korat cats look like?

Korats tend to be small-to-medium-sized with a dense, heavy body. You may notice them from their heart-shaped head and sparse markings around their head and ears. 

This breed has a single-layered coat with fur that is soft and silky. Their fur is a silver-blue color, and the tips of the fur can create a silver-halo effect. As kittens, some Korats can have visible tabby cat lines that fade as they grow. 

Korats can be confused with the Russian Blue cat breed, as they're quite similar at first glance but have some differing features. The breed tends to have rounded ear tips that sit toward the top of their head, whereas Russian Blue ear tips tend to be pointed and positioned at the sides of their head. Russian Blues have a wedge-shaped head and a leaner body, while Korats tend to have a heart-shaped head.

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What are Korats' personalities like?

Korats are closely related to the Siamese cat and tend to be on the more vocal side, although not as much as the Siamese, Dr. Jordan says. This breed loves attention and is curious. Dr. Jordan notes that future pet parents should enjoy Korats' vocalness and be aware of how much interaction they need. 

“They love playing, interaction and even snuggling,” Dr. Jordan says. 

Common health issues in Korats

With a  10-to-15-year lifespan, Korats can be longtime companions — but they carry a genetic risk for certain diseases, such as gangliosidosis (a group of inherited metabolic diseases), which can be DNA tested for. Talk to your veterinarian to help prevent this disease and keep an eye on the cat's sensitive gastrointestinal system.

Korats are also prone to dental diseases, Dr. Jordan adds. 

Integrating Korats into the home

Get ready to shower your Korat with lots of attention — while they're perfect for any home, they require lots of love. Because of their need for interaction, these cats integrate into homes pretty easily, Dr. Jordan notes. But it is always best to get them familiar with one room in the home first. Over a 7-day period, the cat can expand their territory into other home areas.

Are you interested in adopting a Korat, a Korat mix, or any pet at all? We think every pet deserves a home and encourage you to check out our shelter partners.

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