I am a Korat, a rare breed indeed! Korats were discovered in Ampur Pimai of the Korat province in Thailand. The earliest known record of the Korat appears in The Tamra Maew (The Cat-Book Poems) or Smud Khoi of Cats, produced some time during the Ayudhya Period of Siamese History (1350-1767). This book presents the seventeen good luck cats of Thailand, including the Korat, and is presently located at Bangkok's National Library. In Thailand, we are called Si-Siwat.
We Korats have a unique color, defined as silver-tipped blue, which gives it a shimmering shine. The color appears to absorb light, giving a halo effect. It is a short, single and close-lying coat. Their hair does not float off when they are stroked or petted, so most people with allergies to cat hair find their proximity tolerable. The roots are lighter with color increasing in shade up the shaft to a deeper blue until it reaches the tips, which are silver. The silver tipping is more prevalent on the muzzle and toes. Each hair is striped as are the whiskers.
The eyes are large and peridot green in an adult cat, but kittens have amber or golden-green eye colored eyes which gradually change as they become adults, at two to four years. One of my relatives is still doing well at twenty five!
To be a true, registered Korat, you must be able to trace your ancestors back to Thailand. There are other pretty blue cats, but they are not Korats!
Great job with the Korats!
Jul 28, 2016 11:54 pm