Korat Cat Looks

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One of the things that define Korat cat looks are the ears. They are very large and on top of head, with a large flare at the base and very little hair on the inside. The ears give the Korat cat an alert expression. The ears should not be too upright.



The eyes are round when fully opened and slanted when half closed or closed. They are rather oversized, but should never be bulging. They are definitely very, very beautiful – the look is very intelligent and the eyes bright. A Korat cat is born with blue eyes, and the eyes become fully green at maturity, which is about two years of age. The color is a luminous, translucent green, almost like the eyes were lit from within. The green color is that of peridot green, but an amber hue is accepted. (In comparison the Russian Blue has emerald green eyes)

Thank you Outi Niemi from POISON'S (FIFe) / THAIOUT (CFA) KORATS for the permission to use this photo of Dewdrop's Naan Bplaai Chaai "Kustaa". 


Another striking feature in Korat cat looks are the eyes.

The eyes are round when fully opened and slanted when half closed or closed. They are rather oversized, but should never be bulging. They are definitely very, very beautiful – the look is very intelligent and the eyes bright.


A Korat cat is born with blue eyes, and the eyes become fully green at maturity, which is about two years of age. The color is a luminous, translucent green, almost like the eyes were lit from within. The green color is that of peridot green, but an amber hue is accepted. (In comparison the Russian Blue has emerald green eyes)


A Korat’s body is firm and muscular, but smooth and curved in conformation – the overall effect of Korat cat looks is a graceful one.


Male Korats weigh between 8 to 11 pounds / 3,6 to 5 kg. Female Korats are smaller, but should not be undersized – their weight vary between 5 and 8 pounds / 2,5 to 3,6 kg. So, you would expect the cat to be very light when you lift it, but you are surprised to find that a Korat cat is actually surprisingly heavy to lift. This is because it has a very low fat percentage and the cat is very muscular. You feel the cat is full of energy, like it could spring into action any second. It has a certain feeling of hidden power – just like a cat in the jungle would.


Thank you Outi Niemi from POISON'S (FIFe) / THAIOUT (CFA) KORATS for the permission to use this photo of CH Pimai Pra Kwan Jai "Pingu". 


Still – like any cat a Korat can become overweight, and in this condition may develop fat pads on the underside. So do not overfeed!


Its chest is broad, with good muscles. Its back is in a slight curve and the distance from the nape of the neck to the tail is about the same as the Korat’s height from the base of its tail down to ground.


The tail is thick at the base and has a rounded tip – it should be in proportion to the rest of the body and should never be whip-like.


The Thais consider a kink in the tail to be a sign of good luck, and so it is no surprise this feature sometimes surfaces in Korat cats. A non-visible kink is allowed – it is caused by a recessive gene and it just keeps on surfacing. Obviously it is impossible to breed out - but strictly speaking it is considered a defect.


Korat’s rear legs are slightly longer than its front legs, the feet are oval in shape.


The nose leather and lips of a Korat can be dark blue or lavender in color. The paw pads are also dark blue or lavender (with a pinkish tinge).


No outcrossing is permitted to develop Korat cat looks, but sometimes lilac or blue point kittens are born. A dilute gene has to be carried by both parents, as it is recessive. These cats are not called Korat, because the definition of Korat is that the cat is blue. Instead the lilac is called Thai Lilac and the blue point is - the Blue Point. The wonderful character is still true Korat, even if the name isn’t.


It is thought that Korats gave the blue point to the Siamese cats, and it may be the Burmese cats got their blue coats from Korats as well.


The Korat can reach maturity early, sometimes even as early as 6 months of age, and might even breed at that young age, but this is strongly adviced against. A cat is too young to raise kittens that early.


The Korat cats looks develop at a slower pace. Especially the males can go through a rather “ugly” stage, where their coat is fluffy, their eyes not green but amber and the face hasn’t achieved its heart-shape yet. So if you are considering showing your Korat, choosing a kitten for this purpose is difficult. Only time will show if you have a show cat or not. But either way you will have a beauty for sure.



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The Tail


 There seems to be one thing the Purrsons don’t quite understand about cats. And that is the Tail.

 

We are proud of our tails – but this does not mean we would look down upon cats with bobtails (now, that IS a tail after all, even if a short one), and we do understand the body language of tailless cats.

 

But personally my plume of a Tail is my crowning glory. I spend considerable time grooming it, and carry it proudly up in the air.

 

And here’s the thing the Purrson’s don’t understand about the Tail: it has a life of its own. It observes the surroundings for us and has a will of its own.

 

Mommy notices this when she is having her morning coffee and I hop to her lap. I stand first on my legs and head-butt Mommy to show my approval and affection. At the same time the Tail observes its surroundings and bends to see interesting things closer. Not my fault Mommy chooses to put her coffee mug right at the edge of the table. She should know better, having observed Tail behavior since she was eight years old.

 

So the Tail bends towards the table. Always. It brushes against what ever is within reaching distance. And that means the coffee mug too. Usually Mommy snatches the mug away and makes disapproving noises when my wet tail drips coffee on her white bathrobe and wets whatever she happends to be reading in paper form.

 

Now it would be ME who should make disapproving noises – my Tail is now wet, and washing it is not a pleasant thing, because coffee simply tastes BAD. Also who in their right minds would wear a white bathrobe in a household of three red cats? (Or a black one for that matter – it seems I need to give a talking-to to Daddy as well).

 

But I forgive and settle in her lap (well, settle and settle… the amount of inner peace is directly proportional to the amount of yummy munchies on the table, where I now have unobstructed view to, which was the point of hopping to Mommy’s lap all along.)

 

And then there is the living room table. These coffee tables are very low, which is a good thing from a cat’s perspective. But not from the Tail’s. Because now, when we walk past the furniture in question, our back is at the level of the table top. And this means that the whole time we are walking the narrow corridor between the couch and the table, our Tail is doing reconnaissance work. Namely bending over the table top. And what do Purrsons have there? More drinking glasses!

 

My Tail has now tasted coffee (BAD), tea (usually bitter), wine (hmm…), water (the only real drink), fruit juices (not to my liking), milk (to my liking) and soft drinks (Soft? What on earth is soft about them?). 

 

I do try to keep the Tail content and clean it after these incidences, as it seems the Purrsons never learn to respect the Tail. Some of them even pull cats by the tail, can you believe such disrespect? And thus it has been for a long time, if the Secret Code of Cats is to be believed. And as all cats know, SCC never makes mistakes.

 

But we do our best to teach Purrsons about the language of the Tail. We hug with it, we question with it, we show our emotions with it. And yes – we do reconnassaince work with it. A most valuable and respected body part.

 

Maybe Purrsons would understand it better, if Evolution had not snipped off their tail. I do not know who this Evolution guy is, but I do know he did a great disservice to the Purrson kind. This is why we show our sympathy towards Purrsons when they misread the behavior of our Tails. After all – they are handicapped without a Tail of their own.

 

Oh, and my Tail has a name too.


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