Kitten History: Korat

This silver charmer has been a symbol of good fortune and prosperity for centuries.

By Stacy Hackett

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Korat © Helmi FlickShe's your new lucky charm, your Korat kitten: gazing at you with green eyes that herald good crops; and covered in fur the color of silver, signifying wealth. For centuries this native cat of Thailand has been a symbol of good fortune.

The Korat, or Si-Sawat, has been revered and cherished by the Thai people throughout the ages. A Korat is depicted in The Cat-Book Poems, an ancient work, and in paintings. Other folk tales state that the Korat was named by King Rama V.

A cat this beautiful couldn't stay hidden from the cat fancy for long. The first pair of Korats entered the United States in 1959, and the breed was accepted for championship status in the Cat Fanciers Association in 1966. Though a relatively rare breed, the Korat enjoys a strong and dedicated following.

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Leisa    International

8/24/2015 8:12:11 PM

My rescue korat boy growls possively over his mouse on a string toy. He is a character! My husband was nearly going to pass him up. Because he looked like a cut and shut mix breed. But once on pro plan his coat went full si-swat and he put 2kg on. He isn't a regret and we couldn't live without him!

Patrica    Eden, NY

8/5/2014 10:16:40 AM

I have a rescue Korat named Emma. She is six years old and we love each other dearly!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/20/2013 11:44:23 PM

Nice grey cat.


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