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Korat cat

The Korat cat is one of the oldest stable cat breeds and originates in Thailand. It is named after the province in which it originated, although in Thailand it is often known as ‘Si-Sawat’, which means good fortune. In fact they are often known colloquially as the "Good Luck Cat" and are given in pairs to newly weds or people of high esteem as a wish for good luck.

The first known written mention of the Korat was in "The Cat-Book Poems" authored between 1350 and 1767 AD in Thailand, now preserved in the National Library in Bangkok. They first appeared in America in the 1950s and arrived in Great Britain from there in 1972.

Korats are a shorthair with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat - and therefore often described as sleek and muscular. They are an active cat and form strong bonds with people.

Korats have several characteristics that together distinguish them as a breed: