Aldrich Animal Hospital



Basic Korat Information

  • Lifespan: 9 - 15 years
  • Weight: 6 - 10 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Korat

  • Gangliosidosis
  • Lysosomal Storage Disease

Korat Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Korat History

  • Officially recognized by the government of Thailand as a national treasure.
  • According to an ancient manuscript, Cat-Book Poems, the Korat was created in the 1300s in Siam (now Thailand).
  • The Korat were valued as wedding gifts and were trained to check for scorpions before babies were placed in cribs during ancient Siam days.
  • King Rama V was especially a big admirer of Korats and ordered state funerals whenever one of his favorite Korats died.
  • First pair of Korats arrived in the United States in the 1950s, brought back by a couple serving in the Foreign Service in Thailand.
  • In the late 1960s, military returning from serving tours of duty in the Vietnam War brought back more Korats.
  • The Korat, one of the oldest and purest of breeds, garnered championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1966.

Korat Behavior Concerns

  • Extremely bonded to their family and home.
  • Known for extreme intelligence and problem-solving skills.
  • Capable of learning specific words and engaging in conversations using a variety of expressive sounds.
  • Very curious and dexterous, capable of pawing open cabinet doors.
  • Prefers quiet households and being catered to by his people.
  • Can be a bit cautious, which can be misconstrued as being aloof.
  • Likes to be the one-and-only pet and can be territorial and bossy toward other pets in the home.

Look of Korats

  • This muscular breed sports a heart-shaped head along with huge, luminous green eyes and a lion-looking downward curve of the nose.
  • Its cobby-shaped body is medium sized and muscular with its front legs slightly shorter than the hind legs.
  • The medium-length tail is fuller at the base and tapers to a rounded tip.
  • It sports a shorthaired, single coat that is fine texture with a glossy look.
  • The only Korat color accepted in cat show competition is blue, which is actually silver tipped.
  • Korats do not fully mature until age five.

Grooming Korat Cats

  • The Korat's single coat lies flat and does not have a downy undercoat that causes matting, so little grooming is required.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Korats

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have a greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabolism, activity and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source for information on this topic.

Fun Facts of Korats

  • Also referred to as the Si-Sawat in Thailand, the Korat is nicknamed the "Good Luck Cat."
  • According to Thai legend, the Korat's good luck increases if there is a kink in the tail.
  • Thai tradition holds that a pair of Korats bestowed to a bride on her wedding day guarantees a happy marriage.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Aldrich Animal Hospital is open Monday-Wednesday 8AM-8PM; Thursday-Friday 8AM-6PM and on Saturday 8AM-4PM (we are closed on Sunday). If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 631-669-3161. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

      Aldrich Animal Hospital
      537 Sunrise Highway
      West Babylon, NY 11704

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following 24/7/365 veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
75 Sunrise Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
Open 24/7/365

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury NY 11590 
Open 24/7/365