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03 Korat Cats: Characteristics And Temperament




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This article is from the Korats Breed FAQ, by Dennis Ganoe dganoe@teleport.com with numerous contributions by others.

03 Korat Cats: Characteristics And Temperament

The Korat is an active cat with strong likes and dislikes. They are
quite territorial and consider their "human" part of their territory.
For this reason they make outstanding companions, always nearby and
faithful. Korats are very intelligent and take well to most training.
Korats have been trained to play games such as fetch and can be
trained to walk on a leash. Korats "bond" with their owner either as
kittens or as adults. The bonding usually takes place in the first few
weeks a Korat is in its new home. After the bonding, the Korat will
want to be with their "person," whatever that person is doing and will
follow their chosen person from room to room to be nearby. This
behavior has been known to annoy some people. Bonding with a Korat is
not limited to humans. Korats will bond to what ever entity they like
best. This can be an adult, a child, another cat, or a dog. Bonding
with a Korat doesn't mean it will reject offers of affection from
others. It simply means they have a chosen preference in
companionship. Korats have thrived in every environment this author
has known. They do tend to elevate themselves to the Number 1 position
in a group of cats and other cat breeds have been known to resent
this.

Korats in the show ring show all of the above mentioned traits. Korats
are not generally fearful cats, so most of their show behavior is
learned. They may learn that aggressive behavior gets them taken home.
They may also learn that certain behaviors get them special attention
from their chosen person. Showing a Korat takes time and firm control.
It takes time to train a Korat to show. The exhibitor must ensure the
Korat learns the show routine and what is expected of the show cat. An
exhibitor of Korats must have firm control of themselves, because any
"pay-off" of unacceptable behavior by the Korat, teaches the Korat to
repeat the behavior in order to get what he wants most, attention from
his "person."

 

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