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12 Korat Cats: Care And Training




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

12 Korat Cats: Care And Training

Korats are easy cats to take care of because they will usually tell
you what they need. They are not finicky eaters, but it is recommended
that owners feed only high quality dry food and/or canned food.
Although Korats like people food, it is not formulated for them and
should be minimized.

Korats have a low body fat percentage, but they can become overweight.
If fed too much, a Korat will develop "fat pads" along their
underside. These can be mistaken for mammary tumors as they have the
same look and feel. If any doubt exists, have the cat examined by a
veterinarian.

When having your Korat spayed/neutered or when have any operation that
requires anesthesia, it should be remembered that Korats have little
body fat to absorb the anesthesia. Non fat-soluble varieties should be
used when operating on Korats. This is the same as other "low fat"
animals like Greyhounds, Whippets or Siamese.

Korats reach sexual maturity relatively early, 6-8 months in most
cases. Neutering a male cat at this age is appropriate, as is spaying
the female. A male cat will begin spraying, or marking his territory
upon reaching sexual maturity. Korat females, when they come into
season, will call for available males, and will also mark their
territory with urine. Spaying and neutering can alleviate the desire
to spray.

Training a Korat is relatively easy. Fetch the toy is a game that most
Korats readily adapt to. Training a Korat can be done with both
negative and positive reinforcement. Negative incentives should be
limited to a loud "NO", a clap of the hands, snap of the fingers, or a
squirt bottle of plain water. Because of the Korats gregariousness,
the ultimate in discipline is to quietly place the cat in a separate
room for a short time (15 min) and then just as quietly let it out. Be
sure no toys or other amusements are available in the "time out" room.
Positive reinforcements are the usual games and treats and a simple
petting session for something well done.

 

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