Find out why the Swat Cats are called the Swat Cats?

Korat cats (or si-sawat cats) are a famous breed of cat native to Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Korat (Thai: โคราช, มาเลศ, สีสวาด - Khorat, Malet, Sisawat) is a slate blue-grey short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build. Its body is semi-cobby, and unusually heavy for its size. 

It is an intelligent and playful cat that forms strong bonds with people. Among the Korats' distinguishing characteristics is its heart-shaped head and large green eyes.

The Korat is a natural breed, and one of the oldest stable cat breeds. Originating in Thailand, it is named after the Nakhon Ratchasima province (typically called "Korat" by the Thai people).

In Thailand, the breed is known as Si-Sawat, meaning "colour of the sawat seed". This is where Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC get there nickname "The Swat Cats" from. In fact, Thais pronounce this as "Sawat Cats or Sawat Cat", and many English speakers wrongly assume this to be mispronounced. It is, in fact, the English version that is misspelled, either for a cooler word, or just because...

The Korat is known colloquially as the "good luck cat".

Traditionally, they are given in pairs to newlyweds or people who are highly esteemed, for good luck. Until recently, Korats were not sold, but only given as gifts.


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