The Oriental

Which came first, the Oriental or the Siamese?

The Siamese was imported to Britain from Thailand in the late 1800s. But other cats were solid -colored, and after years of crossing with Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, and other breeds, the end result was the Oriental Shorthair.
Like the Siamese, the Oriental has a wedge-shaped head with big ears and almond eyes.

Registered with the CFA in the 1970s, today the Oriental is the tenth most popular cat breed in the United States.

Cat Facts
The Oriental is a pretty neat breed, and here’s why:

  • The Oriental comes in over 300 colors and patterns. Ornamental. ?
  • The Oriental can be shorthaired or longhaired, depending on which gene is expressed.
  • Weight: 9-14 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12-15+

What are they like?
The Oriental LOVES his people.

Orientals become very attached to the people in their lives. The Oriental loves to play fetch, fool around with puzzle games, watch television, and follow you around the house. He can live with dogs and cats alike, and he’s a great cat for kids. Endlessly entertaining when you’re around, he’ll entertain himself while you’re away by exploring new heights and hiding places in the house.

The Oriental isn’t quite as loud as the Siamese – nicknamed “Meezer” because of his low-pitched voice – but he’s also never at a loss of words for anything. He’ll let you know when he’s hungry or wants to play.

The Oriental is relatively healthy breed of cat, but he does have some health issues similar to those of his cousin, the Siamese:

  • Bladder stones
  • Heart problems, such as dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Mast cell cancer
  • Liver amyloidosis, which can lead to liver failure
  • Periodontal disease

Right for you?
The Oriental is a great choice for someone looking for a playful, athletic cat. But, as with all pets, there are always a few things to consider when welcoming an Oriental into your home:

  • Like the Siamese, the Oriental is curious. Very curious. You’ll have to cat-proof your home to some degree, or your cat will end up tangled in wires and blinds, stuck on shelves, or into an entire bag of treats.
  • Both the shorthaired and the longhaired Oriental are relatively easy to groom. A weekly brushing will keep a shorthair happy; 3-4 times a week is adequate for the longhair.
  • The Oriental’s love for attention and need for stimulation can make him a bit demanding at times. They don’t like to be alone for long, so if you work long hours or your family isn’t around much, it’s best to get a companion for an Oriental.
  • The Oriental is prone to periodontal disease, so he requires regular dental care. It can take some time to coax a cat into being comfortable having his teeth brushed, so you’ll have to be patient.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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The Oriental Shorthair is closely related to the Siamese Cat as they resemble the Siamese Cat’s body, but they boast a wider variety of coat colors and patterns. They are highly social and vocal cats that will have no problem expressing themselves if they feel you’re not giving them enough attention!

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The Oriental is a natural athlete — long, lithe, svelte. He is lively and fun-loving, always into everything. Orientals like to supervise all family activities and offer running verbal commentary on how things should be done.


The personality of the Oriental is as distinctive as the multicolored exterior. They are natural entertainers, full of enthusiasm, energy, and the belief that the world should revolve around them. Haughty and royal one minute, they are animated and inquisitive the next. They are highly curious, and will go to great lengths to be involved in your activities. This is not the breed for you if you work all day and have an active night life. The Oriental shouldn’t be left alone for long periods and need other cats as playmates and company for those times you can’t be with them. The Oriental craves attention this breed needs quality time with their preferred persons. They have a real need for play, and retain that need well into adulthood. It’s wise to have lots of toys for your Oriental, or they will create their own, sometimes out of household items you’d rather they didn’t.

Orientals are extremely social, loving, and loyal, and their feelings are easily hurt if you ignore or scold them. Orientals don’t just want attention— they need it desperately if they are to live happy, healthy lives. If you provide the tender loving care they need, they’ll do just about anything to please you. Ignore them, and they become unhappy and depressed. However, when given their full share of affection, Orientals will repay you with a lifetime of love, affection, and intelligent conversation.

They usually bond with one person and become extremely devoted to and dependent upon their chosen human. Expect them to be at your side, on your shoulder, and at the door to interrogate you about where you’ve been, why you went there, and what you brought back for “me-orrr.” The breed is just as vocal as the Siamese, but range, frequency, and inflection can vary from cat to cat, and bloodline to bloodline. However, like their Siamese relatives, they are never at a loss for words on any subject.

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