Curious, intelligent and active, Oriental cats make great pets for those who have time to play and stimulate their feline friends. They’ll be interested in whatever you’re doing around the home so you’ll never be without company, plus they don’t mind having a chat.
Where I'm From
The Oriental is a created breed that owes its history to the Siamese. The two cats are closely entwined and share the same temperament and shape. It’s just the coat colour that varies.
In the 1950s, breeders were able to produce different coloured Orientals by crossing the Siamese with Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, Abyssinians and domestic shorthairs. These casts were eventually introduced back to a Siamese for further refining.
A huge variety of colours and patterns spurred from these breeding programs and the cats without the traditional Siamese pointed pattern, became the basis for the Oriental breed.
What I Look Like
The breed comes in two coat lengths, short and long.
Combined with the various colours and patterns, Orientals come in over 300 varieties.
They’re medium in size and their hind legs are higher than their fore legs. They
may appear frail but in fact they’re far from it with sleek muscular bodies
hidden beneath their slight frame.
How I Act
Oriental cats love to have company. They’re attention seeking and will want to be part of your day from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. This breed is very curious and will want to chat to you while you go about your business. They’re not the quietest creatures, so if you’re looking for an independent pet that’s not going to bother you too much, this is not the breed for you!
However, if you’re in the market for an intelligent cat that’s highly trainable, then you’re in luck. Orientals are playful by nature and enjoy a game of fetch every now and then. You’ll need to keep them confined to the house though as their curiosity can get the best of them. This won’t bother them much though provided they have company. If you’re someone who is out a lot during the day, you may consider providing a companion for your Oriental.
Orientals are lap cats, which you’ll come to appreciate especially during the cooler months. Their playful nature and need for constant companionship makes them a well suited pet for kids.
Looking After Me
Orientals are generally healthy but may suffer from the same sorts of issues that affect Siamese cats. These include amyloidosis, asthma and an inherited condition that causes crossed eyes.
Oriental shorthairs don’t require a lot of grooming and you can get away with brushing their coats weekly if not fortnightly. Longhairs will require a little more attention and will benefit from a brush a couple of times a week to prevent their coat from matting.
As with most breeds, you should trim an Orientals nails and clean their ears as needed. A daily brush of their teeth is also recommended to prevent periodontal disease.
Am I the pet for you?
- Orientals are excellent companions
- Come in over 300 different combinations
- Intelligent and trainable
- Can be quite vocal
- Curiosity may cause them to stray if allowed outdoors
- Are prone to some inherited conditions
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