Oriental Cats

A Popular Breed Amongst Families and Singles

One of the most loyal cats around, the oriental cat is a true companion. He will always be there to greet you at the door and “ask” how your day has been. Give your oriental cat the time and attention he needs, and he will be your grateful companion for years to come.

Oriental cat

The oriental cat’s history is unique. Created by U.S. breeders who wanted to expand the look of the Siamese cat by introducing a range of colors, the breed was divided into two groups: shorthairs and longhairs. In 1995, the two groups were merged into one, known simply as the oriental.

An oriental cat is unmistakable. It shares the sleek build and angular face of the Siamese. Its flaring, pointed ears are a giveaway to its heritage. But what sets the oriental cat apart is its wide range of colors and patterns. It is known to have more than 300 different color and pattern combinations.

The personality of this popular pet is a winning one. The oriental cat tends to be an entertainer and loves to interact with people. This is likely what makes it one of the most popular breeds in the country.

Be sure to pay lots of attention to your oriental cat — he will demand it. This breed often forms a strong bond with one person. His inquisitive nature means that he’ll go to great lengths to be involved in your activities. He likes to feel like he’s always part of the action. But be careful: Your oriental cat can become depressed if he’s not getting enough of your time. If you’re spending enough time with him, he’ll reward you with loads of affection.

These cats are also very vocal, so expect a lot of pleasant conversation in your household. The oriental cat is good with adults as well as older children, so he’s perfect for families or singles.

These cats come in a wide array of color choices as well as different patterns in each of those colors. The list of color choices and patterns available include Black, Havana, Cinnamon, Red, Blue, Lilac, Fawn, Cream, Caramel, Apricot, and Foreign White.

The oriental cat also comes in tortoiseshell, tabby, silver tabby, smoke, shaded, and tipped patterns.

Another positive aspect of having an oriental cat in your family is the ease of grooming. Both the shorthair and longhair types are relatively easy to maintain. The shorthair coat is very short and close to the body, with no noticeable undercoat. The longhair has no undercoat, which means it’s hard for mats and tangles to form.

A good brushing with a comb or a brush once a week should be quite sufficient to keep your cats coat smooth and healthy.

Oriental cats share a similar genetic makeup as the Siamese cat. While all cats can potentially develop genetic conditions, these health conditions diagnosed in Oriental cats may not affect yours in particular: crossed eyes, hereditary liver amyloidosis (which can lead to liver failure), and dilated cardiomyopathy (a condition that reduces the heart’s ability to contract), bladder stones and mast cell cancer.

  • The oriental longhair fur is actually only of medium length.
  • Oriental cats can live to be 15 years of age and older.
  • The oriental shorthair was first accepted for registration by the CFA in 1972.

Want to learn more about exotic cats? Read about Sphynx cats, Persian cats and Bengal cats.