Oriental Shorthair Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Oriental is the result of crossing Siamese with British Shorthairs, Abyssinians, and Russian Blues. They are sometimes called non-pointed Siamese and have a very similar body and voice as Siamese.

Oriental Appearance: 

Oriental cats are medium sized cats weighing 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.5 kg). They are lithe, athletic with long slim heads and large pointed ears. Orientals come in both shorthair and longhair versions. Reputedly they come in over 300 colors and pattern combinations, except pointed. 

Unlike the Siamese, Orientals have green eyes commonly but other colors are possible including odd colored eyes, where one eye is a different color than the other. The Oriental has small dainty paws that makes them look like they are walking on their tip toes. 

Oriental cats have a lifespan of 10-15 years.

Oriental Temperament: 

Oriental cats are highly active, play fetch, love to play with puzzle toys, and will take a walk on leash. This cat will follow you around the house, or sit on your shoulders as you move about the house. They have almost identical personalities as Siamese.

This is a cat that wants a lot of attention and does not do well if left alone for long periods of time or ignored. It often makes sense to have a pair of Orientals to keep each other company while you are away. These cats attach strongly to one person and often do not do well if they are required to move to a new home. 

Orientals are highly vocal cats that will talk to you constantly in a loud, raspy voice. They will want to be in your lap and in your bed under the covers at night. 

Other: This breed is recognized by all major organizations.
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