Oriental Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Oriental Cat

The Oriental Cat is neither more nor less a fully colored Siamese. It gets most of its behavioral characteristics from it. It’s talkative, but very gentle and tender, although Its character may vary. It’s also stubborn and capricious. Its maintenance is almost absent and Its health excellent.

History of the breed

The Oriental Cat is a fully colored Siamese. No more no less. But, for a very long time, It remained in the shadow of Its cousin. Imported, to Britain, at the end of the 19th century, thanks to English diplomats who brought it back in their luggage.

But the Oriental had little luck against the Siamese. At least until the 1950s. At that time, a British breeder named Pat Turner set about creating a Siamese with an all-chocolate robe. Its name: Havana. Then she set out on a quest to create a white Siamese. It is from this moment that the Orientais were created.

Physical features

  • Its body: Unsurprisingly, the Oriental has a body of the… oriental type! That is to say, a body that is at the same time long, tubular, and firm. It is of fairly medium size and is meant to be dense when handled. Its muscles are supple, firm and you can feel an athletic body when you take hold of It. It has a fine frame.
  • Its coat: The Oriental has a very short coat, which differentiates it from the Mandarin. This dress is tight, lustrous and the hairs are lying on the body. We feel a fine and silky texture, according to the standard. It is very noticeable to the touch.
  • Its color: The Oriental standard only accepts a colorful cat and especially not colourpoint, which is reserved for Mandarin and Siamese, sepia, and mink. All colors are therefore allowed. Note that tabby marks are tolerated on the flanks in kittens and young adults.
  • Its head: The Oriental has a triangular head, medium in size, and quite long. Note a forehead and a slightly rounded skull. Jowls are allowed in males. The nose has no pinch and the chin is firm.
  • Its eyes: They are medium in size and almond-shaped, tilted towards the nose. Their color is the most intense green possible in the Oriental. Odd (and blue) eyes are accepted in particolor, as well as in white Orientals.
  • Its ears: The ears of the Oriental are large in size, wide at their base, and well-spaced. They fit perfectly into the triangle of the head.
  • Its tail: In the Oriental, it is rather long, thin, and ends in a point. It is shaped like a whip.

Behavior and Character

The character of the Oriental cat is no different from that of the Siamese. Or very little in any case. So, if you like Siamese, you’ll love the Oriental. And vice versa. It is a very possessive cat and therefore very attached to its owner.

It’s intelligent and particularly independent, even if It does not like solitude. It has a cat-dog behavior since It does not hesitate to follow Its owner everywhere.

It can be temperamental. But if all the conditions for Its development are met, then It will be tender and particularly talkative. It can also be off-putting. It does not necessarily accept authority because It feels It’s able to stand up to everyone. Stubborn, therefore, at times as well.

Living Conditions

An apartment or a house, it doesn’t matter. The Oriental is not a demanding cat when it comes to space. It just needs space to express Itself, to exercise, and to feel happy. It will only flourish with the presence of its master at its side.

For the rest, it is advisable to provide It with all the accessories necessary for Its well-being. It likes to gain height, to explore Its environment. It also appreciates warm corners, near a fireplace or heating.

Health & Maintenance

The Oriental does not have any particular health problems. We could possibly speak of certain urinary disorders, as in the Siamese. In fact, it should be given to drink regularly.

On the side of Its heredity, some heart, liver, and pulmonary pathologies can strike It. It is not unique to all Orientals. In addition, it is necessary to have it vaccinated against rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.

Note that because of its very short coat, it is a little chilly and does not appreciate winter temperatures.

Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes

The life expectancy of an Oriental is between 19 and 21 years

The Oriental only requires minimalist maintenance, due to its extremely short coat. Caresses are enough to remove dead hair. Brush it once every 15 days, without using too much force to avoid damaging its coat.

Only regular brushing, but not too much, is recommended. Otherwise, it’s a cat that has no special needs. Its master can always check Its eyes and ears from time to time, in order to avoid any infection, especially during winter.

The Oriental is a gourmand who does not hesitate to eat whatever It finds. We must not let It have that possibility. Favor food that promotes good digestion, because it has a fragile stomach. Meat, fresh vegetables, and starchy foods are recommended.


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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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