The Oriental Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the Siamese. It maintains the modern Siamese head and body type but appears in a wide range of coat colours and patterns. Like the Siamese, Orientals have almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, and an elongated, slender, and muscular body.
Orientals are social, intelligent, and many are rather vocal.
Orientals have almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, and an elongated, slender, and muscular body.
More About The Oriental
The Oriental is best described as a colour remake of the original “black and white” Siamese. The breed was developed using Siamese as the foundation breed and then crossing them with other breeds.
Orientals are social, intelligent, and many are rather vocal. They often remain playful into adulthood, with many enjoying playing fetch. The Siamese and the Oriental might differ in colour, but beneath the skin they are identical. They have a muscular body with long lines and a wedge-shaped head that is long and tapering from the narrow point of the nose outward to the tips of the ears, forming a triangle. The unusually large ears are wide at the base and pointed at the tip, giving them the same triangular shape as the head. Medium-size eyes are almond-shaped and Orientals are usually green-eyed.
The body is often described as tubular and is supported by long, slim legs, with the hind legs higher than the front legs. The Oriental walks on small, dainty, oval paws and swishes a long, thin tail that tapers to a fine point. Oriental Longhairs have a medium-length coat that is fine and silky. It is longest on the plumed tail. Often nicknamed “Ornamentals” because of their extensive colour palette, Orientals come in more colours and patterns than any other breed.
The short coat of the Oriental does not mat or tangle and is easy to groom. Comb it every couple of weeks with a stainless steel comb or soft bristle brush to remove dead hair, then polish it with a soft cloth to make it shine.
The Oriental is a healthy breed with very few health issues.
- Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease.
- Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.
- Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection.
- Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50 – 50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.