This exotic looking Oriental cat breed is indeed unique for the obvious reason. The loud and skinny cat is more than just about its look. We will find out the details here.
Oriental Cat History
You may find similar between this breed and Siamese and rightly so because the development involved this cat as its foundation. It can simply be said that the oriental is the color remake version of the Siamese. The history goes to Britain and how the practice of crossing gene pool of Siamese faced a retreat during World War II. You may find it different in patterns and colors and that is how traditional this breed looks. It has been crossed with other breeds for so many times and now there are 300 different colors and patterns of this oriental cat both non-pointed and pointed ones though some associations refuse to acknowledge the later.
Oriental Cat Size
This cat is classified as a medium sized breed. Commonly, they weigh around 5 to 10 pounds.
Oriental Cat Personality
Though visually Siamese and oriental is not the same, but in personality, these breeds are just the same. Both are opinionated and quite talkative. They will not hesitate to say their needs and show off their loud voice to tell you what they want. They will demand your attention and love to follow you a lot. They love their people and need your love as well. They cannot be left alone for long and should be involved in the family activity. Oriental is also very intelligent, active, agile and playful. They get curious about things and they crave of entertainments and will find things to enjoy themselves with.
Oriental Cat Health
As far as their health is concerned, this cat is susceptible to some health problems that may be affected by their genetic.
- Asthma/bronchial disease
- Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis
- Crossed eyes
- Gastrointestinal conditions such as megaesophagus
- Hyperesthesia syndrome
- Progressive retinal atrophy
Oriental Cat Care and Grooming
To take care of this cat is pretty easy. You just need to comb it every couple of weeks and polish their coat using a cloth to make it look shiny and silky. Their teeth should be cleaned daily but if you cannot do it, once a week is fine. The corners of their eyes should be wiped clean using the damp cloth and so are their ears. You may use a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water if they are too dirty. Clean their litter box from time to time since this cat is very particular about their cleanness. This breed should be kept indoors since they are too weak in the world out there.
Oriental Cat Coat and Colors
The only different trait of this breed and the Siamese is their color and pattern. This cat is svelte and long. The unique parts are their ears, which resemble a triangle. This cat is quite dainty and graceful with the way they walk with their long and slim legs. Their coat is not so long and not so short and it is very silky and smooth. They come in palette tones that are why people call them Ornamentals. The coat colors and patterns include solid, shaded, smoke, parti-color, bi-color and tabby. Commonly their eyes come in colors like blue, green, or odd (one blue and one green) but it depends on their coat colors.