Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair
Oriental Shorthair

In the years, 1910 and 1920 in Britain, the Siamese cat was very popular. It was the center of attraction because of the unusual color restriction. Because of this coloring, breeders decided that all solid colors should be excluded from this breed.

The first solid color Siamese cats were named as “foreign shorthair”. These cats, which had multiple colors and patterns, are now known under the breed name Oriental.

The Oriental is actually a Siamese cat with different coat color. You can see some oriental cats that carry the color restricted pattern of the Siamese, but they are still considered Orientals.

Over some time, Orientals produced some longhair kittens. These are now recognized as a separate breed called the Oriental longhair. The Oriental longhairs are very less as compared to Oriental short hair.


The Oriental is a sleek, beautiful cat with large, flaring ears and almond-shaped eyes, often associated with the Siamese breeds.

This cat looks every inch the feline athlete, With their long, lean, graceful bodies and extraordinarily long necks. As compared to other cats their ears are very large. Oriental Shorthairs cats have a short and glossy coat, while Oriental Longhairs have a semi-long coat.

Coat Length: Shorthair, Longhair

Age Expectancy: 8-15 years

Size: Male: 7 to 10 pounds, Female: 5 to 8 pounds


This cat is not only beautiful but also is highly intelligent. The Oriental is an affectionate cat and requires her parent to be as dedicated to her as she is to her parent. The parent must be affectionate to the Oriental and must spend some time spent playing with her. Orientals also enjoy being around children, other cats, and even dogs.

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food.

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: The Oriental Shorthair is a shorthaired breed that requires only regular brushing to maintain coat health and help control shedding. And the Oriental Longhair does not have a wooly undercoat, it also needs only regular brushing to keep shedding to a minimum.

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