The Oriental is a distinct cat breed that was first introduced into the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1977, with the short haired breed. In 1995, the long haired Oriental was introduced. The Oriental has been called the “Siamese without its points”. They are very similar in structure to the Siamese, but possess a few characteristics that are all their own.
They are a very loving and attentive breed. They will bond very closely to their owner, and strive to be included in every part of your life. It’s not uncommon for them to meet you at the door, or even to express their disappointment that you come home late. They are playful and very intelligent cats. They’re very happy to push around a crumpled up piece of paper, or a ball for hours. And don’t be surprised to find them perched on the sink “helping” you to wash the dishes. They just want terribly to be included in every aspect. They are playful and high spirited from beginning to end. Even older cats of the Oriental breed are just as playful as they were when they were kittens.
The Oriental has a body much like the Siamese. They are slender and long, with long legs and a long tail. The head is wedge shaped with long ears and they possess the Siamese trait of large almond shaped eyes.
They Oriental can be found in many colors and color patterns. Solid colors are black, blue, or white, and color patterns include tabby, among many others. Their eye colors vary according to their coat color, and white Orientals can usually be found to have blue eyes, or even one blue and one green eye.
Grooming is easy, especially for short haired Orientals. Even longhairs are easy to maintain. Just a routine brushing to remove shedding, and the hair is not prone to matting.
Orientals are beautiful, affectionate, and inquisitive cats. They love spending time with you and will keep you on your toes. They are curious, and love to go off exploring. They are not prone to any notable health problems.
So, if you’re looking for an addition to your family that is loveable, gentle, and will bring a smile to your face, then an Oriental may be right up your alley. Their gentle disposition and fierce loyalty have won many hearts, and they are a wonderful, easy to care for pet, whose only requirement is to love and to be loved in return.