Exotic, attentive, and affectionate, the Oriental Shorthair is the Siamese’s more colorful cousin. They share the Siamese’s intense love of family, and you will never find a more steadfast companion than the Oriental Shorthair. Those who desire a more independent companion will find the Oriental Shorthair clingy and needy. This is not a cat to sit quietly in the corner until you are ready to give them some attention. In point of fact, this is not a cat to sit quietly: they share the Siamese’s gift of gab!
The Oriental Shorthair, and their wide array of colors and patterns, is naturally occurring. The gene which gives the Siamese their distinct colorpoint patterning is recessive, so in their native Thailand many Siamese type cats were born with non-pointed coats. The breeds were established separately so that the recessive colorpoint gene could be bred more consistently to achieve specific Siamese coloration.
Appearance / health:
The Oriental Shorthair is a cat with the Siamese body-type: a long, lean, muscular body, with long legs, a long, tapering tail, and a fine, almost delicate bone structure. The head of the Oriental Shorthair is distinctly wedge-shaped, broad at eye-level with a narrow chin. The face is much longer than it is wide, with a long, flat muzzle. When seen in profile, the Oriental Shorthair’s nose creates one long, unbroken line from forehead to nose tip, absent of any curvature. The ears are quite large and sit slightly to the side of the head, broad at the base and narrowing to a rounded tip. The eyes are distinctly almond-shaped, slanted, and unlike their blue-eyed Siamese forbearers, usually green.
Their short, sleek coat lies close to the body, emphasizing their slim frame. Coat color is where the Oriental Shorthair differentiates itself from the other Oriental-type breeds. While the Siamese and Colourpoint have distinct, darkly color points, the Oriental Shorthair may come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including solids, tabbies, tortoiseshells, silvers, smokes, and parti-colors. The range of colors encompasses all possible natural shades.
Unfortunately the Oriental Shorthair is prone to the same health issues as the Siamese. Amyloidosis, a disease that primarily affects the liver, is common in all members of the Siamese family. They also have a higher-than-average tendency towards heart disease. They may have eye troubles which range from minor cross-eyes to progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to blindness. For this reason, it’s important to do your research and choose Oriental Shorthairs from reputable and responsible breeders.
Behavior / temperament:
Oriental Shorthairs are extremely loyal and devoted to their families. They are incredibly affectionate and interactive, and they will be happiest if they can involve themselves in everything that you do. You’ll never be alone when living with an Oriental Shorthair so this is not a cat for an owner who needs privacy and independence from their cat, or silence. A Siamese of any other name will still ,er, sound as sweet: the Oriental Shorthair is a loud and enthusiastic conversationalist. They voice their pleasure, displeasure, and satisfaction with equal volume.
Oriental Shorthairs are dynamic, intelligent, playful, and active. You can expect them to explore every last nook and cranny of the house, and they’ll thoroughly inspect every shopping bag that enters the home. They’re athletic cats and enjoy finding high spaces to watch from. Their cleverness means they may enjoy puzzle toys, or even learning tricks.
Your Oriental Shorthair will make sure you never feel unloved or unwanted, and you should strive to make your Oriental Shorthair feel the same. This is a breed that will become despondent if neglected or left alone for long periods of time. They enjoy an active household and appreciate the fun and attention that children can bring. They get along well with other pets, particularly other cats, and enjoy having a companion to cuddle up to when you’re not available.
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The Dog Lover's Cat
I have always owned a Siamese breed. The biggest complaints people have about cats is their aloofness. While a Siamese is aloof with strangers, they are clingy and loving with their own special humans.
I had a seal point Siamese of my own when someone moving asked me to watch their oriental while they moved. She never came back for him and he lived with us until he died. That's how I got the oriental "bug". Its a Siamese with colors.
Like all Siamese they are perfidious, overly clean, neat, and pristine. Mine was trained to use a toilet--woohoo.
Depending on what you like this can be a plus or minus, I see them as positives:
1. They must sleep with you.
2. They will YEOW you loudly when you come home each day so that you know you should never have left.
3. They will YEOW you for food.
4. They will YEOW you for attention.
5. They will guard you with their lives (mine killed a snake in the strawberry patch when I took him out to play while I gardened and the snake was behind me).
6. They will love you like no other cat
Basically, if you want a clingy animal that is also beautiful to look at and requires zero fur maintenance aside from a wipe with a damp cloth to get off excess fur and is intelligent enough to learn not to use a litter box, this is your cat..
From Zobert Mar 29 2015 7:12PM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
Lilith - The Loud One
Friends of mine decided to adopt a new kitten into their home and found a breeder who had an Oriental Shorthair Mix litter. Lilith lived with me for the first 3 weeks as they were still moving into their apartment and unfortunately, returned to me after 2 years due to irreconcilable differences with her owners.
She was a sweet, playful and happy kitten for sure when she first came to live with me. In a group of 5 cats, she managed to hold her own, and get accepted just fine - though many of them seemed to retreat when she was around.
Most kittens have a lot of energy, but even as a cat of 2 years old, she was...rather hyper. She loved being a part of anything that was going on in the house, and would demand all the attention of the object of her affection - be it feline or human.
Gorgeous to look at, the smoothest fur to pet and absolutely devoted to her human, she was a doll. Unfortunately, I have a strict 'no meowing' policy in my house - otherwise you go nuts with that many cats - and she was not having any of it.
This was the first time that I realised that you cannot train out certain behaviours. Some behaviours are just... genetic. I honestly was happy to see her go after her initial 3 weeks - and was worried about how her new owners would take to her.
They themselves were rather unexperienced with cats and while they tried for 2 years, with my advice, they ultimately decided she wasn't the right fit for them. They asked me to re-home her. Unfortunately, she had picked up some unwanted behaviours on the way, so I ended up retraining her to channel her meowing and playfulness to fit a human schedule instead of a feline one. She'd meow and play with the other cat under and on the bed during the night and would whine non-stop at the door if they locked her out. Understandable, as they both worked full-time an were often too tired to truly play with her and give her the attention she clearly needed to settle down for the night. It's no wonder that they eventually just caved, I suppose.
Luckily, my place provided more stimulation due to the extra cats there who had their own night life and could help tire her out and keep her company. She quickly learned that meowing at my door was no use. Once I managed to get her on the right schedule, the search for a new owner started.
I eventually found an owner who already had an Oriental and knew what they were getting into. They also had two kids who loved playing with their cats. Last I heard, she was utterly happy at her new home with her new family who thought the world of her.
While she would never be the right cat for me, it was not hard to see why they felt she was perfect. She had an amazing personality, was always upbeat and always interested in you and up for anything. She just needed the right environment to flourish into the beautiful kitty she became..
From ValaFaye Feb 6 2014 8:47AM