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
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 58 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