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Basic Oriental Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 7 - 12 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Oriental

Oriental Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Oriental History

  • The breed's beginnings can be traced back to a baroness named von Ullman of Roofspringer Cattery in England. In 1950, she crossed a seal point Siamese with a Russian Blue. Several generations later produced the Oriental, a new breed with a Siamese body, but sporting a solid, rich, chestnut color.
  • In the United States, this breed was originally called the Foreign Shorthair. The name was changed to Oriental Shorthair at a meeting of breeders in New York City in the early 1970s.
  • Earned championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1977.

Oriental Behavior Concerns

  • Smart and social cats who enjoy close friendships with their favorite people.
  • Extremely outgoing, a feline extrovert.
  • Makes no apologies for being active or even rowdy.
  • Highly talkative and demanding.
  • Enjoys perching on high places, even on top of refrigerators or doors.
  • Benefits by being paired with another Oriental or breed equal in energy and intelligence.
  • Needs regular exercise to prevent from becoming bored and destructive.

Look of Orientals

  • Identified by its triangle-shaped head, almond-shaped, expressive eyes that slant upward, a sleek, tubular body and whippy tail.
  • Eye colors can be green, blue, or even odd (one blue and one green).
  • Resemble a feline version of a Greyhound or Chihuahua in color.
  • Comes in short and long length coats.
  • Short coat lies close to the body and feels silky to the touch.
  • Features a full color palette, the Oriental comes in more than 300 colors and patterns.

Grooming Oriental Cats

  • Easy-to-care-for coat can be kept looking its best by occasionally running a rubber cat brush through it.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Orientals

  • Usually can be free fed because they are so active and burn off excess calories.
  • Rarely at risk for being overweight.

Fun Facts of Orientals

  • By definition, Oriental Longhair is due to the presence of a pair of recessive longhair genes.
  • Orientals are deceptively muscular and they appear lighter than they actually are.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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General Practice

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

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Emergency Care

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