Oriental | Cat Breed Guide

Oriental | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

If you’re looking for a cat playful enough to wear you out during the day, but snuggly enough to cozy up in bed with you at night, look no further than the Oriental. Perfect for families and multi-pet homes, the Oriental is a friendly and clever breed ideal for those ready to make a cat commitment. 

Weight: 6-12 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 8-12 years

Temperament: intelligent, affectionate, excitable, social 

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History and Personality

A more colorful relative of the Siamese cat is the Oriental cat which was bred in Britain after World War II to broaden the Siamese gene pool. Because Oriental cats are a variety of Siamese cats bred with other short and long-haired cats, there is genuine variety in their looks. Oriental cats have over 300 varieties! 

Oriental cats are a highly intelligent breed. They’re quick to be trained, though that doesn’t mean you can train them to do whatever you want. They’re highly opinionated as well. Because of their overactive brains, Oriental cats do best when given shiny or interesting toys to play with and keep their minds busy. 

Their intelligence is only matched by their affection. This is a breed that wants to show you love and wants you to show it right back. Whether nuzzling up for a cuddle on the sofa or simply sharing a bed with you, Oriental cats are incredibly social. If you’re quick to be annoyed by a particularly needy or chatty cat, an Oriental cat is not the cat for you. These particularly vocal cats don’t do well with being left alone or left unstimulated. 

Because of their friendly and clever nature, Oriental cats are a great fit for families with children. They’re highly adaptable and able to adjust to new environments, other people, and even dogs or other cats. Their loyal affection is a commitment though. Oriental cats become deeply attached to their humans, so make sure you’re ready for a (wonderful) life together before making the decision to home an Oriental cat.


Oriental cats have a variety of hair lengths, but they’re all prone to moderate or high shedding. Be prepared to brush them regularly to dissuade some shedding as well as to prevent tangling on any longer-haired variety. Regular teeth brushing, ideally weekly, can help prevent dental disease. Oriental cats do best when kept indoors. 

Health Concerns

  • Amyloidosis, a disease that can affect the liver of cats in the Siamese family
  • Asthma/lung disease
  • Heart defects
  • Crossed eyes
  • Lymphoma
  • Neurological disorders, such as nystagmus or progressive retinal atrophy 

So long as you take good care of your Oriental cat from a young age, you can expect them to live a long, happy, and healthy life. This breed can be vocal when they are experiencing pain or discomfort, but don’t rely on them to always tell you what’s wrong. Keeping up with annual vet checks can help catch health concerns early.