Routine Care: Orientals need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desires to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily.
Grooming: Longhaired Orientals have long hair that need brushing daily. However, Shorthaired Orientals have a low maintenance short coat that you can brush as need, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: Orientals have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Orientals try their best to communicate with you and they crave your constant attention.
May meow constantly to get your attention
Very talkative, has an opinion about everything
May want to constantly be involved in your activities
People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time
Whether you are considering adding a new Oriental to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Oriental will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Oriental you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues an Oriental could encounter:
Mast Cell Tumors
Small Intestinal Adenocarcinoma
The Oriental is a Siamese hybrid first developed in England during the 1950s. They are similar in body type to the Siamese and have over 300 different color and pattern combinations. Orientals develop close bonds with their owners. If they are left alone for long periods, they may show signs of depression. Curious and intelligent, Orientals will go to great lengths to be involved in your activities. They are more soft spoken than the Siamese, but this cat loves to chat and will happily carry on a “conversation” with you.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Oriental shows signs of the following:
Vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite or weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy
Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen