The Oriental cat originated from the Siamese cat, which was originally introduced from Thailand. The Oriental cat breed can be divided into shorthair and longhair varieties. Characteristics of the Oriental include a slim, slender and graceful body. The head is triangular shaped with huge ears. Its eyes are almond shaped and slanted, thus giving it the Oriental look. Eye color is normally green. The Oriental cat can be found in about any conceivable cat color combination. The main color groups include solid, shaded, smoke, parti color and tabby pattern. Despite its misleading fragile look and built, the Oriental cat is surprisingly muscular and solid.
Because the Oriental cat is essentially a Siamese variant, its personality is also very similar to the Siamese cat. Oriental cats are curious to the maximum and take a keen interest in everything their owners do. They are extremely playful and love all kinds of toys and stimulation. It is the ideal pet for a household that already contains pets, because Oriental cats can adapt easily and are very friendly towards other cats and even dogs.
The Oriental shorthair does not need a lot of grooming, a brushing a week should be sufficient. For such a graceful body type, they have large appetites and their meals should be varied with different meat and diary types as well as bones. The Oriental cat is a healthy, active cat and will be the ideal and loyal companion of anyone prepared to give it its share of attention.