About Oriental Cats.
When describing the Oriental Cat the first thing that I always want to say is that these are beautiful cats and are the closely related cousins of the Siamese. When Siamese Cats were imported to the UK from Thailand in the 1880′s both the Self and Pointed varieties were imported and through selective breeding the Pointed variety became the norm. Many believe the Non Pointed version, though since cross bred with many breeds such as the Russian Blue and also the common Moggy, are in fact what we now refer to as the Oriental though they only began to reach recognition as a breed in their own right in the 1950′s.
Oriental Cats have the Siamese as their closest ancestor and you will often find that they are bred alongside each other and compliment each other very well. Some would argue that in fact they are actually the same breed of cat separated only by the appearance of the Pointed coat pattern and the blue eyes of the Siamese as opposed to the green eyed and Non Pointed coats of the Oriental. An Oriental Cat when bred with a Siamese can produce a mixed litter of both Siamese and Orientals in the same litter and this is in fact an established breeding practice.
So what does an Oriental Cat look like?
Oriental Cats are a green eyed cat that can be both long or shorthaired and come in a variety of colours and patterns. Like the Siamese they have large ears, long faces, long legs, body and tail. The basic patterns are divided into Selfs and Non Selfs with both these patterns having in turn their own varieties and coat length variations. Oriental Cats can be divided into three distinct varieties which are Selfs, Non-Selfs and Longhair.
Below are some photos of Selfs in the more popular colours and also examples of the three Non-Self patterns and also an Oriental Longhair for good measure.
Things to consider when thinking about a Oriental Cat as a pet.
Orientals Cats are very intelligent and require a lot of stimulation. This is fantastic if this is what you want in your pet but less so if you are looking for a much less demanding and a more sedate feline companion. Oriental Cats are also very vocal and love to talk to you, or should I say love to tell you want they want you to do! This is not a trait admired by everyone and if you prefer your cats to be less in your face and demanding then perhaps Orientals are not for you.
Oriental Cats love both human and feline company and do seem to fare better in pairs than on their own. They thrive equally well accompanied by a Siamese or a Burmese partner in crime. They will live happily with other breeds but do seem to get more stimulation from breeds with similar temperaments. If you are out at work for more than a few hours a day then it is recommended to have company for your Oriental Cat due to their high level of intelligence the fact they are easily found getting up to mischief if bored!
To summarize the Oriental Cat Breed Profile it would be fair to say Oriental Cats are the ideal pet if you are looking for a highly intelligent cat with boundless energy that whilst quite capable of coping without human company does actually seem to thrive on it.
If you are looking for a far less energetic pet that has that ‘I can take you or leave you’ attitude and perhaps the sort of cat that you have to nudge occasionally to make sure they are actually still breathing then an Oriental Cat is not for you!
So do you think an Oriental Cat is the breed for you??