In the wild, oversized ears serve important functions for animals’ survival. For instance, feline ears act like satellite dishes, helping wild cats detect the tiniest sounds while hunting. Most domesticated cats use their impressive ears to listen for their favorite people coming home, the crinkle of a treat bag, or the jingle of a toy.
With bat-like ears and lean, mean bodies, these striking cats are truly unique in appearance. For those who may not be familiar with this awesome cat breed, the Oriental Shorthair is a favorite among many cat lovers.
The personality of the Oriental is as distinctive as the multicolored exterior. They are natural entertainers, full of enthusiasm, energy, and the belief that the world should revolve around them. Haughty and royal one minute, they are animated and inquisitive the next. They are highly curious and will go to great lengths to be involved in your activities. This is not the breed for you if you work all day and have an active nightlife. The Oriental shouldn’t be left alone for long periods and need other cats as playmates and company for those times you can’t be with them. The Oriental craves attention; this breed needs quality time with their preferred persons. They have a real need for play and retain that need well into adulthood. It’s wise to have lots of toys for your Oriental, or they will create their own, sometimes out of household items you’d rather they didn’t.
The Oriental Shorthair is often included on lists of cat breeds that are ‘hypoallergenic.’ While no breed of cat is truly hypoallergenic, this breed does produce less of the Fel D1 protein that is responsible for triggering cat allergies. Fun fact: An Oriental Shorthair can become jealous or even territorial with their human companion.
It may be hard to decide which cat breed is head of the class due to stipulations in each breed, but many reports that the Oriental Shorthair is among the smartest (if not the smartest) of all cat breeds. These intelligent cats enjoy interaction, stimulation, playtime, and are naturally inquisitive by nature even more so than your typical cat.
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These rainbow cats come in every pattern and color you could possibly imagine, at almost 300 combos to be exact. Some have stripes, others are solid, but all true Orientals share the same angular face, large expressive eyes, tall pharaoh-like ears, and limber lengthy bodies. Despite the unique colors, there is no mistaking an Oriental Shorthair for any other breed given their distinctive appearance. Fun fact: The Oriental Shorthair is a result of man-made crossbreeding between the Siamese, Abyssinian, and the Russian Blue.
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For anyone that owns an Oriental Shorthair, they will agree that these cats make no bones about conversing and grabbing your undivided attention. If you are wanting a cat that yearns to be near you, keeps you guessing, and is devoted to being your loyal companion, look no further than the Oriental Shorthair.
These Kittens Have Such Big, Floppy Ears That They Look Like Adorable Bats
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Parents can tell when the Oriental gains weight. Oriental cats show a pot belly even after indulging in one day of overeating. The nutrition must be carefully controlled for this breed. The long, slim legs are not made to hold a fat body.
Orientals are great jumpers and love heights. For this reason, perches and cat trees should be provided. Oriental cats love to play and appreciate toys around the house for their pleasure. While the coat needs little care, the Oriental Shorthair associates brushing with affection and will enjoy being groomed.
As elegant as the Oriental looks, she can be quite a lap cat. She is extremely affectionate and will sleep next to her parent in bed.
Considered an excellent pet, the Oriental Shorthair is outgoing and fun to interact and observe. They are gregarious by nature, and unlike many other breeds of cat, can become withdrawn when left alone for extended periods.
I mean, if you’d tell me this is a picture of a bat, I’d totally believe you
In the 1910s and 1920s in Britain, the Siamese cat was extremely popular. Part of the attraction was the unusual color restriction or pointing. Because of this coloring, breeders determined that all solid colors should be excluded from this breed. The name “foreign shorthair” was given to the first solid color Siamese cats. These cats, which had a myriad of colors and patterns, are now known under the breed name Oriental.
The Oriental is essentially a Siamese cat with different coat color. A breeding program of Orientals may produce some cats that carry the color restricted pattern of the Siamese, but they are still considered Orientals.
Over time Orientals produced some longhair kittens. These are now recognized as a separate breed called the Oriental longhair. The Oriental longhairs are much less common than are Orientals with short hair.
The Oriental was introduced to the United States in the 1970s and quickly gained championship status from the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1977. Initially, the breed was only a short-haired variety, but further crossbreeding in the United States led to both the Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair breed varieties. The Oriental Longhair received championship status from the CFA in 1995.