The Oriental cat is characterized by its long, elegant features, with an elongated body, neck, legs, and tail. Despite its medium size, it boasts a nicely muscled physique.


Size: Small – Medium
Weight: 3.6 – 5.4 kg
Coat Length: Short or Long (Longhair referred to as Javanese by some registering bodies)
Coat Colour: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon, Fawn, Red, Cream, Caramel, Tortoiseshell, Bi-Colour, Tri-Colour, Tabby, Ticked, Smoke, Silver, White
Eye Colour: Green, Odd-Eye (White Only)
Grooming: Low
Longevity: 8 – 12 years
Attention Needs: Moderate


History of the Breed

Originating in Britain during the 1910s and 1920s, the Oriental cat has its roots in the popularity of the Siamese cat. Initially termed “foreign shorthair” to exclude solid colour Siamese cats, Orientals emerged with various colours and patterns. Essentially a Siamese cat with a different coat colour, the Oriental cat may still carry Siamese colour patterns through breeding. Over time, longhair kittens led to the recognition of the Oriental longhair, a less common variant compared to its shorthair counterpart.


This feline breed exhibits extremes in its features, with a head forming a long triangle, tall ears continuing the triangular lines, and a long, straight nose. The legs and tail are slender and elongated, while almond-shaped eyes, typically bright green, define the Oriental’s facial expression. 


Known for both beauty and intelligence, the Oriental cat is trainable to walk on a lead. However, it retains its own desires, typical of highly intelligent breeds. Affectionate and playful, this cat requires a dedicated owner willing to spend quality time engaging in play.

Living With Oriental

Careful attention to nutrition is essential for Oriental cats, as they may show a pot belly even after a day of overeating. With long, slim legs not designed for a heavy body, weight control is crucial. Providing perches and cat trees is recommended due to their love for heights. While grooming needs are minimal, the Oriental Shorthair associates brushing with affection.