The Oriental Shorthair is a Siamese hybrid that was first developed in England during the 20th century. They resemble the Siamese in appearance, but come in a range of color patterns and varieties. They have a long, slender flexible body with large ears and almond-shaped eyes. Oriental Shorthairs love being the center of attention, and can become sensitive if ignored. They are curious, chatty, creatures who are also well known for their athletic abilities.
Common Health Conditions
- Because of the Oriental cat's wedge-shaped head, they are more prone to common respiratory infections, that can cause coughing and difficulty breathing.
- Dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all cats by age two. Unfortunately, your Oriental Shorthair is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth.
- A mast cell tumor (MCT) is a type of tumor consisting of mast cells. Mast cell tumors can cause cancerous masses on the skin or vital organs, and cause enlargement of the spleen and intestine.