Breed Of The Month Oriental Shorthair


The Oriental Shorthair was nicknamed the “honking cat” because of their unique meow that oddly sounds more like a geese’s honk than a cat’s meow!


Oriental shorthairs were created in the United Kingdom during WW2 in an attempt to preserve the Siamese breed.

British shorthairs, Russian blues, and Abyssinians were bred to the Siamese to continue the breed.

Naturally, many of the kittens were not born with the colorpoint pattern like the Siamese. These cats were classified as Oriental shorthairs.

The colorpoint kittens were used to further the Siamese breed.

Oriental shorthairs were imported to the USA during the 1970s and were given championship status by the CFA in 1977.

Later in 1995, the longhaired variation was also given championship status.


The breed has a long, lean body with a wedge-shaped head, large, wide-set ears, and a pair of almond-shaped eyes.

They are medium-sized cats that typically weigh between 6 to 12 lbs (3-5 kg.)

Oriental shorthairs have a short, fine coat that comes in most–if not all–colors and patterns known to the domestic cat species.


Oriental shorthairs are typically outgoing, energetic, playful, and sociable.

The breed is extremely vocal! They will hold entire conversations if you talk back to them!

Orientals are very affectionate and love cuddling with their favorite person. Take note that these cats require tons of attention and TLC and are best suited for households and individuals who spend most of their time at home.

The breed is very intelligent and easily trainable.

If properly introduced, they generally get along well with other cats, dogs, and children.


Oriental shorthairs are generally healthy, although they are susceptible to developing bladder stones, mast cell cancer, liver and kidney amyloidosis, and progressive retinal atrophy.

Keeping a close eye on your cat and their health is important. If you find that your cat is sick or hurt, it’s best to have them checked out by a trusted vet.


The breed has a short coat that doesn’t shed much and only requires an occasional grooming session.

Cats’ teeth should be brushed daily, their claws trimmed every 2-3 weeks, and their ears gently cleaned when dirty.

Oriental shorthairs are very energetic and daily exercise. This can be achieved by playing with their favorite person or fellow animal, which these cats love–as mentioned earlier. Your Oriental kitty may enjoy walking on a leash, playing fetch, learning tricks, and climbing on cat towers.

Worked Cited​

“Oriental Shorthair Cat Breed Information,” Purina, War 2, cats,Oriental Short and Long Hair.

Puisis, Erica, “Oriental Shorthair: Breed Profile, Characteristics & Care,” The Spruce Pets,

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Staff member
Mar 19, 2021
Wow, had no idea the siamese breed needed preservation. Keep up the great articles!