Oriental Cats & Oriental Cat Breeders

Orientals are long, slender, stylised cats. They are lively, talkative and intelligent and are very attached to their people. All of the members of this breed group have the same physical standard. What makes the Oriental Shorthair distinct from the rest of the Siamese group is their wide array of colours. The Havana, Oriental Lilac and Foreign White were the first of the Oriental breeds to be recognised.


Oriental Shorthairs are a very lively, elegant and colourful cat, in every sense. These are not cats for people who want to live a quite life but they are wonderful for people who want an interactive and amusing pet and a truly devoted companion.


The Oriental Longhair (formerly known as the Angora, and also known as the Javanese in some countries), is the longhaired version of the Oriental Shorthair just as the Balinese is the longhaired version of the Siamese. Alternatively, it could be considered to be the full coloured version of the Balinese in the same way as the Oriental Shorthair is the full coloured equivalent of the Siamese. The Oriental Longhair has a semi-long coat which drapes over the elegant body. The tail should be plume-like and the ears may be tufted.


Oriental cats - Personality

Orientals, like the entire Siamese breed group, are lively, intelligent, sociable cats who love to play. Many of them are fetchers, returning their favourite fetch toy tirelessly to the hands of their human. They can amuse themselves for hours with an empty cardboard box. They do not grow out of their love of play, remaining kitten-like all their lives. No cupboard or high shelf is safe from these inquisitive, high-jumping cats. Many Orientals are talkative cats, telling you about their whole day and commenting on what you are doing. They have strong and distinctive personalities. Do not let their fine bones and slender appearance fool you! They are athletic and confident and are built like runners or dancers.


They hold their own against much larger cats and dogs, often ruling the roost. In general, an Oriental does not do well as an only cat. They do well with children, other cats, dogs, and lots of activity and commotion. They love attention and like to snuggle and sleep in a heap with their companions or under the covers with you.

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The overall impression of these cats is that they are elegant, slender and graceful; they are long and lean and are natural athletes with a surprising weight of muscle on their narrow frame. They are generally not large cats, though they are long and tall. This domestic cat is low maintenance in the grooming department.

Obviously, like any longhaired cat, the Oriental Longhair will require regular grooming although their silky and fine coat will not tangle or mat and so just needs a gentle comb-through.

The average weight of the Oriental Shorthair is between 8 and 14 lbs and they have a long life expectancy of between 12 to 15 years.


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Oriental cats - Health

Although most Oriental Longhairs live long and healthy lives, there are a number of disorders that seem to be associated with the Oriental family – those similar to the Siamese as they are closely related. Flat chested kitten syndrome has been seen in Orientals.


An eye problem called progressive retinal atrophy, which causes progressive blindness, has also been identified in this breed. Fortunately, reliable DNA tests are available and prospective owners should ask breeders if their cats have been tested and are clear of the problem.


Hepatic Amyloidosis refers to the deposition of amyloid in the liver. Familial amyloidosis has been described in certain breeds of cats, including the Oriental.

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Registered Oriental Breeders

ASTROHENNA Cattery - Tonkinese, Orientals,Siamese and Burmese Cat Breeder - Albury/Wodonga
We are a small Cattery located in Albury/Wodonga. Pin pointed in the middle of Melbourne and Sydney makes it a puurrfect location. Transportation can ... read more
Bajimbi Cats - Burmese, Oriental, Siamese, Ragdoll Breeder - Sydney, NSW
Bajimbi is one of the longest established catteries in Australia. Bajimbi Cats are well known all over Australia and around the world for having won ... read more
Barradene Breeding Cattery

At Barradene we have been ... read more
Carbonel Siamese & Oriental Cats - Penna, TAS
We are a small boutique cattery showing national winning cats and breeding for quality and type. Our queens are grand champions and ours sires are ... read more
Chicas Cattery - Siamese and Oriental Cats - Perth, WA
Sue Game, Registered Breeder with CatsWA and City of Gosnells. Some 40 years raising intelligent, mischievous, talkative, friendly Siamese and ... read more
Cindylin Siamese and Orientals - Siamese and Oriental Cat Breeder -Healesville, VIC
Breeding Siamese & Oriental Cats for health, temperament & type.

FELV & FIV negative.

Kittens lovingly house reared - inclined to be ... read more
Hareem Oriental Cattery - Siamese and Oriental Breeder - Kingaroy, QLD
Breeding quality Siamese and Oriental kittens. Please contact Jan with any enquiries. read more
Hottotrot Tonkinese Siamese and Orientals - Albury, NSW
We are now in albury but still take our kittens to airport west for pick up covid permitting or happily send interstate.
We have been breeding ... read more
Littlebell Cattery - Tonkinese, Burmese, Orientals - Berry, NSW
Welcome to Littlebell Cattery. We are a small cattery in the beautiful town of Berry, NSW and we take pride in our healthy, gorgeous and affectionate ... read more
Pitica's Creche Siamese & Oriental Cat Breeder
Haru had 6 kittens on 10th April 2024.
4 Chocolate Oriental boys and 2 Siamese Girls

Penny's kittens will be born end of April 2024

Pitica's Creche ... read more
Punchie Siamese and Orientals Wagga Wagga
Ive been breeding and showing Siamese and oriental cats for 8 for health and type. Kittens are raised in my home with my children. read more
Rislani Cats - Siamese,  Oriental & Foreign White Cat Breeder - Gippsland, VIC

Rislani is a small cattery based ... read more
Seki Cattery - Siamese and Oriental Cat Breeder - Adare, QLD
Registered breeders of pedigree Siamese and Oriental cats. Our cattery includes a range of colours in Siamese, Oriental and Spotted Oriental.  ... read more
Shimmeree Cats - Siamese and Oriental Breeder - Adelaide
Registered breeder of Siamese and Oriental kittens, in Adelaide SA. Shimmeree Cats specialises in temperment and type. read more
Startrill Siamese - Siamese and Oriental Shorthair Breeder - Perth
Startrill kittens are Pure Joy. They are healthy, happy, bred for conformation and have wonderful temperaments. We are a small home-based hobby ... read more
Vanwillow & Byanda - Turkish Van and Oriental Cat Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
House-reared Turkish Van, Oriental and Siamese kittens; vaccinated, weaned, litter-trained; detailed information kit supplied with every ... read more







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