Oriental Breed Information

The Oriental loves to play and interact with people. They especially enjoy a game of fetch!

You are likely to receive a lot of chatter from an Oriental, and they often love to be where you are telling you about their day. You’ll find them snuggled up on your lap or perched on a high spot in the room, so providing them with a cat tree will enable them to perch high safely.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their cat develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Orientals are prone to include:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy – a genetic eye problem which causes progressive blindness. Genetic tests are available to check for the disease.

We’d recommend discussing the medical history of your potential kitten’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a cat with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

Coat care:

Although they have short fur and don’t require frequent grooming for care reasons, they may associate brushing with affection and enjoy being groomed

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your Oriental Cat with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Oriental Cats that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  1. Dog and cat insurance policies from 8 weeks of age.
  2. 24/7 veterinary advice online or over the phone with Petcall.
  3. Manage your policy online with the PDSA Insure Hub.
  4. Monthly payment at no extra cost.

By insuring your Oriental Cat with PDSA Pet Insurance you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.

Energy levels
Overall grooming needs
Compatibility with other pets
Tendency to vocalise
Lap cat
Tendency to climb jump
Average lifespan 12-15 years
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Progressive retinal atrophy
Average purchase cost £375
Estimated cost over lifetime £13,600-£16,000
Average weight 4.6kg
Breed group Oriental

Not sure if the Oriental is the right pet for you?