Similar to the Siamese in body type and personality, Orientals do not, however, share the characteristic Siamese coloring. They are slender yet hearty and are generally of a solid color or tabby-patterned in a variety of colors for both the shorthair and longhair varieties. The Oriental will remain loyal throughout its life and deserves no less from its human companion.
Many breeders recommend not bathing show cats. Many Orientals enjoy an occasional brushing with a rubber brush, and remember to clip claws monthly.
These outgoing animals do well in a busy family environment. They usually adapt well to lively children, though they might need time for adjustment if they come from a quiet household. A good climbing post allows them to work off energy and helps them maintain the proper lean physique.
A playful, intelligent and loyal companion, these cats are curious and talkative, demanding your love and attention. Forget about doing any project without the help of your cat. Though not a lap cat, Orientals do enjoy a good cuddle.
A graceful, sinuous cat with long tapering lines, the Oriental's body is a hard, muscular tube the same size at the hips and shoulders. Slim legs and tail must be long to balance the body length. The Oriental head, like the Siamese, is a long wedge with straight lines extending into a large, flared ear. Much emphasis is placed on the absolutely straight profile. This cat comes in more than 300 colors. Eye color should be green except in whites or bi-colors, which also may be blue- or odd-eyed.