by Karen Lucsok
I have an Ebony Smoke Oriental Shorthair named Nephthys. I love her personality even when she gets her little attitude. We all know Oriental Shorthairs have a temper and go for the eyes.
She's never tried to attack my daughter or my eyes, probably because of her love and loyalty which is, also, one of their personality traits. She did "go for the eyes" when someone I know invaded her space and came toward her trying to grab her.
He went to the hospital and her scratch was about a half inch from his right eye. I repeatedly told him not to try to touch her because she will attack. My daughter and I are the only people who can touch her, pick her up etc. They are so loyal like that and I wouldn't have it any other way.
At night when we go to bed she smashes herself right in our face. She usually would sleep with me because she ended up being my cat even though my daughter picked her out. We already had a male African Shorthair cat named Spike, a very gorgeous boy.
We felt he needed a kitty friend so we adopted Nephthys. Spike became my daughter's cat and Nephthys became mine. I recently moved to Utah from New York to be with my fiance. I had my daughter take care of Nephthys until I could ship her to Utah. During that time our sweet wonderful Spikey passed away. My daughter is absolutely devastated.
Spike was so wonderful that he actually helped me raise her. He protected her and they did everything together. He was 16 and my daughter is 21. Nephthys is 11 and my daughter and her were raised together too. I knew that the loss of Spike was too much for my baby and I told her she can keep Nephthys. I love my Nephthys so much but my daughter needs her. So, now my daughter and Nephthys have each other to love and cuddle. My daughter has 5 other cats and Nephthys is the most well behaved.
Some times in the middle of the night we would wake up and couldn't breath because Nephthys would be that smashed cuddled into our faces!
Oriental Shorthairs have they're own way of showing love and they're loyalty is incredible. She can jump 7 feet in the air effortlessly. They are truly unique cats and like no other breed.
They are not loners and depend on only those they see as family for love and cuddling. She wouldn't survive if she went to a different owner now. They are that loyal. I love her so much and I'm so blessed to have been able to experience the magnificence of an Oriental Shorthair.