I Love the Oriental Shorthair Cat

by Robin

Photo added by Michael - a baby OSH on the shoulder of the breeder at a cat show waiting to be photographed

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Photo added by Michael - a baby OSH on the shoulder of the breeder at a cat show waiting to be photographed

I have had two Orientals and love the breed. They are wonderfully vocal and will answer you back when you ask them about their day. Both of mine would play fetch with my ponytail holders which shows their intelligence.

They are very affectionate cats and love to snuggle with you. As unbelievable as it may sound, they think they are human and should enjoy joining in everything a human does.

I lost two very good friends when they passed and have many, many stories that my family and I still share. I love the breed so much I bought my mother one who became her best bud, and this is a woman who didn't really care for cats.

It breaks my heart to say that all three cats (my two and my mothers) died from renal failure. All of them had to be put down. I don't know if it is an abnormality within the breed, or if it was environmental.

Whichever the case, I find it odd that all three had the same disease when none of them lived with one another. I feed them a good diet and clean water every day. I have not looked into the possibility of their teeth causing their demise. All of them needed to have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, the breed is apparently known for bad teeth due to the narrow jaw.

All in all, I love them and if you are looking for someone to be your friend, this is the breed for you. They give as much love as you give them, if not more.


Hi Robin.... Thanks for talking about the Oriental Shorthair. You are not alone is loving this breed of cat. Here are two submissions by people who have similar thoughts to you. A fine cat but seems to have inhereted health problems.

Oriental Shorthair and Gum Disease

Hepatic Amyloidosis in Siamese & Oriental Cats


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Oct 18, 2010
Had to say goodbye
by: Pearl's Mom

Three days ago I had to say good-bye to my Pearl, whom I took in about 10 years ago as a stray. Pearl was an oriental short hair and died of Renal failure also. I thought I would check out some sites and see if this was common for this breed. It was a painful last week for her and I miss her dearly. She brought me so much joy and laughter over the last 10 years. She had a great personality and was a very loved member of the family.

Dec 31, 2009
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Robin. I'm so sorry for you. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a young cat which had deserved a full life.

Were these three cats related? If so, I should think the renal failure was the result of inbreeding in that particular line. Oriental Shorthair is a fairly common breed, so the gene pool should be wide enough to avoid that kind of problems - provided the breeders are aware.

If you like the breed, don't be discouraged by this sad experience. But maybe find another breeder and check that the parents and grandparents all have lived reasonably healthy lifes.

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