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Is My Cat an Oriental Shorthair? — 6 Comments

  1. My dad before he died rescued a kitty that he named Lucky. It had been abandoned for who knows how long in the apartment complex my dad lived in. He had been feeding him along with other abandoned kitties in the complex. Since Lucky was fairly friendly, after the lost of his 14 year old kitty Freya, my dad decided to see if he would adjust to indoor living, which he did. After my dad died, we inherited Lucky. more I am pretty sure he is not a purebred, but based on his behavior and general body shape, I thought he had at least a fair bit of Siamese in him, now I think its more likely Oriental Shorthair.

    He is Grey and White bicolor. 11.3 lbs but NO fat. Extremely long in the body with a very thin whip like tail that ends in a point. His face is more angular than the ave DSH. His eyes green but more almond shaped. Also he is VERY vocal. He demands attention and wants to play a lot though he is probably 2 or 3 years old. Sometimes he will try to play with one of his hind feet trying to bite it and talking up a storm as he does it.

    My question is, if he does have Oriental Shorthair heritage, even if he is not purebred is there things I should watch for?


    • Hi Rachael, thanks for visiting and sharing….

      My answer based on my experiences is Yes. I have a large cat who is a black moggie. He has a long face like a Oriental SH or Siamese. The Siamese and Oriental SH are the same cat really except for the coat type. My cat talks like a Siamese cat and has a similar character in some ways. He has some Siamese DNA in him, I am sure. So there is Siamese DNA floating around the world finding itself inside random breed cats all over the world. This makes sense because cats from Thailand would have been transported to the Middle East and the West and then crossbred with other cats. It is a mashup. Even purebred cats are a DNA mashup.

      There is nothing special to look out for. Love him as your dad did and be observant. But all cats have the same requirements. Siamese cats like company.

      • oh yes I am well aware of Siamese mixing with other kitties. When I was growing up we had a family of white cats who were a mix tween a red tabby cat and a Siamese. Several of the kitties had one green eye and one blue eye. Many had a few spots on the forehead and many were more angular.
        The male kitties with the different colored eyes we called Tuffy after the first one, his daughter Thule was the mama cat for many of the kitties we had as I was growing up. My mom named her Thule after the thick pea soup Thule fog that is common in Central Valley winters here in California. The only female kitty we had with one of each eye was my cat Thomasina who was Thule’s granddaughter.

  2. could be be a russian white? i have a similar (almost exact looking) cat, they have a distinct gray color and eye/ear size, and on some sites i’ve found they’ve called them Russian White.

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