by Lisa Lyons
I have been owned by two of these wonderful cats! They are both Chocolate Oriental Spotted Tabbies.
Orli, sadly, suffered from a genetic disease that is usually rare, but not so rare in the Orientals, Hepatic Amyloidosis.
It is the only warning I would give to prospective owners, because it's incurable. However, it's still uncommon in Orientals!
They both have their own personalities, so a note on that.
Orli was one of those cats that had to be WITH you, or touching you, if possible. If I'd walked into the bedroom, he'd follow. If I'd walk around the bed, he'd hop up and follow me around the side, bottom and then up the other side!
He loved cuddles, just loved being loved. And I'm told that this is a very common trait in Ori's.
For Londo, his brother, he is quite skittish, being a small cat in a house of "big'uns!"
He runs from his own shadow, but it takes moments for him to realise he was wrong and come back in for love. Like Orli he adores being held, cuddled and kissed. He is, however, very forceful and noisy. That's a very well known trait for Ori's, their voice. And Londo has it in spades!
Hepatic Amyloidosis - for visitors, this disease is incurable and fatal. Cats present as under the weather. Pale gums and ears are signs plus slight jaundice. Haemorrhaging of the liver caused by amyloid cysts causes death....Michael