7 Awesome Facts about Oriental Longhair Cats

In this article, I’m going to share some awesome facts about oriental longhair cats. Let’s find out more about this playful breed.

The Oriental Longhair is an athletic long-limbed cat breed, descended from a Siamese. Oriental Longhairs, as the name would suggest, have a long flat coat, with almond-shaped green eyes, and range in a wide variety of colors.

My name is Derrick and I write for Simply Cat Care. Our goal is to write easy-to-read articles to help you learn about all things cat. This information is research-based. I am not a vet and recommend seeking the advice of your local vet for more guidance.

Here’s what I’ll be covering in this article:

  1. Oriental Longhairs are part of the Siamese cat family
  2. The Oriental Longhair has a different name depending on the location
  3. The Oriental Longhair Doesn’t Need as Much Grooming as other Longhairs
  4. The Oriental Longhair is a Talkative and Intelligent Cat
  5. The Oriental Longhair is a Carnivore and Thrives Off a Meat Based Diet
  6. There are over 300 coat colors and patterns of Oriental Longhair Cats
  7. Oriental Cats Prefer a Companion
  8. Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s get into it.

1. Oriental Longhairs are part of the Siamese cat family

The oriental longhair cat owes its origins to the well-known Siamese breed.

The Siamese is well known for its pointed colorings. Check out our helpful guide to learn more about how cats get their colors and patterns.

The Oriental breed is a non-pointed version of the siamese, bred in England from the Siamese [1]. The origins of the cat are from Turkish imports to Europe.

The cat appeared in a shorthair first. The shorthaired cat bred with a Balinese male in the 1980’s to produce the longhaired variant [2].

2. The Oriental Longhair has a different name depending on the location

The oriental longhair cat has different names depending on location.

Angora (or British Angora) was the original name of the cat in Britain due to Turkish origins [2]. Cat Fanciers refer to the breeds as a Foreign Longhair or Mandarin.

Javanese or Havana Brown are names used in Europe to describe different variations of the cat [2]. The latter breed of cat has a solid brown coat, whilst the Javanese retains the colorpoint markings of its Siamese ancestors.

All of these breeds and variations descended from Siamese cat breeding in England throughout the 20th Century.

Oriental longhair
The Havana Brown is a chocolate-colored type of oriental longhair

3. The Oriental Longhair Doesn’t Need as Much Grooming as other Longhair Cats

Many longhaired cats have a wooly undercoat that puffs out. This necessitates a lot of grooming and sometimes trimming around the groin for sanitary reasons.

The Oriental Longhair has 8-10 inch long hairs, but they create a long silky coat, rather than a bushy one [3].

For health and flea maintenance grooming all cats (even short-haired) can remove dead hair, reduce hairballs, and help tackle fleas. Check out my guide to flea treatment for more help.

4. The Oriental Longhair is a Talkative and Intelligent Cat

Many cats are happy to enjoy their alone time in front of the window watching the birds.

The Oriental Longhair is a little different being an inquisitive and vocal cat. This cat is the life of the party, enjoying the company of humans and cats alike.

If you have an oriental longhair, make sure to provide these intelligent cats plenty of toys and stimulation to keep things fun.

5. The Oriental Longhair is a Carnivore and Thrives Off a Meat Based Diet

Like many breeds of cats, the oriental longhairs thrive off an animal protein diet.

These foods provide oriental shorthairs the protein, vitamins, and minerals they need for strength. This breed has a higher rate of periodontal disease [4].

Better dental care and nutrition may help prevent this problem from occurring. Check out my top 9 tips for optimal cat nutrition for more.

6. There are over 300 coat colors and patterns of Oriental Longhair Cats

The oriental longhair cat breed comes in a wide range of colors.

These colors include solid coats (i.e. one color such as chocolate, brown, white, silver) and tabbies [4]. White-colored orientals can have blue eyes or a mixture of blue eyes and green eyes due to gene variations [4].

Of course, owing to their Siamese cat origins, the Oriental Longhair also comes in pointed tip colorations.

Check out my guide to cat colors and patterns to learn more.

7. Oriental Cats Prefer a Companion

If you already have an oriental longhair cat, consider getting them another cat to play with and enjoy.

This cat breed wants to join in on the group fun with its inquisitive personality [5].

The International Cat Association report that longhair oriental cats are an outgoing and playful cat that needs lots of attention [5].

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is an oriental longhair?

Most US breeders sell kittens between $600-$1,000 [6]. This price range can vary from breeder to breeder and different locations. Purebreds are even more pricey.

Are oriental cats friendly?

Yes, if you get an oriental longhair kitten, expect it to be generally friendly, talkative, and full of personality. This can vary based on different combinations of the cat.

Why do oriental cats look different?

Whilst the oriental longhair originated in Europe and Britain, the cat bred with many different cats in different regions. This resulted in variations of colors and hair length among other things.

How do I care for my oriental?

To keep your oriental shorthair cat healthy, make sure to feed them a healthy animal-protein diet. Oriental cats are prone to retinal degenerative diseases associated with genetics and poor diet [7]. Check out my top 9 tips for cat nutrition here.

The modern versions of oriental shorthair cats maintain a normal weight of 8-12 pounds (male) or 6-8 pounds (female) [6]. Keeping your cat within these weight parameters helps to reduce the risk of diseases. Check out my guide to setting your cats diet over here for more.

Conclusion

In this article, I’ve covered 7 awesome facts about oriental cats.

This breed of cat feature a long, elegant style body with a shimmering tail full of glossy long hair. They come in a wide variety of solid colors (e.g. cream, chocolate, silver) and tabby variations.

Orientals descended from Siamese cats and have evolved over history due to breeding variations. Imported from Turkey in the late 1890s to British and European colonies, they are a variation of short-haired orientals.

The oriental longhair cat is lively and friendly. Orientals enjoy the company of humans and other pets alike. They make a great pet for people who want a lot of company.

To improve the life span of an oriental longhair cat, they need good care with a proper diet. Unlike many other longhaired cats, they need less grooming but may require constant dental care and eye checks due to gene inherited diseases.

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