Orientals come in long or shorthaired varieties, with a vast range of colours and fur patterns available. Orientals are long and lean cats, making them look elegant and sleek. They have triangular-shaped heads with large, flared ears and almond-shaped green eyes.
Like the Siamese the Oriental is an intelligent, curious cat that makes its presence known. They love to talk to their human companions and expect a reply. They want to be part of the family and enjoy playing games. Orientals need to be kept amused with toys and do not like to be left alone so if you are out at work all day another Oriental is probably a good idea.
As they are such curious creatures it is not ideal to allow them to roam outside as their curiosity can get them into trouble but they are often happy to be indoor cats as long as they have plenty of company.
The short glossy coat of the Oriental does not require a lot of grooming but they do enjoy the attention that grooming brings.