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The Oriental Shorthair was imported to Britain from Thailand in the latter part of the 1800s. It is quite striking in its appearance, with a thin, sleek body and almond-shaped eyes framed by large offset ears. The Oriental Shorthair is highly social with its owners and, like its cousin the Siamese cat, the combination of intelligence and curiosity tend to lead it into all sorts of adventures. With over 300 different colors and patterns, you will surely be able to find an Oriental Shorthair to meet your expectations.
Despite their social nature, these adventurers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Oriental Shorthairs are prone to include liver diseases such as amyloidosis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye issues such as cataracts; cancers such as mediastinal lymphoma; and respiratory conditions such as feline asthma.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your active Oriental Shorthair has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad heart or his mother’s poor eyes, you’re covered.