oriental shorthair breed information

common health issues

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which the protein amyloid is deposited in organs. In most cats, the liver is the target organ for deposition, and over time, amyloid deposits cause a fragile liver prone to bleeding and liver failure. The disease often appears to occur suddenly in the liver because there are few early signs.
Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.
Feline asthma, also known as allergic bronchitis, is a condition in which there is constriction of the lung’s airways. The result is a patient that cannot take in a deep breath, and may pant and wheeze. An X-ray of the chest may reveal asthma, but sometimes additional diagnostics are needed. Oral and inhalant treatment options exist for this chronic disease.
Lymphoma is a highly malignant cancer of the lymph system, and in the case of mediastinal lymphoma, the tumor is found in the chest cavity. Eventually the tumor will spread to other organs, and while an option for chemotherapy exists, a lymphoma cure is rare to nonexistent. It is possible to obtain good quality of life during remission, however.
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)