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The Oriental cat is a favorite of cat lovers and breeders alike for its striking appearance and for its loving personality, which can be quite vocal.

The breed was developed in England back in the 1950s, and represents several varieties that originated from the Siamese lineage; by one definition, the Oriental is a non-spotted version of the Siamese.

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These cats began to become popular in the US in the 1970s, and the Cat Fancier Association recognized the Oriental Shorthair, which is characterized by a sturdy and silky body and prominent ears, in 1977.

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Common Health Problems for  Oriental Cats

As is often the case, selective breeding both creates these beautiful animals and is responsible for their susceptibility to certain illnesses.

Oriental cats are known to be particularly prone to:

Hereditary Dilated Cardiomyopathy

this congenital defect that interferes with proper contraction of one of the ventricles of the heart. The result can be anything from blood clots to heart failure. Diagnosis requires an electrocardiogram and often an ultrasound. Medicines can often help an afflicted cat to live a fairly normal life and lifespan.

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Liver Amyloidosis

this condition occurs when a cat’s body makes an abnormal protein, amyloid, that builds up in the body.

Amyloidosis is particularly serious when it affects organs like the liver, but it can be difficult to diagnosis since the symptoms—such as anorexia, vomiting, and buildup of fluid in the abdomen—can be caused by any number of problems.

Diagnosis depends on thorough urinalysis and blood work and may require a liver ultrasound or biopsy. The disease can frequently be managed with blood transfusions or with surgery to remove damaged parts of the liver.

Feline Cancer

Orientals are one of the types of cat breeds that tend to suffer a higher incidence of cancers than is usual in cats. Advances in veterinary medicine in recent years have created a new drug and surgery options for treating feline cancers of many types.

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Artemis was a beautiful and friendly cat to all who were willing to pet him. Unfortunately, he developed feline diabetes which required regular vet visits and medications that his Mother could not otherwise afford on her fixed income. Having PetFirst insurance, she called and discussed the problem with a friendly PetFirst agent. To her surprise, she found out that Artemis’ ongoing required vet visits and medication would be covered by his PetFirst insurance. Artemis was able to live out the rest of his life with proper medical care and medicines thanks to PetFirst insurance.

Feline Asthma

Orientals are also somewhat more liable to develop asthma than most cats. Rapid diagnosis is important in order to prevent the occurrence of pneumonia and other life-threatening respiratory illnesses.

Asthma can often be controlled in cats using drugs, but it may be necessary to identify causes in the affected cat’s environment.

Strabismus (crossed eyes)

Siamese of all types may be born with or may develop crossed eyes. Strabismus may cause no problem for a cat, or it may be symptomatic of a serious neurological condition, or of such illnesses as leukemia or meningitis.

Diagnosis requires a thorough ophthalmological examination or X rays of the skull. Treatment is based on identifying the underlying cause.

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Should You Purchase Pet Insurance for your Oriental Cat?

Oriental owners need to prepare themselves for the possibility that their pets may at any point develop one of these or another condition that can decrease enjoyment and length of cats’ lives.

You want your pet to have the happiest and healthiest life, but you don’t want to be strap with the insane vet bills. To help with those bills, consider buying a cat health insurance plan.

These health insurance policies will cover a large portion of the vet bills – your wallet will be happy and your feline too.

 

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American Curl Cat, American Wirehair Cat, Arabian Mau Cat, Ashera Cat, Balinese Cat, Burmese Cat, Chartreux Cat, Chausie Cat, Cymric Cat, Domestic Medium Hair Cat 

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