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Of all cat breeds, it’s most dog-like in appearance and devotion to its owner. Because of its long elegant body – a distinctive combination of fine, firm bones and firm muscles – it is often referred to as the greyhound of cats. It has the enduring muscle strength of a long-distance runner, matures quite early, breeds easily and produces larger-than-average litters.

As for the body, it has no indication of fat or emaciation so if you own one and want to retain its slim elegance, you must feed it a diet that is virtually fat-free. The signature tail is narrow at the base, thin, long, and tapering to a fine point and has a short coat that’s fine-textured, glossy, and lies close to the body.

The Oriental Shorthair simply doesn’t like to be left alone. It adds variety and complexity to an otherwise much needed quiet household as it demands attention by draping itself around one’s feet or neck. It’s almost as if they become the person who is the object of their desire. While this can produce an amazing union, it also can create a relationship too complicated for its own good. If you are you looking for complete feline love, the Oriental Shorthair is for keeps.