Common Health Issues
Oriental Shorthairs are generally healthy cats, and you can expect not to spend a mini fortune at the vet’s while your cat is alive. Regardless, an Oriental Shorthair cat is predisposed to health conditions typical with other Siamese cats such as:
This refers to a condition in which amyloids responsible for several body growth activities in Shorthairs are deposited outside of cells in organs and tissues; This, in turn, leads to a breakdown of such organs and tissues.
Amyloidosis can be fatal for Oriental Shorthairs if amyloids, somehow, find their way into critical organs such as the heart, liver or kidney.
Typical symptoms and effects of amyloidosis in Oriental Shorthairs include severe weight loss, slow movement, loss of appetite for food, and increased urination and drinking. In some cases, a shorthair suffering from this condition might suffer fluid build-up under the skin, thereby leading to a swollen appearance.
It should be noted that there is no known medical treatment for amyloidosis in cats. And the best that can be done is to stabilize the suffering cat, while treating the underlying conditions and symptoms.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) refers to an inherited genetic condition that causes a gradual degeneration of the retina in Oriental Shorthairs; This degeneration, in turn, leads to gradual loss of sight in shorthairs, and in the long run, complete blindness.
On a sad note, there is no known treatment for PRA, neither is there a way to manage deteriorating sight in affected Shorthair cats. On the bright side, thanks in part to their sharp sense of smell and great memory, Oriental Shorthairs suffering from PRA can adapt to the gradual loss of sight typical with this condition.
Other Health Issues
Apart from the aforementioned health conditions, your Oriental cat is also liable to suffer from diseases such as bladder stones, feline asthma, and mast cell cancer. Your Oriental Shorthair might also fall victim to dilated cardiomyopathy, although this condition is relatively rare.