Oriental Bicolor

The Oriental Bicolor is a mixed breed cat–a cross between the American Shorthair and Siamese cat breeds. Social, smart, and curious, these felines inherited some of the best traits from their parents.

You can find Oriental Bicolors in shelters and rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add one of these cats to your home!

The Oriental Bicolor is a top-notch choice for a family cat. The mixed breed is exceptionally social and will always want to be around the humans in their life. These felines also form great bonds with young children. Just remember that such a friendly and outgoing cat will need a lot of human interaction. This is not a mixed breed that fares well being left alone for long periods of the day.

See all Oriental Bicolor mixed cat breed characteristics below!

Oriental Bicolor Mixed Cat Breed Picture

Oriental bicolor cat, 1 year old, sitting in front of white background

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Breed Characteristics:

Affectionate with Family
4
Amount of Shedding
1
General Health
3
Potential for Playfulness
4
Tendency to Vocalize
5
Kid Friendly
5
Friendly Toward Strangers
4
Easy to Groom
4
Intelligence
4
Pet Friendly
3

Vital Stats:

Life Span:
8 to 12 years
Length:
Medium
Weight:
8 to 12 pounds
Origin:
United States

More About This Breed

  • History

    The history of the Oriental Bicolor mixed cat breed begins back in 1979. The mix was originally developed by Lindajean Grillo, who is credited with cross-breeding American Shorthair and Siamese felines. Later on in the '80s, fellow breeders in Europe also began to develop Oriental Bicolor cats, which helped spread their popularity across the world.

    The Oriental Bicolor was officially acknowledged by the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1983.

    These days, you can find Oriental Bicolors in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. So make sure to consider adoption if you decide that this is the mixed breed for you!

  • Size

    The Oriental Bicolor is a medium-sized cat. As is always the case, exact size standards might vary.

    Most Oriental Bicolors weigh in at eight to twelve pounds. However, many can be smaller or larger than average.

  • Personality

    The Oriental Bicolor is one of the most social cats out there. This distinctive, sleek breed loves to be around humans and bonds equally strongly with older folks and young kids alike.

    In fact, the cat almost demands to be the center of attention, so be wary of this if you often find yourself away from the home for long periods of time or have to embark on work trips. The Oriental Bicolor craves human attention.

    That being said, these are also intelligent cats who will happily entertain themselves by figuring out smart interactive toys and exploring new nooks and crannies. Providing your feline with a large living space that offers the chance to roam around and check out new areas is essential for this mixed breed.

    Also, be warned that the Oriental Bicolor is often described as a talkative and communicative cat, so be ready for lots of back and forth conversations!

  • Health

    Oriental Bicolors are generally considered to be healthy cats; although, they can be predisposed to the same conditions that the American Shorthair and Siamese breeds face. As always, it's important to schedule regular wellness visits with your cat's vet.

    Some of the more common health problems Oriental Bicolors suffer from include:

    • Crossed eyes
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease
  • Care

    As with all cats, it's important to keep up your Oriental Bicolor's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your cat healthy.

    Beyond scheduling yearly wellness visits with your vet, make sure that you pick up a scratching post for your Oriental Bicolor cat's living environment. This can help promote healthy scratching and keep the cat's nails in good condition. This is especially important for a mixed breed like the Oriental Bicolor who likes to be active and inquisitive.

    The cat's ears should also be examined regularly for signs of dirt building up or possible infection. Talk to your vet about starting a regular teeth brushing regimen that will suit your Oriental Bicolor. Your vet can advise you about specific brands and techniques.

    Finally, because the Oriental Bicolor is a cat with lots of energy, it's recommended that you add a cat tree to your home.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    The Oriental Bicolor has a mix of a white base coat with many other colors; cinnamon, blue, and chestnut are all popular combinations.

    When it comes to grooming, the Oriental Bicolor is a low shedder and only really needs brushing once a week. This will help ward off mats and keep the coat in good condition. Just be sure to groom gently as the mixed breed has a thin coat.

    In terms of climate, most Oriental Bicolor cats are adaptable, but they prefer a slightly warmer living environment. You should also always make sure that there's enough shade and fresh water available during the hotter months.

  • Children And Other Pets

    The Oriental Bicolor gets along really well with young kids. Just make sure that early socialization takes place and boundaries are properly set on both sides. Supervise early interactions between kids and cats.

    When it comes to other household pets, the good-natured Oriental Bicolor usually fares well with many domestic animals. But always remember to supervise early interactions between the new cat and existing pets, as well. Sometimes these relationships are very much dependent on the individual pets' personalities.

    Ultimately, early socialization really pays off with this mixed breed. Make sure to reward your Oriental Bicolor for good behavior when you bring them home to your family!

  • Rescue Groups

    It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for Oriental Bicolor cats because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try breed specific rescues that care for American Shorthairs or Siamese cats, as they sometimes care for breed mixes, too. You may also try shelters and rescues that cater to all types of cats, including Oriental Bicolors, as well as your local shelter. Here are some nonprofit rescues you can try:

    You can also try CatTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable cats by breed and zip code!