The Ocicat is a wild looking breed with a friendly and playful nature. They’re a great companion and are extremely loyal. Don’t let there spotted appurtenance fool you into thinking they are an aggressive breed. These guys are very gentle and love to love.
Where I'm From
The Ocicat first appeared in the 1960’s from experimental breeding. Created by Virginia Daly, a renowned breeder in the USA, her hope was to create an Aby-point Siamese by combining the gene pools of the Abyssinian, Siamese and the American Shorthair. One of the kittens was born with beautiful spots, similar to that of a wild Ocelot, despite there being no wild genes used in the breeding.
Found all around the world today, it was first imported to the UK in 1988.
What I Look Like
The most striking feature of the Ocicat is its wild spots. Because of its gene pool, it has a strong athletic build. There are twelve recognised colours, all of which have the contrasting spotted pattern.
Colours include – Tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, ebony silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver.
It’s spots are not the only wild aspect of this animal. They are an extremely agile and strong, medium to large sized breed.
How I Act
The Ocicat is a loyal companion for any owner, and is even compared to a dog in this regard. Their wild appearance does not affect their personality, and in fact, they are a friendly, intelligent and playful, without showing any signs of aggression. If you can’t be at home to play with them all the time, the next best step is to partner them up with another friendly Ocicat.
They can keep themselves occupied with a simple scratching post, making them suitable for homes.
Looking After Me
Due to their diverse genetic background, it is an incredible healthy breed. They have a short coat, which does not require much grooming, and they naturally shed only a little.
Like all cats, they require regular vaccination and worming, as well as the occasional visit to the vet to make sure that everything it tip top, especially once they hit 8 - 9 years of age.
They are not predisposed to any ailments and you can expect a life expectancy of up to 17 – 19 years.
Am I the cat for you?
Am I the pet for you?
- Social butterfly’s who can get along with everyone, especially other Ocicats
- A very durable and healthy breed, due to its diverse gene pool
- Its appearance is sure to turn heads
- Its wild appearance may not be for everyone
- Can be a bit noisy when seeking attention
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