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Ocicat

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.

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How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.