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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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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.