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- Jucha Ocicats
- Naples, FL
- JumpnSpots Ocicats
- Thousand Oaks, CA
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- Edokko Ocicats
- Norfolk, CT
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- CFA. Small Connecticut Cattery specializing in healthy quality kittens from Grand Champion lines. Neuters & spays sometimes available. Raised underfoot with children & dogs. Kittens available year round. Shipping. Norfolk, Connecticut
- Sally McGinnis (860) 542-6017
- Purrfurdots Ocicats
- Waynesboro, PA
- Kittens Available Now/Soon! CFA. Beautiful "home-grown" kittens frolicking about year-round. Sweet tempered, healthy & smart. Several colors & patterns. Reasonably priced - spotteds $500, A.O.V.'s $400. Retired adults available - $100 - $300. Shipping. Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
- Trudy Cline (717) 762-7222
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- Cosmic Spots Ocicats
- Media, PA
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We have beautifully spotted kittens available year round. We are located 20 minutes from Philadelphia, and only 2 hours from both NY City & Washington DC. We have the hard to find colors, Champion Lines, & health guarantee. Our cats were featured on Animal Planet's Cats 101 Ocicat special! Media, Pennsylvania
- Anthony Allen (610) 842-2882
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The Elegant Ocicat
The Ocicat is an all-domestic breed of cat that resembles a wild cat but has no wild DNA in its gene pool. The breed is unusual in that it is spotted like a wild cat but has the gentle and frisky temperament of a domestic feline. The breed was originally established from Siamese and Abyssinian stock; later, American Shorthairs (silver tabbies) were added to the mix which gave the breed its silver color, strong bone structure, and distinct markings.
The exotic-looking Ocicat stops people in their tracks and steals their hearts away. A powerful, muscular spotted cat with the appealing wild cat look, the Ocicat is actually a fully man-made domestic cat. These are powerful cats that are ready to stalk their prey at any moment--their toy mice, balls of paper, or real prey.
Virginia Daly created the Ocicat by accident in 1964 when she was trying to develop a Siamese with points the same color as an Abyssinian. She bred a ruddy Abyssinian male of cinnamon color to a large seal point Siamese female. The resulting kittens were all Abyssinian, and she kept a female from the litter that she named Dalai She. She then bred Dalai She to a chocolate point Siamese. That litter included the expected Siamese with Abyssinian points.
She repeated the breeding and this time there was a surprise--a lovely ivory kitten with golden spots that she named Tonga. Her daughter declared he looked just like an Ocelot and wanted to call him an Ocicat—and thus the new breed was named. Tonga was neutered and sold as a pet, but further breeding of his parents produced more spotted kittens, and these became the basis of a new and separate Ocicat breeding program.
The next step was to introduce the American Shorthair to the mix for its powerful boning and substance--and to introduce the elegant silver coat. In 1966, Virginia Daley became the sole caregiver for an elderly aunt and the Ocicat program had to wait until the early 1980s for further development. Other breeders also became fascinated by the spotted cats and began creating new lines. Eventually the breed moved forward and TICA granted the Ocicat championship status in August 1986. Other registries followed. Today the Ocicat is found all around the world, popular for its all-domestic temperament combined with its exotic wild appearance.
The Ocicat comes in one pattern--spotted--but in twelve different colors: Brown (Black), Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac Lavendar, and Fawn, plus the silver version of these colors. The rich shades resemble the intensely vivid tones of the jungle cats and the shimmering silvers add a touch of glamour to the coats. Large thumb-shaped spots cover the body and are arranged in a classic bull's eye pattern. Occasionally a full classic tabby will appear in a litter, but these are ineligible for competition. Each individual Ocicat hair has several bands of ticking.
Ocicats have striking almond-shaped eyes, perfect for night vision. They also have large, strong bodies, muscular legs with dark markings, and powerful, oval-shaped paws. The body shape of the Ocicat is partway between that of the svelte Oriental and the sturdy American Shorthair. The breed's large, well-muscled body gives an impression of power and strength. They are also surprisingly heavy for their size. Typical male Ocicats weigh between ten and fifteen pounds, while the females weigh in at between seven and nine pounds. Litters tend to be of good size—up to eight kittens may be produced in a single litter.
Ocicats are a very outgoing cat breed. Most can easily be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and harness, come when called, speak, sit, lie down on command, and perform other tricks. Most are especially good at feline agility because they are very toy-driven. (They can also be driven by real prey, as Ann Jucha, breeder [see last part of this article] can attest. She lives in Florida, and often finds lizard tails lying around her house, frequently still moving— ick! ) Like a lot of other hybrids, many take happily to water and enjoy playing with it, although they do not take much to being bathed for a show.
Ocicats are extremely friendly and sociable. They typically march straight up to strangers and announce that they'd like to be petted although, of course, this behavior varies with individual cats. This makes them great family pets, and most also get along well with animals of other species, although they are likely to assert their dominance over all pets in the family. Ocicats make excellent pets for people who want to spend a lot of time with their cat, but they do require more attention than cats that aren't as people-oriented as the Ocicat is.
Ocicats may look wild but they are absolutely devoted to their families. They are full of energy and vitality, but are adaptable cats who easily learn the household rules; however, their highly social nature means they can become unhappy if left alone for long periods of time. A busy active household suits them better than a solitary existence with a single owner who works full-time although, as Ann pointed out, she does have occasional kittens born who are shy, self-contained, and/or retiring in nature, do not demand the same attention that most Ocicats do, and actually can be paired up with individual working owners. She does highly recommend supplying a companion animal for a single Ocicat—either another cat or a dog. I would expand that recommendation to include all breeds of cat, as few are truly happy when left alone for endless hours with little to stimulate their senses.
The mature Ocicat is a large cat with a powerful, sleek semi-foreign body of solid muscle dressed in a short, tight spotted coat. They are acrobatic, lithe, and athletic. They are terrific jumpers and gymnasts, and will seek out the highest perches in the room, so cat trees are a very good idea. Overall, the impression is of a cat always ready to spring into action.
The Ocicat has a low-maintenance coat that can be kept in top condition by running a rubber brush over it weekly to remove the dead hairs and then a polish with a chamois cloth to add some shine. I loved the following, taken from TICA’s website : “If you decide to bathe your cat, use a bronze-tone shampoo for brown, chocolate and cinnamon spotted tabbies; a pearl-tone shampoo for blue, lilac and fawn cats; and a whitening shampoo for silver Ocicats. These shampoos will highlight the vivid tones of your cat.”
The cover of Vogue, here we come?!
Ann Jucha, owner of Jucha Ocicats in Naples, Florida, and I had a long, spirited, laughter-filled conversation about her breed. Ann has been raising Ocicats since 1994, so since not too long after the recognition of the breed. Ann started off by saying that a lot of the appeal of the Ocicat is its vibrant wild look, combined with its calm, gentle nature. She did emphasize that all of her cats are individuals, and that there can be quite a range of temperaments within a single litter—but all of them are stunning and good-natured. They also tend to introduce well to other cats and to dogs—even to breeds of dog generally thought of as being quite aggressive.
One of the questions that I have taken to asking when interviewing cat breeders is: “Is this an in-your-face kind of cat?”--and Ann agreed that the Ocicat is. These are very sociable cats that want to be part of the action no matter what it may be. They are highly intelligent and are great problem-solvers, willing to study a situation and experiment for quite some time before arriving at a course of action.
For example, hilarious to me but not so hilarious to Ann is the fact that one of her own Ocicats, “Streaker,” has figured out how to open the smooth round handle on her bedroom door, so he can let himself in and out whenever he pleases!
These are obviously extremely clever cats, that are capable of opening child-proof latches and committing many other acts of mischief, mayhem, and merriment.
Not only do her Ocicats like to sleep with her and her husband at night—they also like to seek out the very warmest, coziest, and most inconvenient places, like between their humans’ legs. Even the shyest of Ocicats wants to be with its people, and will determinedly seek out the contact, warmth, and companionship. To reach Ann Jucha for further information, and to inquire about Jucha Ocicat Ocicat kittens for sale , please proceed to her website.
This article is dedicated to the memory of Ann Jucha’s beloved “Peaches”
With Thanks to:
Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds
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