Large and muscular, the powerful Ocicat looks very much like a small wild Ocelot but is surprisingly friendly and devoted. Originally created by combining the Siamese, the Abyssinian and the American Shorthair, this cat's signature coat pattern features thumbprint-shaped spots. Ocicats usually come in tawny, cinnamon and chocolate with 12 acceptable colors. They are intelligent, loyal, and very sociable getting along well with people, dogs and other cats. Contact the cat breeders below for your next family friend.
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The Ocicat may resemble a wild cat but it is a domestic cat through and through. Spotted like a wild cat but possessing the gentle and frisky temperament of an everyday housecat, this breed originates from Siamese and Abyssinian stock with American Shorthairs (silver tabbies) added later, contributing to the breed’s silver color, prominent bones, and startling coat patterns.
The exotic-looking Ocicat is a stunning animal...exquisitely beautiful and awesome in presence. A powerful, muscular spotted cat with the appealing look of a wild cat, the Ocicat is actually a domestic cat created through inspired development practices. These are strong cats that are ready to stalk their prey at any moment – whether toy mice, balls of paper, or anything moving to pounce upon!
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 with 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 with 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 that the cat looked just like an Ocelot and suggested they 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, including the dominant Cat Fanciers' Association which granted this breed championship status in 1986. Today the Ocicat is found all around the world, popular for its domestic temperament wrapped in a wildly exotic disguise.
The Ocicat comes in one pattern – spotted – but in twelve different colors: Brown (Black), Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac, Lavender, and Fawn, plus the silver version of these colors. The rich shades resemble the intensely vivid tones of the jungle cats with shimmering silvers adding 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 fully 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, formidable bodies, muscular legs with dark markings, and powerful, oval-shaped paws. The body shape of the Ocicat combines that of the svelte Oriental and the sturdy American Shorthair. Yet, they are 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 extroverted cat breed. Most can easily be trained to do things typical of a dog: fetch; walk on a leash and harness; come when called; speak, sit, lie down on command; and perform other impressive tricks. Most are especially good at feline agility because they are very toy-driven. Owners who live in Florida attest that they often find lizard tails lying around the house, frequently still moving! Like a lot of other hybrids, many are drawn happily to water and enjoy playing with it, although they do not much relish being bathed for a show.
Extremely friendly, the sociable Ocicat typically marches straight up to strangers and announces that it would like to be petted. They 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. Extremely clever, these cats are reportedly capable of opening child-proof latches and committing many other acts of mischief, mayhem, and merriment to the amusement or horror of a full array of cat aficionados.
Most get along well with animals of other species, although they are likely to assert their dominance over all pets in the family. Ocicats are excellent companions for people who want to spend a lot of time with their cat, but require a definite commitment to a lifelong relationship.
Full of energy and vitality, these cats easily learn the household rules but cannot tolerate solitude. A busy active household suits them better than a lonely existence with a single owner who works full time. A companion animal for a single Ocicat- either another cat or a dog is highly recommended to deter the inevitable depression or disillusionment brought on by long hours of isolation.
The mature Ocicat is a large cat with a dynamic body of sleek muscle covered in a short, tight spotted coat of exotic decorations. Acrobatic, lithe, and athletic, Ocicats are outstanding jumpers and thrilling gymnasts who seek out the highest perches in the room. Cat trees are a very good idea for 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 followed by a polishing wipe with a chamois cloth to add some shine. If you can accept the ramifications of attempting to bathe this cat, to enhance the rich colors of your cat’s coat, choose a bronze-tone shampoo for cats with brown, chocolate and cinnamon coloration. Opt for a pearl-tone shampoo for cats colored with lilac, blue, or fawn; and for the silver cat, select a whitening shampoo.
Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds