Ocicat is a medium-sized cat with an exciting and larger-than-life personality. Together with their character, their exotic looks are sure to make an impression on all who meet them. Outgoing and welcoming to everyone, including strangers, Ocicat will surely go straight into your hearts.
The exotic-looking Ocicat has been branded to stop people in their path and steals their hearts. Self-assured and gregarious, they love playing games or curling up on their human companion’s lap. These intelligent cats can be taught to play fetch. However, beware that their love of toys can turn to possessiveness as they will try to engage in tug-of-war if you attempt to take them away. Their beautiful short coat is easy to care for and maintain with regular combing or brushing.
Ocicat is a fit cat breed with a playful disposition. They are active and inquisitive and can be demanding of your love and attention. They frequently exhibit dog-like behaviour in their want to play fetch with their favourite toy. They can also be taught to respond to verbal commands.
Ocicats get along remarkably well with other cat breeds and dogs as long as their personalities and energies do not conflict.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: High 10/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: Medium 6/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Medium 6/10
In 1964, Virginia Daly created the Ocicat by accident when developing and producing a Siamese cat with points the same colour as an Abyssinian cat. She bred a ruddy Abyssinian male cat carrying a cinnamon colour named Dalai Deta Tim of Selene to a large seal point Siamese female cat named Dalai Tomboy Patter. The resulting litter kittens were all phenotypically looking Abyssinian kittens, and she kept a female kitten from the litter that she called Dalai She. She then bred Dalai She to a chocolate point Siamese cat named Whitehead Elegante Sun. That litter produced expected Siamese with Abyssinian cat points. She repeated the breeding, and at this batch, there was a surprise, a beautiful ivory kitten with golden spots that she named Tonga. Her daughter stated the kitten looked just like an Ocelot and wanted to call the kitten an Ocicat. However, a new cat breed was not their goal, so Tonga was neutered and placed in a lovely pet home.
Mrs. Daly was corresponding with noted geneticist Dr. Clyde Keeler, and she mentioned Tonga. He responded by saying that he was interested in working with cat breeders to produce a cat comparable to the extinct Egyptian Spotted Fishing Cat. He then suggested Tonga be bred back to his mother. While Tonga could not be used because of being neutered, Mrs Daly repeated the breeding and produced a tawny spotted male cat named Dalai Dotson to use in the new breeding program. The next step was to present the American Shorthair cat to the mix for the boning and substance and introduce silver colour.
In 1966, she became the sole enthusiast of an elderly aunt, and the Ocicat had to wait until the early 1980s. Other cat breeders also became captivated by the spotted cats and developed new lines. In August 1986, the cat breed moved forward, and The International Cat Association granted the Ocicat championship status.
Ocicat comes in one pattern, which is spotted but comes in various colours: brown (black), cinnamon, chocolate, lilac, blue, and fawn, plus the silver variety of these colours. The rich shades look like the rich tones of the jungle cats, and the glistening silvers add a touch of glamour. The large thumb-shaped spots that cover their body are arranged in a classic bull's eye pattern. Rarely, a full classic tabby will appear; however, these are unqualified for competition. Each of their hair has several bands of ticking.
The mature Ocicat is a large cat with a powerful, smooth semi-foreign body of strong muscle covered in a short, tight spotted coat. Their large almond-shaped eyes are angled a little adding to the Ocicat’s exotic look. Their medium legs have a solid feel to them to support the agile, athletic body.
The Ocicat may appear wild, but this cat breed is loyal and dedicated to their family. They are self-assured and welcoming to guests, keenly checking out the opportunity for a game or a lap to curl.
These intelligent cats can be taught to play fetch. However, beware that their love of toys can turn to possessiveness as they will try to engage in tug-of-war if you attempt to take them away. They are full of energy, and their powerful refinement effortlessly lets them jump to high places.
These adaptable feline companions can quickly learn the household rules. But keep in mind that their social character means they are unhappy if left alone for an extended period of time.
When an Ocicat is appropriately socialized and trained during their kittenhood, they will become well-mannered and well-rounded feline companions. These affectionate and warm cats are very friendly and loving and get deeply dedicated to their human companions.
Challenge their intelligent minds and keep them attentive by teaching them commands, tricks and games. Give them a lot of puzzle toys that will reward them with treats or kibbles when they learn how to operate them. Ocicats are highly intelligent and adore the love and attention of being clicker-trained and taught tricks.
Ocicats have a low maintenance coat. To keep it in a tiptop condition, you can run a rubber brush over their short and dense coat weekly to eliminate the dead hairs. Then, you can polish it with a chamois to add some sheen.
If you decide to bathe your Ocicat, use a bronze-tone shampoo for chocolate, brown, and cinnamon spotted tabby cats; a pearl-tone shampoo for lilac, blue, and fawn cats; and a whitening shampoo for the silver Ocicats. These cat shampoos enhance the vivid tones of the cat’s coat.
Cats must get used to combs and brushes from an early age to avoid matted fur from the offset. A wide variety of cat combs and brushes are available on the market, depending on what works for you and your cat. You can start with a very soft brush that does not pull at fine kitten fur or damage their skin. Each time you have finished brushing, give a small treat. If regular coat care does not cause any issues or problems for you or your cat, you can try more effective combs and brushes when they reach adult age.
Daily dental hygiene is still best, but weekly brushing is considered okay. Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Trim their nails twice a month or when needed. Wipe their corners with a soft, damp cloth to eliminate any eye discharge for their almond-shaped eyes. Make sure to use a separate part of the damp cloth for each eye to avoid the risk of spreading any eye infection.
Check the ears weekly. If their ears look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a vet-approved ear cleaner. If the ear has a foul odour, it is best to contact your vet for treatment.
Their litter boxes should always be clean as they are precise about bathroom hygiene. If it is left unclean, they tend to use other places in the house.
The Ocicat is generally a healthy cat breed with a long lifespan. However, they may inherit some of the health conditions that affect its parent breeds. These may include liver or renal amyloidosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pyruvate kinase deficiency.
The welcoming and sociable Ocicat enjoys playing. That’s why they are an excellent option for families with children. However, always oversee younger kids to avoid accidents and won’t hurt the cat by pulling their fur or twisting their tail.
Ocicats are happy to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. But as always, it is best to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to ensure that they learn to get along well together.