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Ocicat

Ocicat

The Ocicat is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate cats of the wild. This muscular, athletic breed can be trained to play fetch and walk on a leash. A people-devoted feline, the Ocicat loves companionship and doesn’t like being left alone too long. This cat does well with other cats and cat friendly dogs. A healthy breed, the Ocicat may live to be 15 to 18 years old.

DID YOU KNOW? In 1964, Virginia Daly of Berkleg, Mich., experimentally crossed a Siamese with an Abyssinian hoping to produce an Aby-point Siamese. A male kitten in the litter was ivory with golden spots and copper eyes. Daly’s daughter named the breed Ocicat because the kitten, “Tonga,” resembled the spotted wildcat. Tonga was neutered and sold as a pet. A noted geneticist at Georgia University, Dr. Clyde Keeler, wanted to see a domestic cat that mimicked wild species that were becoming extinct. At his request, the breeding of Tonga’s parents was repeated, producing another spotted male, Dalai Dotson, who became the father of the Ocicat breed.

The need-to-know
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Very talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Outdoor cat
Ocicat

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good for multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Medium to large, with males weighing 4 to 7 kilograms and females weighing 2.5 to 4.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Short, smooth, satiny
  • Temperament: Confident, active, social
  • Grooming: Monthly
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Vocalisation: Talkative
Two Ocicat kittens are preparing for a sleep

Personality

Although the Ocicat has been bred to look like a wild cat, its temperament does not reflect this. The breed is intelligent and playful, curious and friendly and can be demanding of attention. They prefer, like all active cats, to have company and are very happy with human companions but if the humans are out at work all day having two may help to provide companionship.

Ocicat is watching at something thoughtfully

History and Origins

Country of Origin: USA

Other Names: Oci

The Ocicat cat breed is a relatively new breed of cat that resulted from some experimental matings in the 1960s in America. Breeders were trying to produce an Abyssinian pointed Siamese but instead produced a kitten with an amazing coat of gold spots on an ivory background. He looked like the wild Ocelot, hence the name Ocicat. American Shorthairs were introduced into the breeding programme, which brought the lovely silver colours and strong musculature and bone. In 1988 the first Ocicats arrived in Britain.

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