OCICAT

By Chris Hughes - MerryDancer

There have been no wild genes used in Ocicat bloodlines at all, despite the exotic look of this beautiful spotted cat, with such a wonderful affectionate personality. 

 

The first Ocicat occurred by chance in the USA in 1964 when Mrs. Virginia Daly attempted to obtain an ‘Aby pointed’ Siamese.  However, she found, in a second generation Abyssinian-Siamese cross, a beautiful gold spotted male kitten (Out- crossing to the Abyssinian is still permitted, a valuable means of adding to the gene pool).  Her daughter remarked on the resemblance to a baby Ocelot and asked ‘Why don’t we call him an Ocicat?’  Tonga, as he was called, brought the new breed into the world.  The next step was the introduction of the American Short Hair, which contributed body substance and the silver colour gene.  In America it took over 20 years for official recognition, but they have now become a very popular breed in the States.  In 2002 the breed was accepted at Intermediate Level by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in the UK.

 

The Ocicat is a medium-large athletic cat with a powerful body, heavily boned with well sprung ribs.  It has a graceful arching neck and modified wedge shaped head, curving gently from muzzle to cheek, with a slight dip to the nose.  Large almond shaped eyes have mascara markings.  The muzzle is well defined with a hint of squareness.  Spots go in rows along the spine and scatter across the shoulders and hindquarters, extending down the legs.  The belly should be well spotted too.  There are broken bracelets on legs and broken necklaces at the throat.  The short tight coat with a satin sheen shows off the long well muscled body (with equally proportioned long tail), and spots well.

 

 

This breed has strong dog-like tendencies, and will follow you from room to room ‘helping’ with whatever you may be involved in.  After reading this, I actually trained my first Ocicat, in just two weeks, to do a perfect ‘sit’, wait’, ‘come’, and retrieve, using pieces of ham and praise as rewards!  They do like to please.  Many love to leap onto shoulders to perch like a parrot, although this behaviour can easily be discouraged if not wanted.  They are devoted to people, and are very intelligent and alert.  The Ocicat is fairly vocal, but never overly noisy.   They get on well with children and other animals, and enjoy their company – they would be lonely left alone without another pet for long periods.  Their broad genetic background leaves them less prone to disease than some breeds.

 

The lifespan is approximately 15 years, but some live to 18 or 19.  Litter sizes average between 4 and 6 kittens.

 

Colours available are: Tawny, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon, Fawn, Black Silver, Blue Silver, Chocolate Silver, Lilac Silver, Cinnamon Silver, Fawn Silver.

 

 

 

 

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