Ocicats are short-haired breeds known for their spotted pelt.Size: Medium to large
Body Shape: Moderate
Colours: Tawny, chocalate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn and silver.
Lifespan: 10+ years
The ocicat is named after it's resemblance to the ocelot. It has spots resembling a wildcat and the temparament of a domesticated animal. Despite its appearance, there is no wild DNA in the gene pool. The species os a mixture of the Siamese and Abyssinian and later American Shorthairs (silver tabbies) were added to give them their silver colour, bone structure and distinct markings.
The first breeder of Ocicats was Virgina Daly of Berkley, Michigan, who attempted to brred an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese in 1964, The first generation of kittens appeared Abyssinian, but the surprising result in the second generation was a spotted kitten, Tonga, nicknamed an 'ocicat' by the breeder's doctor. Tonga was neutured and sold as a pet, but breeding of his parents produced more spotted kittens and became the base of a Ocicat breeding program. Other breeders used the same recipe; Siamese + Abyssinian and offspring + Siamese. Today the Ocicat is found worldwide, popular for its temperament and wild appearance. In 1984 Ocicats International was organized. In 1986 in Florida, CFA provisional status was granted; championship status followed in TICA in 1987. Ocicats first came to the U.K in the mid-1980s. Championship status in GCCF was reached in June 2005. Within FIF the Ocicat received full championship status in 1992.
The head is a modified wedge showing a slight curve from muzzle to cheek. There is a visible but gentle rise from the bridge of the nose to the brow. The muzzle is broad and well defined, with a suggestion of squareness. The chin is strong, the jaw firm, and there is a moderate whisker pinch.
Ears and Eyes
The moderately large ears are set at a forty-five degree angle, neither too high nor too low. Ear tufts are desirable. Large, almond-shaped eyes angle slightly up toward the ears. All eye colours, except blue, are acceptable. There is no correspondence between eye and coat color.
Body and Legs
The Ocicat is a solid, hard, long-bodied cat with depth and fullness, but it is never coarse. There is subtainal bone and muscle development and still the cat has an athletic appearance. It is surprisingly heavy for its size. The tail is fairly long, medium and slim, with a slight taper.
The legs are medium long and well-muscled, powerful and subtainal. The paws are oval and compact.
The coat is short and smooth, with a lustrous sheen. It is tight, close-lying, and sleek but long enough to hold agouti bands of colours. All hairs except the tip of the tail are banded.
Ocicats are a friendly, outgoing breed. Most can be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and harness, come when called, speak. sit, and lie down on command like dogs. Some take readily to water. They will typically march straight up to strangers and announce they'd like to be pet. This makes them great family pets, and most can also get along well with animals of other species. Ocicats require more attention than cats who aren't people-oriented. Their sociable nature may take them less able than some other breeds to be left alone for long periods of time, but it does make them a good choice for a household with other cats or dogs.
Feed oz. (28 g) of canned food daily, or 1/3 oz. (9 g) of dry food per pound of body weight. Give at least two meals a day or leave food out.
Their sleek, short coats need to be brushed occasionally to remove dead hair.