Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Silver, Bronze, Smoke
This small spotted cat may look wild, but he is anything but. The Ocicat is a Siamese and Abyssinian cross. The name comes from the wild Ocelot, but the Ocicat is 100% domestic. The spotted coat is a rare genetic trait that sometimes happens during breeding and because the wild looks in a domestic package is a highly sought after trait, breeders will continue to enhance this gene.
Ocicats were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association in 1987. They are also recognized by all other cat registries.
The Ocicat is a playful breed that enjoys people and will follow them throughout the house. They even enjoy the occasional shoulder ride so they can see the world from a higher vantage point. The Ocicat will run towards guest as any chance at a new lap or attention is what they crave. If you’re looking for a breed that enjoys being handled, then the Ocicat is definitely for you.
Ocicats are among the more intelligent breeds that can learn tricks easily and puzzle based toys are a great way to keep them entertained and their minds occupied. If not, you can expect them to find their way into all sorts of mischief. It would be wise to put away things you don’t want your Ocicat touching as they are curious and intelligent enough to find their way into the nooks and crannies of your home. They are capable of opening door handles and latches.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Ocicat is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
The Ocicat’s short, smooth coat is simple to groom with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hairs. A bath is rarely necessary.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
The gentle and playful Ocicat is well suited to life with families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks, enjoys interactive toys, and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. Supervise young children and show them how to pet the cat nicely. Instead of holding or carrying the cat, have them sit on the floor and pet him. It’s likely that the Ocicat will dominate other cats in the household and may even rule the dogs. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.