Cat Breeds

Ocicat Advantages and Challenges


  • Ocicats are very friendly and people oriented
  • Ocicats are adaptable to other cats and gentle kids
  • Ocicats are known to be very active and playful
  • They are intelligent and easy to train
  • Low maintenance grooming is required by Ocicat


  • Ocicats have high-energy, needs a stimulating environment
  • Ocicats crave companionship and must not be left alone for long periods
  • Whether you like it or not, Ocicats are talented hunters

Ocicat Physical Characteristics


  • Medium large


  • Shorthair


  • Several combinations, including: Tawny - black or brown spots on a bronze ground, Chocolate - chocolate spots on an ivory ground, Cinnamon - cinnamon spots on an ivory ground, Silver – any of several spot colors, on a silver ground
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Ocicat Personality

Although bred to look like a wild jungle cat, the Ocicat is a completely domestic breed with no wildcat bloodline. Highly intelligent and playful, the affectionate and gentle Ocicat is a true “pussycat” around the house.

You’ll find this breed is well adapted to family life; very people-oriented, this kitty coexists nicely with kids and other pets. Very bright and easily trained, the Ocicat is a natural entertainer may eagerly learn games and tricks, and then happily show them off for a roomful of spectators. Be forewarned: although unfailingly sweet tempered toward people and pets, the Ocicat is a gifted and determined hunter, lion-like in repose but lightning quick to pounce when unsuspecting prey comes near.

Your Ocicat will likely follow you devotedly from room to room, wanting to be a part of even the dullest activity. Ocicats are a very social breed is most ideal for families where there is always somebody around, but if your schedule keeps you away from home for more than a few hours each day, then your pet would enjoy having a pet of its own – another active cat will be fine company for your Ocicat, and they can entertain each other while you’re away. A stimulating environment with plenty of toys, scratching posts and things to climb on will be much appreciated as well.

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Ocicat History and General Information

History and Origin

In 1964 the first Ocicat was the unexpected result of an experimental breeding attempt to produce an Abyssinian-point Siamese. Instead they got something else altogether, a remarkable spotted kitten named Tonga, who was promptly nicknamed an "Ocicat" because he looked like a wild Ocelot. The Ocicat breed gained popularity over the next few decades and was promoted to provisional status in the Cat Fanciers Association in 1986, achieving American championship status in 1987.

Grooming requirements

With its short, sleek coat, the Ocicat needs little special grooming. The cat will fastidiously keep its own coat clean, but an occasional soft brushing will be much appreciated as well.

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Ocicat Health

Health Ailments

There are no genetic problems specifically associated with the Ocicat, as the gene pool is considered diverse enough to prevent genetic defects from arising. As with any breed, selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store will help ensure that your Ocicat will be free of any hereditary purebred ailments. Maintaining your Ocicat's proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.

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