Ocicat Advantages and Challenges
Ocicat Physical Characteristics
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.
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.
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.
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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