Ocicat is a cat with a very exotic appearance. Large, with naturally spotted fur, it looks most like a domesticated wild cat. However, it is a relatively new breed that was created quite an by accident by crossing a Siamese and an Abyssinian cat in the 1960s. The breed is called Ocicat because its appearance resembles the wild cat ocelot that inhabits Central and South America.
Ocicat Cat Origin
The real Ocicat cat was created by chance in the 1960s when Virginia Deli from Chicago crossed an Abyssinian and a Siamese cat. Despite her original plan to get a litter of Abyssinian kittens with an unusual Siamese pattern, she discovered a spotted cat in the litter. This unusual cat was later crossed with the American Shorthair, which contributed to the stronger and larger appearance of this cat. The Ocicat breed was registered by the CFA in 1966. She first appeared in exhibitions in 1987. It was introduced in Europe in the 1980s, and it was not until 1992 that FIFA recognized it as a new race.
A large and rather large cat. Athletically built, solid, harmonious, and strong body. The head is wedge-shaped with a slight curvature extending from the muzzle to the cheeks and one visible ascent from the beginning of the nose to the eyebrows. The muzzle is wide and square. The eyes are large almond-shaped, slightly sloping towards the ears, and widely spaced. All colors except blue are allowed. The medium-sized ears are placed so that they form the upper outer corner of the head. Tufts are desirable and if they exist then they grow vertically at the top of the ear. The legs are of medium length, muscular, and strong in harmony with the body. The tail is long in relation to the body and tapers towards the tip which is both dark.
Fur with dark spots like a fingerprint, on a light background it is short, smooth and silky, and very shiny. Clinging to the body and must not be long and woolly. The dotted pattern of fur that gives this cat a wild look is the most striking characteristic of this breed. It is recognized that 12 colors are: yellow-brown, blue, chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, light brown, and all these colors in combination with silver. The color of the fur must be clear, and good contrast is especially important. Lighter shades on the face, around the eyes, chin, and lower jaw. The fur is the darkest color on the top of the tail, based on when the color is determined.
Ocicat Cat Temperament
Despite its “wild” appearance, this race is gentle, playful, curious, and sociable. Very attached and loyal to its owner. She is not one of the cats who like to sit on her lap for a long time, but if she is given the opportunity, she will gladly climb on her shoulders or neck and thus “ride” around the house or garden. She is very talkative and friendly towards guests. The Ocicat cat is very intelligent and can easily learn to use a leash, bring and catch things and react to voice commands, as well as respond to a name. She is very active and needs a lot of space and a lot of toys. It adapts quickly and easily in all environments. It gets along well with other animals.
Health and care
Ocicat is a resistant, healthy, and long-lived breed of cat. Most often, they can have problems with gingivitis, so regular brushing of teeth and examinations by a veterinarian is recommended. The fur is easily maintained by regular brushing. The average lifespan of this breed is at least 15 to 18 years.