The Ocicat cat is a perfect cat in every way. It’s gentle, calm, but also lively and curious. It likes to move, but can also be satisfied with a rather long pose in the company of a master whom It will not want to leave.
Affectionate, It’s also sensitive and very intelligent. Never growls and meows very little. Its maintenance is very simple and its health very solid.
History of the breed
The Ocicat cat originated in the United States, and specifically in Michigan. In 1964, Virginia Daly, an American breeder, wanted to breed Siamese. She crosses a Siamese with an Abyssinian. The surprise was the size since she quickly obtains a ticked Siamese.
However, another kitten in the litter had even more beautiful fur. The bottom of Its dress was ivory and Its speckles were golden.
She called this cat Ocicat, in reference to the Ocelot, a large American wild cat. The Ocicat was recognized in 1984. For the time being, Its breed is concentrated exclusively in North America.
- Its body: The Ocicat has a body qualified as semi-foreign by the standard. It is rather long without presenting any heaviness. Note a large chest and a rounded rib cage. This feline has powerful musculature. It’s therefore necessarily athletic. In general, this is a large cat, although the males are usually larger than the females. The legs are in harmony with the rest of the body: medium in size and with strong bones.
- Its hair: The Ocicat has a coat that is considered short, although it is long enough to exhibit a ticking. That is to say an alternation of several bands of light and dark colors. All hairs are ticked except those at the tip of the tail. Note that clear predominates on the chin, throat, stomach, and inside of the legs.
- Its color: The Ocicat standard is quite strict since, inevitably, it only tolerates the spotted fawn-colored coat. This gives it the appearance of a little leopard. Regarding the patterns, all must be visible. That is darker marks on the head than on the rest of the body. The “M” drawn on the forehead, the different lines of the face. The marks are more extensive on the shoulders. The spots are never aligned, although still present, on the rest of the body, so as not to recall the mackerel tabby pattern. Rings are drawn on the legs.
- Its head: The Ocicat has a head in the shape of a rounded triangle. The cheekbones are marked and there is a concave slope between forehead and nose. The muzzle is well marked, unlike a present but more discreet pinch.
- Its eyes: They are rather large, oval, and placed at an angle. All colors, except blue, are accepted by the standard.
- Its ears: The Ocicat’s ears are medium in size and plumes are desirable by the standard.
- Its tail: It is of medium size. Fairly wide at the base, it fades as it goes.
Behavior and Character
The Ocicat cat is both alive and posed. It inherited, of course, characteristics of the Siamese and the Abyssinian. It’s a bit of a cat-dog in Its way of acting, since It knows how to respond perfectly to orders received.
It’s a gentle, friendly, and great company. It loves to be cuddled and pampered. Although independent, It nonetheless remains very attached to Its master. It can’t stand loneliness, but It doesn’t show off.
It demands attention. Its intelligence is remarkable, as Its sensitivity. This makes It an exceptional cat that should be taken care of. In addition, It’s very sociable. It accepts the presence of other congeners, animals. Very playful, it will be a perfect companion for children.
The Ocicat cat is not made to live in a closed environment exclusively. Thus, the apartment alone is not recommended. It prefers to venture outside daily. A house with a garden will be very well received by this feline.
It needs spaces to entertain Itself and stretch Its legs. But also to satisfy Its curiosity.
Health & Maintenance
The health of the Ocicat is excellent. It has no known genetic disease. However, it could be affected perhaps more easily by certain pathologies, such as progressive atrophy of the retina, hypertrophic heart disease, or renal amyloidosis.
It must therefore be monitored. Just as it is necessary to prevent the risk of dental infections. For the rest, conventional vaccines are essential. That is, those against rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of an Ocicat is between 10 and 15 years.
The Ocicat does not need any particular maintenance. Its owner will just have to make sure to brush It regularly. This will allow It to keep Its coat rather short and the liveliness of Its colors at the top.
In addition to ] weekly brushing, the Ocicat will need to be dewormed against fleas and other parasites that could bother It, especially if It spends most of Its time outdoors. Also, Its ears and eyes should be inspected often to prevent infection from forming.