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Ocicat are active, curious, sociable, and playful. They are well suited for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks, enjoys interactive toys, and loves the attention from children. 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. He is an indoor-only cat.
Size: The tail is long and shows virtually no tapering from a broad base. The Ocicat is long lived and ages of eighteen and nineteen are not uncommon. Ocicats are surprisingly heavy for their size, weighing between 4 - 6.5kgs. Ocicats are generally healthy cats and are not susceptible to any particular health problems.
Temperament & Personality: These cats are outgoing and friendly, even to strangers and will often welcome company. They are not aggressive. Playful, curious and highly intelligent, they can be trained. Its temperament is anything but ferocious. It is a lot like a dog in that it is absolutely devoted to its people.
Activity Requirements: Routine exercise. He needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Exercise your cat regularly by engaging her with high-activity toys.
Breed Traits: he senses your moods, is curious about your day, and has purred her way into your heart. Chances are that you chose her because you like Ocicats (sometimes called “Spotted Cats”) and you expected her to have certain traits that would fit your lifestyle, like:
Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic. Good with children and other pets. Does most of her own grooming. Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks. Alert, curious, and busy
May want to constantly be involved in your activities. May be mischievous if not given enough attention
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: simple to groom with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hairs. A bath is rarely necessary. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: There are twelve colors approved for this breed tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, and fawn silver.
History: Ocicat was the unexpected result of a breeding experiment. In 1964, a cat breeder named Virginia Daly sought to create a Siamese with Abyssinian color points. To accomplish this she mated a Siamese female and an Abyssinian male, which produced Abyssinian-looking kittens. She then crossed a half-Abyssinian with a purebred Siamese and achieved the desired result. However, there was one unusual kitten with golden spots and copper eyes in the litter. It was later named Tonga, and nicknamed “ocicat” by Daly’s daughter because of the similar-spotted wild cat: the Ocelot. Daly realized she had unwittingly produced a new breed. And though Tonga was neutered and sold as a pet, further breedings of his parents would later provide the base for a breeding program. The first Ocicat was exhibited in 1965, and by 1966 the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the breed. Unfortunately, the CFA made an error and listed the parent breeds as the American Shorthair and Abyssinian.
Origin: United States
Life span: 12-14 years
Temperament: easy going, adaptable, affectionate, active, agile, curious, demanding, friendly, gentle, lively, playful, social
Weight: Male: 10 - 15 pounds - Female: 7 - 12 pounds
Height: 9-11 inches
Colors: Blue, silver, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn, tawny, lavender, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, and fawn silver.