About the Ocicat Cat Breed
With a beautiful spotted coat reminiscent of the Ocelot, the Ocicat would seem to be the product of some wild cat/domestic cross. Looks can be deceiving, though, as this exotic looking creature is actually the product of selectively cross-breeding the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair breeds. This “designer cat” was originally bred in the mid 1960’s, and has since become extremely popular among cat fanciers world-wide.
Taking it’s name from the Ocelot, the Ocicat is a large, muscular cat with a very disarming personality. Combining the easygoing charm of the American Shorthair with the playfulness, intelligence and inquisitive nature of the Siamese and Abyssinian breeds have created this incredible animal with a wonderful temperament to match it’s stunning good looks.
Ocicats thrive on human companionship and love to take part in everyday life, whether that includes helping you do the laundry, supervising your children’s homework or curling up in your lap. With the widest range of colors of all of the spotted domestic cat breeds, the Ocicat’s coat colors range from tawny to lavender.
Drawing from it’s Abyssinian/Siamese heritage, the Ocicat has a moderately wedge-shaped head and exquisite almond-shaped eyes. Grooming requirements are minimal – a good brushing every few days will keep the coat shiny and free from loose hairs, but hourly hugs and kisses are essential!