The Ocicat, a “spot on” choice for families
The Ocicat is a man made breed derived from a combination of Abyssinian, Siamese and the American Shorthair. Ocicats come in many colors and at least all those colors associated with the three foundation breeds: tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, and fawn silver.
The short, satin like coat requires little grooming. Just brushing on occasion, combined with regular petting removes any dead hair and will keep this beautiful coat smooth and shiny.
Friendly and non territorial, this breed enjoys being in homes with dogs and other cats. Good travelers, they readily accept handling by strangers. Ocicats really thrive and in fact seem to require human attention and interaction to be happy. For that reason, these cats are not recommended for homes where they will be left alone for extended periods of time, even with another animal companion. They will “talk” much like a Siamese but in a considerably softer voice.
The Ocicat is a large, robust cat with a very muscular body. The head and squared muzzle compliment a broad nose making it closely resemble a real ocelot. The coat is short and shiny. It’s spots are shaped like a thumbprint and evenly distributed over the body. Marble patterns do occur in Ocicat litters but are not showable in the CFA. The typical coat is actually a spotted tabby, so this breed shows stripes on the legs, rings on the tail and striking facial markings. Ideally, all markings will be clearly defined against a lighter background color.
The Ocicat as a Companion
The sociable nature of this cat makes it a perfect complement to a household with other animals and children. Not happy at all when left alone for long, this cat must have a lot of human interaction.
Super smart, these cats are extremely devoted to their families and love having new people come over to admire and pet them. They will happily play fetch, or go for walks on a leash with you. This cat is happiest when hanging out with humans and the more the merrier.
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