Dominant and sometimes
demanding the Ocicat
still makes a good pet.
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The "Wild" Ocicat
By: Alfred and Baby Kitty
The Ocicat is unusual in that they are spotted like wild
cats but have the domesticated animal temperament. The name
of the Ocicat comes from the Ocelot that they are said to
Within the Ocicat's gene pool there is no wild cat DNA,
however, despite the breed's appearance. This cat breed is
actually a mix of Abyssinian and
Siamese. And later the
American Shorthair Silver Tabby was added to the line to
give the breed a silver color, distinct markings and good
Virginia Daly was the first breeder of the Ocicat. She lived
in Berkley, Michigan and attempted in 1964 to breed
Abyssinian-pointed Siamese. The first generation of kittens
looked like the Abyssinian but the second generation
resulted in one spotted kitten called "Tonga," that was
nicknamed by the breeder's daughter as "Ocicat".
The kitten was neutered and sold as a house pet, but further
breeding of Tonga's parents resulted in more spotted
kittens, which became the foundation of the Ocicat breed.
Other breeders started crossing the Abyssinian and Siamese
and then breeding the offspring to the Siamese with the same
results of spotted kittens.
In 1987 the Cat Fanciers Association initially accepted the
Ocicat for registration and later it was moved to
championship status. Shortly thereafter other registries
around the world followed suit. The Ocicat breed is popular
because of its exotic, wild appearance and all-domestic
temperament and Ocicats can now be found all over the world.
The Ocicat is considered to be a breed that is very
outgoing. It has often been commented that the Ocicat acts
like a dog. They are very trainable and can be trained to
perform most tricks that a dog can learn. These cats love
toys and are great at feline agility contests. Some even
These cats are very friendly and have been known to walk up
to perfect strangers and demand to be petted. They make
great family pets and tend to get along with other household
pets. They can have a problem with asserting their dominance
though. Ocicats do not do well when left alone for long
periods and will require an owner who is able to be around
and pay attention to them since they are so people oriented.
Cat Food & Nutrition for the Ocicat
Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
This large, imposing, sleek shorthair has the
look of a feral feline, but the Ocicat is in every
sense of the word a kitty cat - sweet, bright, and gentle.
The Ocicat is essentially a very healthy cat and is
easily kept that way by Avoiding cat food with too
much cereal filler and sticking to a high
biological value protein premium cat food diet.
It's beautiful marked coat will glow with the
addition of a fatty acid supplement.
Ocicats are, however, prone to nervousness.
Supplementing their diet with B complex vitamins
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon brewers yeast or torula
yeast mixed daily with food - calms their nerves;
however some swear by hot milk or crushed hops
added to their food.
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