The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
The Ocicat is one of the glorious accidents in the cat fancy. A breeder from the state of Michigan in the United States set out to create a Ticked Point Siamese. She mated a Siamese with an Abyssinian. one of the offspring was mated back to another Siamese male, and a tabby Point Siamese duly appeared. However, one kitten was ivory-coated with clear golden spots. This was the very first Ocicat. its name inspired by the wild Ocelot, because of the similarity in coat colour and pattern. Many breeders used the same breeding formula successfully. Recognition of the breed was granted in the United States in the 1960s.
It it is not just the coat pattern that contributes to the wild look but the natural graceful lithe and agile movement that these cats show when in action. They display many similarities to the wild cats when hunting even pretend prey or when racing around for fun. The Ocicat is a medium to large well-muscled cat with a long body. They are now available in Brown, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon, and Fawn colours.Bert reaching for the camera
Although Ocicats have been bred to look like wild cats their temperament does not reflect this. They are very intelligent and playful, curious and friendly and never show any aggressiveness. They prefer, like all active cats, to have company and are very happy with human companions but if the humans are out at work all day another Ocicat is their favourite playmate. The Ocicat is very adaptable and they will be quite happy with an indoor gymnasium of scratching post and stairs.
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