The Ocicat is a domestic breed of cat that has a wild cat appearance. It has the temperament of a domestic animal despite the fact it is spotted like a Leopard or an Ocelot, the wild cat from which this breed gets its name. The breed originated after 1964 when an attempt was made to breed and Abyssinian-pointed Siamese cat. Some of the kittens that were born from this crossing were spotted and were nicknamed Ocicat. The breed is actually a mix of Abyssinian, Siamese and, later on, American Shorthair. The breed is muscular and agile, like many cats but has the slim, oriental physique of its forebears.
Extrovert in nature, the Ocicat is an outgoing breed that is considered to be a dog trapped in a cat's body. They are very intelligent and can even be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and obey commands. This high intelligence does mean the cat has a mind of its own and will often do only what it wants to do. Very sociable, the Ocicat is even good with strangers and seeks the attention of any and all people around it. This breed is even fond of water. The Ocicat is a very good family pet as it is able to get on well with other domestic animals and small children without needing to be heavily socialized.
Build (Male / Female)
Male: 9-12 pounds (4-6kg)
Female: 9 pounds (4kg)
The Ocicat can live up to 15 years.
The litter size is often around 5 kittens.
The coat of the Ocicat does not require too much grooming. Brushing the fur once a week will keep it in top condition and will help to discourage hairballs.
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