The Ocicat originates from an interbreeding of the Abyssinian, Siamese, and the American Shorthair. It is currently the only spotted domestic breed of cat that is bred to appear as a wild cat. Because of the increasing disappearance of the wild spotted cats, due to their natural habitats being destroyed, cat lovers find it very important to continue the interbreeding of the Ocicat, if nothing else, just to have the chance to have an exotic breed, so that wild cats may be left alone in their natural environment, and not captured or poached to satisfy the need for an exotic spotted breed.
The coat of the Ocicat comes in many colors from tawny to chocolate to fawn silver. And the coat will always have the distinctive spotting in whatever color they are found.
The Ocicat is a large breed with a very athletic and muscular look. Their short haired coat shows off their muscular frame, as well as the spots that make them unique. The coat requires no special care, only a routine brushing to remove shedding, and an occasional bath. Their diet is not special, feeding them like any other domestic cat is sufficient. In spite of their “wild cat” appearance, there are no noted health problems related to the Ocicat. Given the proper vaccinations, and routine medical check-ups, they are expected to live long and healthy lives.
Also in spite of their appearance, the Ocicat is not a wild tempered breed. They are a very loving and people oriented cat. Their devotion to their owner is strong and life long. They are not clingy, but do love the attention that you give them, without begging for it. They are perfectly content to sit with you while you read or watch TV, but if you have something pressing to do, they will patiently wait for you to finish, before giving them the love and attention that you will no doubt be prone to bask on them. They do require a little more attention than breeds that aren’t so people oriented, but as long as you ultimately make time to spoil and love them, they are sure to adapt to your routine.
They are easily trained to play fetch, or take a walk on a leash. This is a very adaptive breed, and can be taught voice commands, and the normal household routine. They are also a very good traveling companion. Keep in mind that they become somewhat upset if left alone for too long, however, homes with other cats and dogs may be just what they need. As long as they have companionship, they are a very happy breed.