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Ocicat

ocicat

Highly Intelligent and Playful

Extroverted, Playful, Sociable

Ocicats are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Ocicats, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Ocicat and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Solid, hard, athletic Coat:Short, smooth, lustrous, sleek

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Ocicats have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for healthy shine.

Dental: Ocicats have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is a devoted friend with a playful spirit.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Does most of her own grooming

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention


Whether you are considering adding a new Ocicat to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ocicat will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ocicat you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues an Ocicat could encounter:

Suspected Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

The Ocicat is the unexpected result of one breeder’s attempt to create an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese breed. This exotic looking domestic cat is similar in looks to the wild Ocelot. She has blood lines that trace back to the Abyssinian, Siamese, and the American Shorthair. Available in 12 different colors, the Ocicat is an affectionate and sociable breed. Oci’s get along well with other pets and are often recommended as a family cat because of their friendly personality.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Ocicat shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Ocicats have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for healthy shine.

    Dental: Ocicats have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is a devoted friend with a playful spirit.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Does most of her own grooming

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Ocicat to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ocicat will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ocicat you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues an Ocicat could encounter:

    Suspected Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

  • History

    The Ocicat is the unexpected result of one breeder’s attempt to create an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese breed. This exotic looking domestic cat is similar in looks to the wild Ocelot. She has blood lines that trace back to the Abyssinian, Siamese, and the American Shorthair. Available in 12 different colors, the Ocicat is an affectionate and sociable breed. Oci’s get along well with other pets and are often recommended as a family cat because of their friendly personality.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Ocicat shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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