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.
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
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
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