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Ocicat

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #21
Name Ocicat
Other names None
Origin United States
Size Medium to Large
Coat ShortSmoothSatiny
Lap Cat No
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament ActiveAgileCuriousDemandingFriendlyGentleLivelyPlayfulSocial
Weight Male: 10 - 15 poundsFemale: 7 - 12 pounds
Colors BlueSilverChocolateCinnamonFawn
Kitten Price Average $400 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults and children (6+) and can be affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 5 stars
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation. Frequency should be every few weeks.
Health Issues 3 starsHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 stars
Shedding 5 starsConstant Shedding: Shedding will occur often for this cat breed. It is suggested to brush and comb its coat regularly to reduce the risk of it developing hairballs. Be prepared also to vacuum often.
Social Needs 5 stars
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Vocalization 3 starsFrequent Vocalization: It is known to be vocal. Owners might be concerned for excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Harley Ella
02 Oliver Molly
03 Buddy Kitty
04 Coco Chloe
05 Blaze Daisy
06 Ash Boo  
07 Momo Alice
08 Nugget Emma
09 Simba Misty
10 Olley Alice
Overview

The Ocicat is a fairly recent, man-made addition to the cat fancy. It is a medium-sized, well-proportioned and lustrous cat that has surprising weight for its moderate size. Ocicats are solid and well-muscled, with a noticeable fullness of body and chest. Their hindquarters are slightly higher than their shoulders when viewed in profile. The breed has powerful legs, strong paws, a triangular-shaped head, a strong chin and a straight, tapered tail that typically ends in black. The Ocicat’s large, almond-shaped eyes tilt slightly upward at the outer corners. Blue eyes are not permitted in the show ring, but all other eye colors are and need not be linked to coat color. Ocicats have large, prominent ears that preferably are tufted and lynx-like. They are moderate in type, meaning that they are neither extremely chunky or cobby, or especially elegant or Oriental, in appearance. This breed gives you an instant impression of strength and power, much like that of the wild Ocelot cat after which it is named. Ocicat kittens resemble the cubs of wild cat litters and are especially endearing.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) profile for the Ocicat recognizes that “never before was there such an effort to develop an entirely domestic cat which can offer the spotted beauty of the wild cats, while maintaining the lovely, predictable disposition of the domestic cat.” The Ocicat indeed does look wild. However, it is neither ferocious nor fierce in disposition, nor is it shy or retiring in temperament. This is an affectionate, loving breed that is unfailingly devoted to its owners. Ocicats are not overly demanding, pushy or clingy. They tend to be extroverted, self-confident animals that are friendly and outgoing, even with strangers. Because of their personable and highly social nature, Ocicats get along well with most other household pets – including cats and dogs. However, they are not well-suited to being left alone for long stretches of time, as they require companionship and attention. Ocicats usually can be brought into a household that has existing companion animals with little confrontation or adjustment. The intelligence and overall friendliness of the Ocicat are a testament to its close Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair ancestry.

Children & Other Pets
The gentle and playful Ocicat is well suited to life with families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks, enjoys interactive toys, and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. Supervise young children and show them how to pet the cat nicely. Instead of holding or carrying the cat, have them sit on the floor and pet him. It’s likely that the Ocicat will dominate other cats in the household and may even rule the dogs. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.
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