Ocicat | Cat Breed Guide

Ocicat | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Ocicat resembles a wildcat but is an all-domestic breed that actually has no wild DNA in its genes. Though it has the spotting of a wildcat, it has the gentle temperament of a domestic cat.

Weight - Female: 6-9 pounds; Male: 9-14 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Temperament: devoted, playful, and social

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History and Personality

The Ocicat was basically a happy accident: the breed was a surprise result after a cross in 1964 between a seal point Siamese female and a ruddy Abyssinian male, with the goal of developing Siamese mixed with Aby-like points. A breeder named Virginia Daly kept one of the females from the litter and bred her with a chocolate point Siamese. One of the litters resulted in an ivory kitten with golden spots. The breeder’s daughter commented on how the kitten resembled an Ocelot and said the kitten should be called an Ocicat. The Cat Fanciers’ Association started registering these cats in 1966, but they didn’t receive full recognition until 1987.

Ocicats are a medium-large sized cat that has spots just like a wildcat. Their coat is satiny and smooth. Their ears are moderately large, and they have large, almond-shaped eyes, with a long tail. An interesting fact about this cat is though he is sleek and long, he is actually quite heavy when you lift him up. Ocicats are slim but they are big-boned. Another fun fact is that Ocicats come in a variety of 12 different color options. The colors range in a variety of blue, cinnamon, lavender, silver, and chocolate.

The Ocicat breed is ideal for families with children. They love the attention of children. However, it’s best that young children be supervised and know how to handle a cat. This breed will try to dominate other cats in the household, and may even try to rule dogs. Always introduce other animals slowly.

This breed loves any activity that includes him as he loves to be active. As an intelligent and playful cat, puzzles are a great tool to stimulate his brain and to burn off excess energy. Be sure to have a supply of cat toys around when you’re not home to play with him.


With such a short and smooth coat, the Ocicat is easy to groom. All you need is a rubber curry brush; use it weekly to remove any dead hair and to distribute skin oils. Unless you are showing your Ocicat, it’s necessary to bathe him. Nails should be trimmed as needed, usually once per week. Ears should be checked for dirtiness or infection.

Health Concerns

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Blindness
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Amyloidosis
  • Periodontal Disease

The Ocicat is generally a healthy breed, but could face some genetic health conditions. Keep up with annual veterinary visits so your kitty gets examined regularly to ensure good health and catch any potential symptoms early.