Ocicats: An amazing combo of wild looks and adorable temperament


If you are fascinated by leopard but wary of his temperament… get home an Ocicat, who has the look of a leopard and a heart of gold!

French writer Fernand Mery rightly said, “God made the domestic cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.” And Ocicat, a new domestic breed, has been selectively bred from pedigreed ancestors to resemble a wild jungle cat and may be the answer to bridge the gap between the savage and the tame. Although still quite rare, Ocicat is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition and popularity primarily because of its striking wild-looking appearance and its possession of a temperament that’s anything but ferocious.

The first Ocicat…
The first Ocicat was Tonga, a breeding between a pedigreed Abyssinian and a Seal Point Siamese. People were amazed with this exquisite kitten with bright golden spots on an ivory background.
Looks that kill…
This cat in motion captures the dramatic presence of a wild animal with his large size, well developed musculature and suggestion of a stalking leopard. They come in 12 distinct colours ranging from the leopard colours of ivory with brown spots or reddish brown spots; cinnamon, which is ivory with bright red spots; tawny, that has a white to ivory undercoat with buff tips and black spots; to the more unusual coloured silvers that have a white background with ebony, red, or chocolate spots.
Attitude to die for…
And yet, in spite of their size and appearance, the Ocicat has a gentle and affectionate nature and is totally devoted to their people. The intelligence of the breed impresses their admirers. Most are capable of opening doors, walking on a leash, responding to whistled commands and learning to ‘fetch’. As a bonus, they readily adapt to household rules and are not “aloof ” as are many other feline breeds. Unlike his untamed counterpart, this cat will gladly roll over for a good stomach rub and won’t take your arm off at the elbow. This cat is quite extroverted, even around strangers, and they get along especially well with children of all ages, other kinds of cats and pets.
Sturdy body…
These cats have no associated diseases or genetic anomalies and are generally easy to breed and experience few problems during birthing.
Easy upkeep…
The Ocicat requires no special diet or excessive grooming and needs no special permits or licenses to own.
The Ocicat’s temperament, coupled with their intelligence and adaptability, creates for both one-cat owners and multi-animal households, a truly unique and loving companion.