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Phonetically pronounced "ah - see - cat", the Ocicat is a relatively new breed. The very first one was an experimental breeding by Virginia Daly. She was a noted Cat Fancier Association (CFA) breeder from Michigan. She was trying to get an Aby-point by crossing an Abyssinian, and a Siamese, but ended up with Tonga, an ivory kitten with golden spots. Her daughter named the breed Ocicat because it resembled an ocelot. A Detroit newspaper publicized the lovely spotted cat, and others wanted to try and duplicate Virginia's recipe to develop other Ocicat blood lines. The American Short Hair was added to the mix for body substance, boning and the breed's silver gene.

The Ocicat was recognized by the CFA on a provisional basis in 1966. After a long delay due to Daly's personal issues, in May of 1987 it was finally advanced to championship status. Ocicats come in many colors. There are six basic classes of color. They are tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, ebony silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, dilute (blue, lavender, fawn), dilute silver (blue silver, lavender silver, fawn silver) and A.O.V (Any Other Variety) class. The AOV class includes patterns such as classic tabbies and solids that can also be born in Ocicat litters. The picture to the right, shows just a few of these color combinations.

The Ocicat has a very extroverted temperament. They are inquisitive around strangers, but they are so dedicated to their owners that some compare their

Ocicat images courtesy of Catiators Ocicats.

Ocicat images courtesy of Catiators Ocicats.

temperament to dogs. They are very bright and many can be taught to respond to voice commands, fetch, and walk on a leash. They are a very social breed of cat that doesn't do as well alone as many other breeds. So they are a welcome addition to a home that already has pets or a "stay at home" human to give them the interaction they need. They are usually large and athletic looking. They are muscular and have a tight coat that shows off their muscles.

Because of the diverse bloodline and gene pool, Ocicats are not susceptible to many of the genetic breed specific problems of other pure bred cats. They have been known to live as long as 18 years.

The rarest and most exotic colors in Ocicats are the "champagne" or dilute colors, blue, lavender, fawn, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver (the least common).

The reason the Ocicat gets a section of its own, is because yours truly (the Webmaster and Alpha Cat) Is adopting a pure bred Ocicat from the Catiators breeders by the short name of Wira.