The exotic ocicat attracts people immediately and forever. Its name derives from the ocelot, a wild cat, because the mottling of its fur is similar to this. However, the character of the ocicat is not that wild, in fact, it is quite cuddly and faithful, making it a popular domestic cat.


Breed Origin:
Life Span:
9 - 15+ years
Average Weight:
6 - 15 lbs
Hair quantity:
General health:

Origin and History

The Ocicat breed originated accidentally in the United States in the 1960s. The initial breeding was aimed at creating a Siamese cat with Abyssinian color points, but a kitten with a completely spotted coat, resembling a wild ocelot, was born. This kitten, named Tonga, was the first Ocicat. Although Tonga was neutered, interest in his unique appearance led to further breeding efforts using Siamese, Abyssinian, and later American Shorthair cats to establish and refine the breed. The Ocicat was officially recognized in the 1980s and has since gained popularity for its wild appearance and domestic temperament.

Physical Characteristics

Ocicats are medium to large, well-muscled and athletic cats, known for their spotted coats which come in a variety of colors including tawny, chocolate, and silver. Their coat is short, sleek, and satiny to the touch, with markings that are bold and well distributed. The Ocicat has a large, solid body, a broad muzzle, strong chin, and large almond-shaped eyes, which can be any shade of gold to green. Their appearance exudes strength and agility, reminiscent of the wild cats they resemble.

Personality and Temperament

Despite their wild appearance, Ocicats are playful, sociable, and affectionate pets. They are highly intelligent, curious, and enjoy being part of family activities. Ocicats are known for their dog-like behaviors, including fetching, walking on a leash, and responding to voice commands. They thrive on interaction and do well in homes where they can receive plenty of attention and stimulation. Ocicats are also known to be good with children, other cats, and even dogs, making them excellent family pets.

Care and Health

Ocicats are generally healthy and robust, with a lifespan of 10 to 15 years or more. Their short coats require minimal grooming; a weekly brushing is usually sufficient to remove loose hair and maintain coat health. As with all breeds, regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and parasite control are important to keep them healthy. Due to their active nature, providing ample opportunities for play and exercise is essential for their physical and mental well-being.

Living with an Ocicat

Ocicats adapt well to various living environments, including apartments and houses. Their social nature means they don’t like being left alone for long periods, so they do best in homes where they can enjoy companionship, whether it’s with people or other pets. Enriching their environment with toys, climbing structures, and interactive play can help keep them entertained and engaged. Their friendly and outgoing personality, combined with their stunning appearance, makes the Ocicat a cherished companion for those looking for an active and affectionate cat with a touch of the wild.

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