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Ocicat Breed Information
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Ocicat
Description  
 
The Ocicats coat is thick and short. It is close-lying. smooth. satiny. and sleek. The eyes are large and almond-shaped. They can be all colors except blue. The Ocicats ears are large. pointed. and alert. The head is a modified wedge with a broad muzzle. The Ocicat is a medium to large sized cat that is long-bodied. balanced and muscular with medium length legs and a slim tail that is long and tapered.
Color  
 
The Ocicats come in a variety of colors. There come in brown (tawny) . blue. chocolate. lilac. cinnamon. and fawn. There are also silver variations of the Ocicats that come in ebony. chocolate. cinnamon. blue. fawn. and lavender. Some associations also recognize red. cream. and tortoiseshell.
History  
 
The history of the Ocicat developed by accident when a breeder was trying to create a Ticked Point Siamese. The breeder from Michigan bred a Siamese with an Abyssinian then mated the offspring to a Siamese male. In this litter was the very first Ocicat a kitten with ivory coat and golden spots. The wild ocelot inspired the name Ocicat. The Ocicat was recognized in the United States in the1960s after many breeders followed the same breeding methods to create the Ocicats. These cats achieved championship recognition in 1987. It was no until 1998 that the United Kingdom recognized the Ocicat formally.
Features  
 
The Ocicat is considered to be a shorthair cat. The Ocicats are very active cats that look wild but are very affectionate. These cats can be independent but not enough to be left alone for a long time. They are very loyal and devoted to its owners. They may be very talkative and friendly with visitors. The Ocicats are extremely intelligent and can be easily trained to walk on a leash. fetch. and react to voice commands. These cats adjust well to traveling and other cats or dogs. Although the Ocicats may look exotic they are simple to keep with no special care required. The average litter size for a mother cat is three to four kittens.
Grooming  
 
The Ocicats coat is relatively simple with regular brushing.
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