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Ocicat

They may look like a wild Ocelot, but the Ocicat is a friendly feline with lots of personality. 

Experimental mating between Siamese and Abyssinian cats by an American cat breeder in the 1960’s resulted in a spotted kitten who was nicknamed the “Ocicat” because of the resemblance towards a wild Ocelot. Eventually more spotted kittens eventuated, and these were the start of the Ocicat breed. American Shorthair added to the mix to create a larger cat and this also produced silver colouration. 

They are a medium sized cat, weighing between 4 to 7kgs. They have a beautiful spotted coat with several colour variations including, black, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, and silver. Their life expectancy is around 12 to 17 years.

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Origin

United States,1960’s

Also known as 

NA

Size 

Average, 4 to 7kgs  

Colours

Spotted coat with several colour variations including, black, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, and silver

Life expectancy

12 to 17 years  

Coat

Short, sheds   

Temperament 

Outgoing, playful, friendly

Exercise requirements

High 

Best suited for 

Households with time to give them company

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

Ocicats are usually outgoing and sociable. They are said to get along well with people and other pets if introduced early.  They love to play and climb so be sure to provide them with plenty of toys and cat trees for them to climb on and scratch. Because they tend to enjoy companionship, they can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living if they are given plenty to keep them occupied. Keeping your Ocicat cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure helps keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat. 

Grooming 

Ocicats have a short coat that sheds. Grooming with a grooming mitt once or twice a week will help you bond with your cat as well as help to remove loose hair. It is wise to gently brush kittens from an early age, so they become accustomed to it. Make sure your Ocicat cat is on year-long flea control and tick control if you live in a tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Ocicat, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Ocicat has a supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer drinking moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Ocicat to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2016 to 2020 included gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as seizures, allergic skin disease and urinary tract disease.   

Traumatic accidents including cat fight abscesses and claw injuries were also noted in the top five reasons for an Ocicat to visit the vet from 2016 to 2020. It may be possible to lower the risk of your cat from having a traumatic accident by keeping them indoors or in a cat safe enclosure. 

Table:  The five most common reasons for an Ocicat cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations), PetSure claims data from 2016-2020

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Gastrointestinal conditions

$435

$1,845

2

Traumatic accidents

$330

$1,399

3

Seizures

$190

$476

4

Skin conditions, including allergic skin disease

$205

$694

5

Urinary tract disease including Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

$235

$376

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Ocicat names, PetSure data 2010-2020. 

Most popular names

  1. Bella
  2. Enzo
  3. Felix
  4. Leo
  5. Akira
  6. Arthur
  7. Bundy
  8. Cadbury
  9. Cat
  10. Charlie

Most popular female names

  1. Bella
  2. Enzo
  3. Felix
  4. Leo
  5. Akira
  6. Arthur
  7. Bundy
  8. Cadbury
  9. Cat
  10. Charlie

Most popular male names

  1. Enzo
  2. Felix
  3. Leo
  4. Arthur
  5. Bundy
  6. Cadbury
  7. Cat
  8. Charlie
  9. Cino
  10. Dexter

Did you know?

Although they look similar, the Ocicat is distinctly different from the Bengal cat, who’s ancestry includes Asian Leopard Cat. The Ocicat has no wild cat ancestry, despite their wild appearance!

Where can I get an Ocicat? 

Ocicats cats are fairly uncommon in Australia. If you are looking for a feline companion, shelters generally have many beautiful cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Ocicat through a breed specific rescue. But check out your local animal shelter or rescue organisation where you may just find your perfect kitten or cat! 

References

  1. Cat Fanciers Association, The Ocicat, Accessed on 18/03/2021
  2. Wikipedia, Ocicat, Accessed on 18/01/2021
  3. Vet Street, Ocicat, Accessed on 18/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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