OcelotThe Ocicat is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate the cats of the wild, and is named after the Ocelot.

The Ocelot's exotic appearance is similar to that of the domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a Jaguar, with the grace of a Cheetah, its spots are reminiscent of the endangered species of the wild.

Origins of the Ocicat

The Ocicat resulted from an experimental breeding in the 1960s while attempting to produce an Aby-point Siamese, by Virginia Daly, a noted CFA breeder in Michigan. In one of the experimental litters a surprise, beautiful spotted kitten appeared. Mrs Daly's daughter thought the kitten looked like an ocelot and so the Ocicat breed was born. Using Abyssinians, Siamese and the American Shorthair, a medium to large, wild looking cat, but without any wild genes was created.

The out-crossing between the three breeds gives the Ocicat a very broad genetic background resulting in a particularly healthy, robust breed with the best bits of all three! It is a very solid and well-muscled, athletic looking cat whose short satin-sheened coat shows off its spots to the very best advantage.

The Ocicat was first imported into the UK in 1988 and is found all around the world today, popular for its temperament but wild appearance.

Is the Ocicat for you?

If you want an easy pet that you can leave alone all day while you go out to work, then probably not. This breed adores humans in an almost dog-like way and will certainly get lonely when you're not around. They are often considered to have the spirit of a dog in a cat's body.

They are friendly, confident and very outgoing, they will easily adapt to a household that already has any combination of other cats, dogs and children. They want to be everyone's friend and will quickly bond with any visitors you have, often marching straight up to strangers and announcing that they'd like to be petted. Whilst enjoying lots of attention they will be the ones to decide whether they'd like to sit on your lap or not!

Ocicats are exceptionally intelligent and easy to train.  Most can be trained to walk on a harness, come when called, speak, sit, lie down on command and a  large array of other dog-related tricks.  Ocicats are very playful and a total delight to be in the company of, making excellent pets for people who want to spend a lot of time with their cat, but they do require more attention than cats who aren't so people-oriented. The Ocicat will reward you that attention with love and companionship that knows no bounds.