The ocicat is an agouti (ticked), spotted or classic cat with stripes on their legs, tails and neck. As you watch an Ocicat walk across the room not only the spots, but the lithe movement resembles a wild cat with its shoulders rolling and muscles rippling.
The ocicat is a medium to large sized cat.
The ocicat can be any of the following twelve colours: Tawny, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Cinnamon, Fawn, Black, Silver, Blue-silver, Chocolate-silver, Lilac-silver, Cinnamon-silver or Fawn-silver.
Ocicats are known to be very loyal and intelligent, leading them to be described as having a dog-like nature. Ocicats can learn to fetch, walk on a harness/lead and even learn how to perform tricks!
in 1964 the ocicat breed came about by accidentally cross-breeding the Abyssinian and Siamese. Later the American Shorthair was introduced for the silver gene. However, the accident created this beautiful new breed which was quickly recognised and registered as a new breed in America in 1966. In 1990, the first ocicat arrived in New Zealand.