PG 68 FANCY FELINE
The Ocicat may sport a Cheetah-esque coat, but this sweet kitty is a lovely, domesticated feline that enjoys the company of humans.
BY CHRISTIANN PRIYANKA
contrary to its appearance, Ocicats aren’t as wild as they look. Surprisingly domestic, this cat breaks the stereotypes associated with most felines—it enjoys swimming and going for walks! The Ocicat was accidentally bred in1964 by Virginia Daly who intended to mate her Abyssinian with her Siamese cat to create an Abypoint Siamese. The result was a kitten that looked a lot like the small South American wild felid, the Ocelot. Tonga, the first Ocicat, was eventually neutered and sold as a pet.
Though most Ocicats are spotted, they also come in various patterns such as ticked, classic tabby, solid, and pointed. These cats also have an agouti coat, which means that each strand of hair is colourful with the exception of the tail.
Ocicats look wild in appearance, but possess a dog’s personality. Some of their favourite activities include retrieving toys and walking on a leash, which are very canine-like traits. Additionally, Ocicats are deeply loyal to their owners and extremely friendly. They love to follow their pawrents around and don’t mind being carried. Should there be a guest in its owner’s home, this kitty will gladly walk up to ask for pets and cuddles!
Intelligent and active, Ocicats should have puzzle toys to keep their minds occupied. These felines are so intelligent that they are perfectly capable of opening doors and undoing latches. Therefore, Ocicat paw-rents have to take extra measures to prevent their furkids from entering rooms or areas they're not allowed in. Ocicats are also very muscular, so they should be kept active with walks and games that will help maintain their muscle mass.
Since Ocicats are highly sociable animals, it would be a good idea to get two of them together.
These kitties crave attention and communication, and so would require a companion. As natural leaders, they may even become leaders of the pack, with even dogs following their lead.
This feline breed is generally healthy, but has
the potential to develop physical problems that stem mostly from its parent breeds—Abyssinian and Siamese. Some Ocicats have been known to suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, which leads to blindness. Ocicats can also suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a common heart disease in cats. Diseases they may inherit from their parent breeds include renal or liver amyloidosis and early periodontal disease. Therefore, it is important to brush this kitty's teeth frequently (at least once a week). Since this breed is muscular, it's not prone to obesity.
The Ocicat has a short and smooth coat, so grooming is relatively fuss-free. It usually needs to be brushed just once weekly. Giving baths to this cat shouldn’t be a problem either because unlike most cats, this kitty loves water! Ocicats are great pets for first-time owners and for families with children. As this feline is very loving and not at all ferocious, it'll get along with anyone in the family. The breed also adapts well to different environments, making it a great furkid for anyone who frequently moves.
FAST FACTS • Size Medium; 3 to 15kg. • Colours Blue, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn, and silver. • Grooming frequency Moderate; weekly brushing of fur and teeth, and trimming of nails. • Exercise High energy levels; can be taken for...
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