Ocicat Breed

If you are looking for a friendly and playful cat that has similar temperament as a dog, you are looking for a ocicat cat.

Ocicats are often not shy around strangers and get along with other animals just fine. Many enjoy a game of fetch and enthusiastic with toy. They are not against walking on lease and harness. Best of all they are known to come when called, sit, lie down, speak on command and other common dog tricks. The breed is often describe as a “dog in a cat’s body”. If you are looking for a cat to ‘rehabilitate’ a dog person, you have a very high success rate with an Ocicat.

The Ocicat is a very unique breed with appearance of a wild cat but is without wild DNA in its gene pool. The feline was first breed by Virginia Daly, an American from Berkley, Michigan in 1964, in an attempt to produce an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese. The second generation produced a spotted kitten and nicknamed ‘Ocicat’ by the breeder’s daughter for its similarity to the Ocelot. More similar spotted litters were produced by the parent cats and these litters formed the basis of Ocicat breed.

Later breeders introduced American Shorthairs Silver Tabbies gene into the breed and gave the breed their silver color, bigger bone structure and the distinctive markings known today.
Today the Ocicat is found all around the world, favored for its friendly nature but wild appearance.

The standard colors for the Ocicat breed are tawny, chocolate and cinnamon, their dilutes, blue, lavender and fawn, and those with silver are black silver (ebony silver), chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. One of the most distinctive ‘wild’ features of these cats is the dark contrasting spots.

Ocicats are described as having a modified “wedge” head that is longer than wide. Their eyes are almond shaped. with ears tilted at a 45 degree angle. They also have large, impressive bodies, strong legs with dark markings, and powerful, oval shaped paws. Despite they are heftier than expected, Ocicats are very agile and keen to play. This is a breed suitable for family even with a couple of other pets thrown in as well.

Famous Cat Lovers’ Quotes, Part 3

Despite frequently getting in the way and occasionally inflicting a few cat-scratches, cat and its human remain the best of friends. This is the 3rd collection of beautiful words from devoted cat lovers on one of the most cherished pets in the world – cat. Please be sure to read the first and second parts too.

‘Those fortunate enough to have been touched by its mystique will agree that once the strange Oriental magic of the Siamese cat has been revealed to them, they will forever remain in its enchanted spell…’ … The Fabulous Siamese, Joan Moore, 1986

‘Siamese are a special breed and should be kept as such – the same may be said of the Manx and the Blues. All attempts to cross these cats with other breeds should be discouraged.’… 19th century British Cat Expert Frances Simpson

‘A cat should be handled gently and kept as calm as possible during the judging. Women are naturally more gentle in their methods, and more tender-hearted. When my pets are entered in competition, may some wise, kind woman have the judging of them!’ … Helen Winslow, 1900

‘I am not a friend, and I am not a servant. I am the Cat that walks by himself and I wish to come into your cave.’ … The Cat That Walked by Himself, Rudyard Kipling, (1865 – 1936)

‘Cats are distant, discreet, impeccably clean and able to stay silent. What more could be needed to be good company?’… Marie Leczinska (18th century)

Siamese Cats

The Siamese with the distinctive point coloration, was once believed residing only in the Royal Palace of Siam – hence – the earlier name of Royal Palace Cat. It is said that they were the offspring of a union with an albino domestic cat belonging to the King and a black temple cat, or some say, an Egyptian cat. The resulting ‘Siamese’ were then appointed as guardians of the Temple and closely confine to keep the breed pure. It is said that transmigrating souls of Siamese Royalty occupied the body of Siamese cats.

Most early Siamese displayed one, two, or three kinks in their tails. It was said that His Majestic King of Siam prizes most highly the unusual kinked tail of the Siamese cat. The myth of its origin is that a Royal Siamese princess of long ago, whilst bathing, placed her rings for safekeeping, on the tail of her favorite cat who obligingly ‘kinked’ it for that purpose! The ‘kinked’ feature has been bred out through careful selection and matching.

The earlier traditional Siamese often carried another distinct inherent feature – the squint – is said to have originated when the priests of ancient Siam set the temple cats to guard a valuable vase. The cats carried out their duty for so long and with such dedication that their eyes became permanently crossed! The squint feature has pretty much been bred out for modern Siamese too.

The Siamese cat comes in two distinct variations: traditional, with an apple-shaped head and a rounder body; or the modern Siamese – the more stereotypical and iconic representation of the breed – while retaining the point color pattern of traditional Siamese, the modern Siamese have been carefully bred to have an elongated, slender, and muscular body, a large triangular head set on slender neck, wide -set blue almond-shaped eyes and large ears.

Modern Siamese are social, affectionate, intelligent, and devoted cats. Often described as more dog-like, they enjoy a game of fetch and often form a strong bond to a single person in a household. Siamese is very unlikely to dish out a nasty ‘cat-scratch’ while in play due to their intelligence and friendly nature. Some Siamese are extremely vocal and persistent in attention seeking. Their cries are sometimes mistaken to be the cries of a human baby.
They are often described as ‘extroverts’. Siamese cats, due to their social-loving nature, may suffer from depression if unattended for long periods of time, and it is advisable to keep Siamese cats in pairs so that they can keep each other company.