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Oxycat cats (Ocicat)

Variety:
Oxikat cats

Country of origin:
USA

Colours:
Silver, Blue, Chocolate, Yellowish Brown, Light Brown

Personality:
Cute, friendly, affectionate, adaptable

Weight:
5-6 kg

Longevity:
12-14 years

Other names:
Ocicat, Ocelot cat

Hypoallergenic:
No

The Ocicat cat looks like a wild cat, which is what fascinates many cat lovers. Although on the surface it may seem that these cats are as wild in character as they are in appearance, this is not true. Oxicats are the epitome of affection and appreciate the companionship and attention they receive from their owners. They get along well with children, are happy to interact with other cats, and can also get along with a pet dog or other animal in the house. Although solitude is not very popular with Oxicats, these pets can spend the day alone while you are at work.

History of the breed

The Oksikat cat breed was formed by accident – in 1964 an experimental programme was carried out. The original name of the breed was „Accicat“ (translated from English, the word „Accident“ means „accident“), later the root of the name was changed, – from „Accicat“ transformed into „Ocicat“ due to the similarity with the ocelot. Virginia Daley, one of America’s most famous breeders, tried to cross the Abyssinian cat with Siamese cats as part of an experimental programme – she hoped that the kittens would be born with the markings of Siamese cats, but the experiment failed. The breeder did not give up and decided to cross the kittens with Siamese cats. Although the result was not as expected, it certainly did not disappoint – this created a completely new breed of cat, which very quickly attracted interest. In 1966, the breed was recognised by the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) and in 1987 they received full recognition and the right to participate in exhibitions. In 1988, the first of the breed arrived in Great Britain and since then it has grown rapidly in popularity. The first Oksikat cats in Lithuania appeared much later – only in 2009.

Oksikat cats: appearance

Oksikat cats have an exotic appearance – at first sight they look very much like leopards, cheetahs or ocelots. The most important feature of these cats – the spotted coat, which is short and sleek. Oxicats are bred in a variety of colours, but it is essential that the markings on the coat are sufficiently clear and distinct. The spots on the muzzle and underbelly are usually paler in colour than the body as a whole, while the tip of the tail is the darkest part of the body. Interestingly, the colour of the tip of the tail is a clue as to what colour the cat is. Each hair of this cat’s coat is several different colours, and the colours blend together to form the spots that are the real decoration of the cat’s coat. The eye rims shall be darker than the cat’s coat and the stripes on the forehead shall form the letter „M“. The tail of the Oxicat cat shall be decorated with darker „rings“ formed. The wild look of the Oksikat cat is not only due to its coat, but also to its graceful, easy gait. The body of these cats is very elegant, Oksikat cats are not large, but very robust and muscular. They usually weigh between 5 and 6 kilograms. The chest of the Oksikat cat is broad and deep, with the back of the body slightly higher than the front, giving the impression that the cat is constantly hunting. The legs are medium-long, sturdy and the paws are oval. Head triangular, long, muzzle broad, clear lines. Tail long, growing smoothly from the base, tapering very slightly towards the rear.

Oksikat cats: character

Oksikats are generally active and playful, but if feeling unfriendly, they can be aggressive and prone to biting. Unlike most cats, it is not recommended to pick up a Oksikat. It is best to treat them like kittens and leave them alone; they tend to run away if they feel trapped. In addition, this breed should not be left in cold climates as it is susceptible to hypothermia.

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