Ocicat Resource


Ocicats look like small, wild, spotted cats, but are a domestic breed created by combining the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair. The typical coat is actually a spotted tabby, in colors ranging among tawny, cinnamon and chocolate. Intelligent, devoted and very sociable, these housecats get along well with people, dogs and other cats. They are bright, easily trained and responsive to voice commands, and readily adapt to household rules.

Breed Details

Ocicats come in all the colors associated with the parent breeds: tawny, cinnamon, blue and fawn from the Abyssinian; chocolate and lavender from the Siamese; and each color on a silver background from the American Shorthair.

The short, satiny coat requires no special grooming. Frequent petting will help to remove dead hair and leave the coat shiny.

National Breed Club:

Ocicats of North America; www.abcs.com/catoninetail/ona


Exotic in looks only. Intelligent and easily trainable, this breed adapts well to homes with dogs and other cats. They travel well and are not bashful with strangers. Ocicats thrive on human interaction and therefore do not do well in homes where they are left alone for long periods. They talk like a Siamese but do not have the same raucous voice.


A large, athletic cat with an extremely muscular body. The head is a gently curved wedge with a squared muzzle and broad nose, much like the ocelot it mimics. The coat is short, with a satin sheen that shows off the pattern. Spots on the body are shaped like a thumbprint and ideally scattered randomly over the body. Classic, or marble, patterns occur in Ocicat litters but are not showable. Like any other tabby, there are stripes on the legs, rings on the tail and vest buttons on the belly, as well as dramatic facial markings. All markings should be clearly defined against the lighter background color.