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Oriental Cat Breed

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Oriental Cat Breed

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Oriental Cat Breed

The Oriental cat is a Siamese type cat but in a variety of coat colours, instead of the colour points the Siamese has. The breed was first conceived in the 1950’s in the United Kingdom where breeders wanted a Siamese type cat but in different colours. Siamese were mated to other breeds such as the Russian Blue, Abyssinian, domestic shorthairs to achieve this and the first “oriental type cat” was the Havana, a beautiful brown cat.

Ocicat Cat Information
Just to confuse matters a little, the Oriental is known as the “Foreign Shorthair” in the UK. White “Orientals” are known as “Foreign White” and brown Orientals are known as “Havana”. Orientals also come in longhair, aptly named “Oriental Longhair”. This article refers to Oriental Shorthairs (Foreign Shorthairs) only.
Orientals were imported to the United States in the 1970’s and the CFA accepted them for championship competition in 1977.
Oriental Cat grey and white

Appearance of the Oriental Cat:

The Oriental is a medium sized, svelte cat. It is fine boned but muscular with a tubular shaped body, long, slender legs with small oval shaped paws, long thin tail tapering to a point. The head is wedge shaped, with large ears forming a perfect triangle and almond shaped eyes.
The coat should be lie close to the body, be soft, fine and glossy, with no trace of a coarse texture.

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Ocicat Cat

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Ocicat Cat

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Ocicat Cat

The Ocicat cat will cause you to take a second look, but you are indeed seeing a small spotted cat, and he’s not wild. Far from it. This cat was created through crosses between Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair cats. And he’s named after the ocelot, a small South American wild felid, but he’s all domestic cat.

The Ocicat is one of those happy accidents that sometimes occur in cat breeding. In an attempt to achieve Abyssinian points in her Siamese cats, breeder Virginia Daly crossed a sealpoint Siamese and a ruddy Abyssinian in 1964. The resulting kittens looked like Abys, and when she crossed one of them with a Siamese, she got not only Aby-pointed Siamese but also one kitten who had an ivory-colored coat dotted with gold spots. She named him Tonga and sold him as a pet, but when repeat breedings produced more spotted kittens, they became the foundation of a new breed. American Shorthairs were also used in their development, to add greater size and bring in the silver color.

Ocicats were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association in 1987. They are also recognized by all other cat registries.

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