All my other cats are shelter gotten cats.
Actually, that is true. The Ocicat is the only 100% domestic spotted breed to emulate a wild cat.
CFA does not recognize the Bengal as a breed, and has not been approached by a group of Bengal breeders to do so. However, it is our understanding that the Bengal breed has some "wild" or "non-domestic" cats in its recent heritage, and CFA currently has the following policy in effect. This policy would most likely have a negative effect on the acceptance of the Bengal as a breed:
"The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc., does not encourage or promote the breeding of non-domestic (wild) cats of any species to any domesticated cats.
Furthermore, The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. will not consider for registration the offspring of such a breeding."
The Household Pet category at CFA shows is intended for random-bred cats. Although the Bengal is not registered by CFA, they are involved in a formal breeding program. Additionally, it is our understanding that the Bengal breed has some "wild" or "non-domestic" cats in its recent heritage. Even though the wild cats may be several generations in the background, CFA still considers the Bengal cat to be "feral" and CFA's show rules prohibit feral cats to be shown at a CFA show.
Yes, Sadie is a hot chocolate Ocicat. In referring to "domestic," I mean that the Ocicat does not have any wild blood in it.