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How much can I expect to pay for an ocicat? They are so beautiful!! Id like to learn anything and everything I can about them...both my husband and I are interested in getting one...any and all advice welcome!!
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Ballpark estimate....$600 for a nice pet quality kitten. There are at least 2 members here who have recently purchased Ocicats. They should be along shortly to elaborate.
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We got Charlie end of December - paid $600 for him (pet). When we picked him up the breeder informed us that she changed the Pet Contract so we could show him if we wanted to - he had gotten better then origianlly thought

He's neutered of course (breeder did him before we picked him up).

Most of the ocicat breeders I contacted for pets were running about the same price for pets - $600 (plus shipping if necessary).

They are GREAT cats - I know I'll always have an Oci in the house - I do want another one (Charlie is chocolate spotted), but a chocolate-silver one Be prepared for ACTIVE cats - if you don't have other active cats or a dog in the house, don't get an oci - they need attention and get bored quickly if they don't have someone to play with

They are very smart too. Keno (our lab) loves playing the "Find It" game in the house with treats. Charlie shadows Keno in the game looking for the treats too

There are several Ocicat breeders on the east coast - I can help you with breeder names/websites, since I checked about 7 breeders out looking for Oci's

I'd recommend you try to narrow it down on colors you like. Also Oci's come in the classic tabby and "ghost"/pointed pattern with spots and some that are ticked like the abys. Because the breed was created from Abys, American SH (for the silver gene), and Siamese, you still get the non-spotted patterns from time to time.

Most breeders will charge less for the non-spotted ones as everyone seems to be hooked on spots
post #4 of 11
I paid just under $900AU plus shipping for my show kitty, it's a rarer breed here in Australia so the price may be less in the US.

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Be prepared for ACTIVE cats - if you don't have other active cats or a dog in the house, don't get an oci - they need attention and get bored quickly if they don't have someone to play with
This is very true, Demetri requires 2 of his cousins to play with him at a time, they just can't keep up with him.

He is a very outgoing cat, not afraid of anything (often too bold for his own good )

Demetri is a chocolate spotted silver.
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Brandi, you have been given excellent information on the Ocicat. Below you will find a picture of my hot chocolate spotted female, Sadie. I have had Siamese all my life, but after having Sadie, I will never have any other than an Oci! FYI, I did pay a bit more for Sadie than what the others have paid for their boys. Here's what Sadie's breeder posts as a description of the Ocicat:

If you are looking for a fun loving, playful companion for yourself and your family, an ocicat or an abyssinian are the obvious choice. The most common terms used by new parents to describe their ocicats personality are social, dog-like, affectionate, sweet, playful, and intelligent. The most common terms for new abyssinian families is that they love to be with you all the time, be up high riding your shoulder and are humerously mischeveous. The social aspect of an ocicat and abyssinian personalities will have them greeting you at the door when you arrive home from work or when you have company come to visit. The affectionate aspect of ocicat and abyssinian personalities will have your kitten sleeping with you at night, on your lap or right beside you while you're working or lazing around. The playful aspect will have it zipping around with its toys or playing a game of fetch with you. The intelligence will allow you to train your kitten quickly to what ever rules you wish to enforce. Yes with training, they do use their scratching posts instead of your sofa. The scratch post should be large enough and fun to keep their attention. Should you also decide on a second kitten, at a later date, most of the time the older cat will do the training for you!! Most people say their ocicat or abyssinian is dog-like because they come to receive attention when you want to give it to them, not when you least want to, like most other cats do. I can't imagine a life without them.

The ocicat is a very dense muscular cat, that should be heavier than they appear. Ocicat size is average, most people think males are "normal sized" while females are "small", but they are heavy. Females average 7-12 lbs with most being 9lbs, Males average 11-20 lbs with the average about 13-14 lbs.
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thank you guys so much for your information...Soon my husband and I will be moving into our 5 bedroom 2 bath home with an acre of land our closing date is May 14...and then we will start our look for the perfect breeder...
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How do Ocicats differ from Bengals personality/temperament wise?
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Fuzz,

I got to take some pictures of Oci/Bengal at the show we were just in - will work on a separate thread on the differences
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How do Ocicats differ from Bengals personality/temperament wise?
Not that much. Bengals as a breed may be a little more needy for entertainment, stimulation and companionship. They are extremely owner oriented and can get upset when their people don't pay enough attention to them.

On average though, Ocicats, Bengals and Aby's all have the same type of temperament and personality.
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Not that much. Bengals as a breed may be a little more needy for entertainment, stimulation and companionship. They are extremely owner oriented and can get upset when their people don't pay enough attention to them.

On average though, Ocicats, Bengals and Aby's all have the same type of temperament and personality.
It sounds like Siamese could be added to that list as well. But then, didn't these cats have some of their origins in the Siamese?

Thanks!
post #11 of 11
Ocis were created from the aby x siamese - they got a spotted kitten - many think now that the spotted tabbies were from the siamese at the time, as they seemed to get ghost spotting as they aged.

The American SH was added to the gene pool, to give the cat more body/build, less refinement from the aby/siamese and to incorporate the silver gene to the original 6 colors - giving you a choice of 12 colors

The 6 basic colors are tawny (seal pt siamese/ruddy aby), chocolate (chocolate pt siamese/ruddy aby), cinnamon (chocoalte pt siamese/red aby), blue (blue pt/blue aby), lavendar (lilac pt/blue aby), fawn (lilac pt/fawn aby). Now add the silver to those and you get tawny-silver (or just silver), chocolate-silver, cinnamon-silver, blue-silver, lavendar-silver, fawn-silver.

The rarest colors are the blue/blue-silver, lavendar/lav-silver, and fawn/fawn-silver.
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