Thanks Nial and Sadie
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Slightly off topic (but related). Mentioned to Nancy about how well Demetri was doing in the shows. She was not surprised by the size of your Ocis - she agreed that using the bigger Abys was probably the reason they were bigger then the American Oci's
I asked Nola for her thoughts, here is (some of) what she said.
I also find our cats are bigger than overseas cats. I think this is because we feed them raw beef, chicken, kangaroo, etc. I think a lot of overseas countries don't have the supply of fresh meat for cats like we do. And the other factor is muscle growth - we more often than not have lots of room for our cats to jump, run, and generally work up lots of big muscles, which in turn are encouraged by their diet of red meat and other good things.RE the theory of being outcrossed to Aussie Aby's
As far as I know I am the only Oci breeder in Australia to have a Supplementary Breeding Permit which allows me to cross-breed back to the Aby. I have only two lines going from this cross - One is only 6 months old, but already a pretty big boy. The UK import, is not as big as my boys, nor is the NZ import.
The NZ breeders do a lot of cross-breeding back to the Aby which is good for the health and strength of the Oci breed
There was one breeder who tried cross-breeding a few years back without much success and is now not breeding.
And remember, the Oci is meant to be a medium to large sized cat - so that's how we breed them!!