Originally Posted by TiffanyL
I went to a (CFA) cat show this past Saturday and loved seeing all of the Ocicats there. I first thought that they were Bengals and then one of the owners told me they were Ocicats and that Bengals were not in CFA. What is the difference between these two breeds (they look so similar to me) and why are Bengals not in CFA? I'm just really curious.
CFA doesn't allow any hybrid breeds. In this case hybrid, meaning mixed with a wild breed. Bengals are descendant from the Asian Leopard Cat. If you really look closely, most bengals look completely different from ocicats. The head structure, body build, color and pattern are distinctly different. Bengals also come in a variety of patterns: Spotted, Rosetted and Marbled. And also a variety of colors: Brown, Seal Mink, Seal Sepia, Seal Lynx, Silver, Blue and Melanistic.