Two Ocicat Classic cats sitting on a sofa.

Ocicat Classic Cat Breed

This large, beautifully marked tabby is very affectionate and makes a devoted companion.

A version of the Ocicat with markings in the classic tabby pattern rather than spots, this cat was recognized as a separate breed only comparatively recently, and is still not yet accepted as such by all breed authorities. The Ocicat Classic has the same history as its spotted cousin, being a mixture of Siamese, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair.

It is an energetic cat, with an enthusiasm for games and getting up on to high places. The breed has an excellent temperament and is highly sociable. An Ocicat Classic will not stay happy for long on its own, and is best-suited to a house full of people and action.

Origin: US, 1960s

Breed registries: GCCF

Weight range: 6–14 lb (2.5–6.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Classic tabby pattern in various colors, including silver.