All the world's cats are actually black, but
genetics has slipped in some modifying genes that cause the differences
in what we see. So, breeders used those modifiers to create the
Ocicat as a ticked (agouti) cat with spotted tabby pattern. These
beautiful tabby cats come in black, of course, but also, through
genetic modifiers, come in chocolate and cinnamon too. The Ocicat
gets modifiers for dilution from both the Abysinnian and Siamese,
creating blue, lavender and fawn, and modifiers for silver from
the American Shorthair part of its heritage, creating all six
colors on silver, ebony silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver,
and their corresponding dilutes, blue silver, lavender silver
and fawn silver. The colors are all named for the spot color with
the exception of tawny, our black color, which is named for the
That means the Ocicat comes in 3 basic colors
that can be expressed 4 ways, for a total of 12 designer colors.
We have placed some examples below.