Ocicat Colors

All the world's cats are actually black, but nature has 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 background color.

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. Pictures are copyrighted by the photographer.



ebony silver
blue silver
chocolate silver
lavender silver
cinnamon silver
fawn silver
So what is a "hot" chocolate, you ask? There is a wide variety of difference in color in Ocicats, from very dark color to very red color. We call the degrees of color cold or hot, from dark to red. This is true, to a lesser or greater extent, in all the Ocicat colors.


cold chocolate

medium chocolate
hot chocolate
Ocicats have three "Any Other Variety" (AOV) colors: ticked, which is the background of the Ocicat (like an Aby) without spots, solid (usually has ghost spots), and classic patterned tabby. The Ocicat may also occasionally come in "ivory", or pointed, which may not be registered with CFA. The original Ocicat breeders wished to discourage the pointed cat in the genepool.




Many thanks to Barb Stewart of Auxarcs Ocicats for her contribution to the history of the Ocicat.

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