This Christmas I’ve decided I want a cat. But, I’m planning ahead on what kind I would like. I like cats because they aren’t quite as much responsibility as dogs, but they are just as fun. I’ve had cats before and I know how to take care of them and ensure they are happy. I would like a cat that’s very friendly and cuddly, that instead of doing its own thing all the time, would actually like to spend time with me. I’d like it to energetic and I could play games with it all the time. I prefer long haired cats, and size doesn’t really matter. What kind of cat do you think would be right for me?
Answer by Warren
Check into an Ocicat, they have SOME of the characteristics you seek. They are often described as having the soul of a dog in a cat’s body. Our daughters surprised us with one for Christmas in 2011, and she is a real trip! Follows me around the house, usually comes when called, loves to play fetch, always sleeps with us at night and often naps with one of us. We adopted her as an adult, and the breeder had her very well trained, she never jumps on kitchen counters and is perfect about using her litter box, and rarely scratches furniture. She is the best behaved cat we have ever known. We recently adopted Viola, another kitty from the same breeder, younger and not nearly as completely trained, but she is a wonderful companion too, also plays fetch, and now both of them sleep with us an night. Ocis are very intelligent and active, and they will expect you to play with them a lot. They bond very strongly to their humans, and hate being left alone. It is often suggested that if the kitty is going to be left alone for long periods, such as while their owner is at work, that they get two cats so they can keep each other company. Saphira (our first Oci) picked up on the fact that we are getting ready to leave, and complained loudly about it. Not nearly so much now that she has a feline friend. I have included links to their web pages, as well as some links to information about the breed.They are not particularly clingy, and Saphira hates being picked up, while Viola (our new girl) is OK with it. Both of them are absolute joys!
PS: Did I forget to mention their beautiful spotted coats? Even though they have NO wild blood (unlike most other spotted breeds like Bengals and Savannahs, which are hybrids of domestic cats crossed with a wild cat), they look like little jungle cats, just absolutely beautiful animals.