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My ocicat, Boo

Updated on September 3, 2011

I have an Ocicat named Boo. I got him when he was about 3-years-old from a breeder (he is now 9). He had been returned by his previous owners and needed a home. I had just put my other cat down and was not really planning on getting another pet right away. But, a friend emailed a breeder and asked if they had any runts they were giving away. They contacted her with details about Boo. I had always admired how beautiful ocicats were and jumped at the chance to get him.

I find his temperament very much dog-like. He follows me around everywhere and is always extremely interested in what is going on. He hates a closed door and will try anything to open one. He has developed a taste for cardboard. He chews it and spits it out everywhere; a cardboard box is not safe when he is around. He can get quite aggressive at times after play and is very strong. I have a few scars from some of those encounters.

Boo Slideshow

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Blind Ocicat

Boo, due to what seems like a birth defect, is now blind. He does see shadow but basically has no vision left. However, that does not seem to bother him in the least. He doesn't walk into walls as often as he used to now. After meeting Boo for the first time it would take you a while to realize that he can't see. I only realized it after I noticed he had trouble finding toys when I threw them to him. The only thing he does differently that other cats is that he will not jump up on anything higher than he can reach.


Boo is definitely a comfort to me, he provides a lot of companionship and love. He is very affectionate and we always have to have at least one petting session a day. If I have not paid him enough attention he will sit right by my computer chair and meow at me. If I go sit on the couch he will jump up next to me looking to be petted and purring away. He doesn't lie on my lap but he will always make sure that his butt is touching my leg. At night he always sleeps right next to me, again making sure his butt or part of his body is touching my leg.

Now that I have had an ocicat I think it would be hard to go back to just an average tabby cat. My next cat will either have to be another ocicat or a bengal cat.


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    gaelowyn 6 years ago

    Our ociboy- cooper is just like your boo. Very doglike tendencies. Plays fetch for half an hour or more. He loves his people, but thinks of our smaller.tortie as prey. Thee are times when he must be thinking he is on the serengetti, bringing down big game. It's like watching animal planet in my living room.

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    rickzimmerman 7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    UW — Love your ocicat! (We have Devon Rex cats; you can see them in my hubs.) Since you are now the Canada Green Living Examiner, you might want to check out my Sustainable Architecture Examiner articles, or my sustainable design hubs. I've crafted over 65 so far, on sustainable architecture, environmentalism, green design, simpler living, etc. and would welcome feedback. Thanks! Regards, RickZ

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Boo is very handsome, and he knows it :)

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    rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Wow! Stunning markings on those bengals in the linked hub. Of course Boo is very handsome too.

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    Aqua 8 years ago from California

    I found the hub with your cat! Oh my gosh, he sounds like such a great kitty! How lucky you both are to have found each other. That's interesting about his cardboard fetish. I have not heard of that before. I can hear your love for Boo in this hub. He must be really special. Thanks for sharing him with us :)

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    MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

    What a gorgeous cat. Cute that he follows you around like a pup. lol. Loved the photos and the vid. ; )

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    Stacie L 9 years ago

    i learned something today;never heard of this breed before now; thanks;=)

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    Dave McClure 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

    A very handsome chap!

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    amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

    What a beautiful creature. I love that he follows you around, so sweet!

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    Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    What a beautiful friend! Great hub and thanks for sharing about your furbaby.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great Picture. Boo seems to be looking right out of them. How extra special that you are giving him a great home. He just look gorgeous.

    great hub regards Zsuzsy

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    Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    beautiful animal..also looks like my tiger cat who is 10yrs. now and I adopted from a 90 yr old man.  she is by my side all day and night..when at the computer she has a pillow on a chair to lay on, watching t.v. she is on my lap...jumps up to the arm of the recliner and waits for me to hurry up and get settled..whan I do get up she jumps to the floor and waits to see which way I am which way mom? almost trip over her sometimes...and at night she lays right on top of me..after a while I jest her down so I can roll over and get comfortable.  she is there all night.  Love the cats. G-Ma :o)

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    Wendy08 9 years ago

    do post more photos! =D