How to Groom An Ocicat Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Ocicat Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Large

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Ocicat has a short, smooth coat that is dense and glossy. Its fur is soft to the touch and has a spotted pattern that resembles that of a wild cat.

Ocicat cat

The Ocicat is a stunning breed that is known for its wild appearance and playful personality. These cats have a muscular build and a short, spotted coat that comes in a variety of colors, including cinnamon, chocolate, and silver. They are highly active and love to play, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets. Ocicats are also very intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or even walk on a leash. They are social creatures and enjoy spending time with their owners, often following them around the house or curling up in their laps for a nap.

Grooming Tools for Ocicat Cats

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12

A Guide to Grooming Your Ocicat Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Ocicat once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Ocicat occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Ocicat Cat

Bathing an Ocicat is a breeze! These cats have short, sleek coats that don’t require much maintenance.

Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose fur or debris.

Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.

Gently wet your Ocicat’s coat and lather up the shampoo, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.

Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry.

That’s it! Your Ocicat will be clean and shiny in no time.

How Often Should I Bathe My Ocicat Cat?

You should bathe your Ocicat cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s natural oils and prevent skin irritation.

How to Trim the Nails of an Ocicat

  • Tools needed: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Ocicat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat’s nail starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat treats and praise throughout the process.
  • Aim to trim your Ocicat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Remember, if you’re unsure about trimming your cat’s nails, consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian for guidance.

How to Clean the Ears of an Ocicat

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Ocicat securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift one ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Ocicat with a treat or playtime for being a good sport during the ear cleaning process.

To keep your Ocicat’s ears clean, avoid using Q-tips or any other object that can push debris deeper into the ear canal and cause harm. If your Ocicat displays any discomfort or pain during the cleaning process, halt immediately and reach out to your veterinarian. Additionally, if you observe any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your Ocicat’s ears, it may be a sign of an ear infection or other health issue, so it’s best to contact your veterinarian.

How to Brush the Teeth of an Ocicat

  1. Start by getting your Ocicat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once they are comfortable, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  3. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Be gentle and patient. If your Ocicat becomes agitated, take a break and try again later.
  5. Brush your Ocicat’s teeth at least twice a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: At least twice a week.

Ocicat Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative treatment to keep your cat protected

Matted Fur

Ocicats have short, dense fur that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently work them out, starting at the tips of the fur and working your way towards the skin. If the mats are too severe, it’s best to seek the help of a professional groomer.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Ocicats have short, sleek coats that require minimal grooming. However, they may be prone to skin allergies and irritations. To prevent this, make sure to use a high-quality, hypoallergenic shampoo and avoid any harsh chemicals or fragrances. Regular brushing can also help remove any potential irritants from their coat.

How Often Should I Brush My Ocicat Cat?

You should brush your Ocicat cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat shiny and healthy. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Ocicat Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Ocicat cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and skin, which has a different pH level than a cat’s skin. Using human shampoo on your cat can cause skin irritation, dryness, and even allergic reactions. It’s best to use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.

Do Ocicats like to be held?

Ocicats are comfortable with being carried around if they are in your company. Like any other animal, they exhibit a range of personalities, with some being more reserved than others.