Anyway, that's how it happened in 1964 with Virginia Daly of Berkley, Michigan. But she wasn't trying to make an Ocicat. She was trying to make a Siamese cat with Abyssinian points, and she was very surprised when one spotted kitten showed up. Her daughter called the kitten an Ocicat because it looked a lot like an ocelot. The kitten was named Tonga. He eventually got neutered and sold as a pet.
The Cat Fanciers' Association was the first group to accept Ocicats for registration, and by 1987, the cats could get to be Champions at cat shows. Lots of cat registries around the world now recognize the Ocicat. It has become a popular breed because it looks like a wild cat, but it has the nice temperament of a house cat.
Cats of this breed are friendly and outgoing. They are not shy around strangers, and they get along well with dogs and other cats. Ocicats are curious, playful, and active. They often bond more with one person in the household than with others. It's easy to take care of an Ocicat because they have short hair. Also, they don't have any genetic health issues.
Personally, I think Ocicats are cool-looking cats. I know some basenjis in Illinois who have an Ocicat brother named Malcolm. None of our cats are Ocicats. I would ask Mom if we could have one, but I am afraid she will just say that we have too many cats already, which we do.