Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 28, 2016
Buddy was my very first Ocicat. He showed up on our doorstep while still a kitten. He was starving so I began to feed him and eventually persuaded my mom to let him indoors. The final kicker was that my then-17-year-old cat Albemarle readily accepted him.
Buddy is very friendly and affectionate (Ocicats are doglike in their personalities and ease of being trained), just the sweetest cat he could be. However, he is an Ocicat and if you get one of these, you need to read up on what they are to be prepared.
Though he's calmer than he used to be (older with lots of playmates), he was superenergetic when he was younger, to the point of being hyperactive and jumping all over Al, leaping all over the place and knocking things over. We had to do organized play with him to keep him down to a dull roar. He was right up at the level of a Bengal. He didn't calm down until after Al died and I got a younger cat who could play with him.
Another thing is that he is a water cat. He plays with the water bowl all the time. This requires refilling the water bowl frequently and putting it in a cat litter box to avoid soaking the floor. I have a feeling these were issues that resulted in his original owners abandoning him. This poor, sweet cat nearly starved to death before he found his forever home with people who were willing to work with his breed-specific personality and needs.
I can't stress enough that an Ocicat is a classic example of making sure you research a breed before you get one.