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Let's see those Oceli

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Can some please explain what ocelli is? Sorry if its a dumb question but im clueless. im thinking something with the spotting or ears. Anyways any explaination would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks =)

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Not a dumb question at all Todd :) Ocelli are the lighter colored lines, slashes,
or spots in the middle of the back of a cat's ears. Some are more visible than others; the darker the cat's color, the more likely ocelli are visible. Sometimes ocelli are quite visible as a kitten and fade as the kitten grows. The higher generations will have the most striking ocelli markings, but I have seen some lower generations have some pretty remarkable ocelli! Plain old domestic cats can have ocelli too.

These pics illustrate ocelli in an F7A kitten, a blue spotted domestic cat, an F4C, and F7SBT.
I am not sure if these are Savannah oceli or just tabby cat markings. And may be they will fade as he gets older. But right now at 12 weeks they are looking pretty pronounced and I think they look quite cool. My kittens name is Moggie and he is from an oops litter. Mom is said to be f7, no idea what generations would be A or B, Dad is unknown.


Based on the way the oceli markings usually fade a bit with every generation further away from an ancestor that carried this trait in a pronounced way, I am guessing the gene or genes for the oceli pattern are co-dominate?

Does that mean the genes for this can be carried as a recessive gene and the oceli markings can sometimes pop up in later generations more pronounced in the offspring than is visible on either parent?


Staff member
I don't know that there has been any study done on oceli genes, not that I am aware of anyway, but in my experience pronounced oceli are the luck of the draw - one kitten may have them and his littermates not so much...