Featured Employee Pet: Ritter the Ocicat

by Melissa R. on March 7, 2012

Ritter the Ocicat

Ritter the Ocicat

Employees at Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies share their passion for pets by writing stories and experiences about their own pets here on our Pet Blog. Learn more about their pets in our Featured Employee Pet Series.


  • Name: Ritter (After Ritter Sport Chocolate, not John Ritter!)
  • Owner: Melissa & Kevin
  • Breed: Ocicat – Chocolate Spotted Chocolate Variety
  • Age: 2
  • Birthday: October 14, 2009
  • Weight: 13 lbs


  • My Favorite Treats: Liver Treats, Milk (just a tiny bit but GOSH I love it, I will purr & purr & purr and wrap myself around you while you eat your cereal, just to be sure I get some)
  • Favorite Things: The bed, toys, the food bowl, and my brother & sister.
  • Traits: Ritter LOVES to play, usually early in the morning. He can often be seen “zooming” through the house like a holy terror. He loves to race up the stairs as fast as possible. Quite often he’ll play fetch with his toys, and loves to go careening into the next room trying to catch the toy. He’s a real goof ball and a constant source of entertainment!
  • Hobbies: Sleeping in the little cat bed, Sleeping in the bigger cat bed, Sleeping on the bed, Playing with any number of toys, Waking Melissa & Kevin up at 4am, Playing with the sheets (See video!).


  • Siblings: Mocca (Border Collie), Cirrhi (Ocicat), Kai (Domestic Shorthair)
  • How I found my home: Melissa & Kevin brought me home from Indianapolis on an AIRPLANE on Valentine’s Day 2010. I spent my first night away from where I was born in a motel room, hiding under the bed. I was lured out briefly with the “Sparkle Wand.” Thankfully, the plane ride was brief because I did not care for it one bit! Read about my first few days in my new home here.

Ritter and his many goofy ways

Ritter and his many goofy ways

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Judith Taylor March 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

Wow Ritter is beautiful and seems ready for anything. High energy and fun are two words that come to mind. Thanks Melissa and Kevin for sharing your story about being owned by Ritter, there is nothing more fun or beatutiful than being owned by a cat! #CELEBRATE.

Karen M March 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I loved reading about Ritter and the video. He does seem to be a good source of entertainment. Maybe he should have his own Facebook page. Just a thought. Your article about Ritter made me smile.

Thanks for sharing.

Isaac M March 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Looks like my old cat goonya

def. should have his own facebook page



Carol Myers March 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I am very glad to meet you little Ritter! You look like my little Fastball!! I also like your milk story! 🙂 Purrs!!! #CELEBRATE

Carol Myers March 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Hi Little Ritter! I was very pleased to meet you. You look like my little Fastball. I especially like your milk story. purrs!

Nancy McKinney March 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm

He’s a pretty cat and has a sweet face. I love it that some of his hobbies are sleeping on different size beds (along with being quite active). Looks like he likes the dining table, too (a favorite place for my cat Tiger). Who doesn’t love a cat?? Thanks for sharing Ritter’s story.

Karen O'Connell March 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Wow what a beautiful cat, looking forward to adopting a cat in the near future~Gotta love those sparkle wands~!~#CELEBRATE

Aaron Douglas March 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

Wish I wasn’t allergic to cats or else I’d have one!! 🙂 Ritter looks like a sweetie. #CELEBRATE

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