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Hybrid Cats As Pets

Hybrid Cats As Pets


Do hybrid cats make good pets? A hybrid cat is the result of crossbreeding a wild cat with a domestic cat. This combination does not occur naturally. If you play God and create a species that shouldn’t exist, you’d get exactly what you’d expect. Quite like the controversial issues faced with puppy mills, hybrid cats used for breeding can face the same poor quality of life. They are forced to live in a cage the majority of their lives and they are rarely ever socialized. These cats can suffer from illnesses and live in filthy conditions that are rarely detected since they are not the subject of inspections. During the breeding process the domestic cats that are forced to breed with wild cats can be killed. Many pregnancies are aborted or even absorbed by the mother cat’s body when nature determines that there’s something wrong. Kittens are often born prematurely due to the variance of the gestation periods between the wild cats and the domestic cats that have been interbred. Many of the first generations are sterile, especially males. In some cases, breeders may kill kittens born with an undesirable appearance, or simply just drop them off at a shelter. If your sole purpose is money, there is no doubt that breeding a hybrid cat will bring in thousands of dollars. Why would you breed a domestic purebreed cat for, let’s say, $200 when you can breed a hybrid that can bring it in as much as $22,000. This quest for high profits leads many breeders to house too many cats under poor conditions, and leads to poor genetics, and more and more are interbred. You want to put a wild cat in your home? That will become its territory. A hybrid, marking its territory, is very instinctive whether it’s a male or a female, and most owners are unprepared for the reality of living with the smell of the wild constantly surrounding them. Hybrid cats are also known to be extremely destructive; common complaints are ruined furniture, clothing, and personal items. They are still wild animals. They still need to eat raw meat. They won’t use the litter box, and they most definitely won’t let you cuddle with them, or play with them. Hybrids don’t always get along with other pets, and have been known to hunt them down, even causing injury to neighborhood dogs and cats. The elderly and small children are seen as weak and vulnerable to attack, as any prey would be in the wild for these cats. They have sharp teeth and claws, and instinctively will use them. Many people goes as far as declawing or removing teeth to make these guys safe to keep in your house. You cannot breed the wild behaviors out of a Serval, Asian leopard cat, jungle cats, or Jofferies cats by interbreeding them with a domestic cats for a couple of generations. When a buyer spends thousands of dollars for a wild-looking cat, they get exactly what they are paying for: they get a cat with wild tendencies. When the frustration overcomes the owner, all too often, they’ll look for an easy way out: they’ll have the cat euthanized when they can’t find a rescue or a shelter to take them in. Some have been known to simply let them loose, forcing them to survive on their own. It’s a sad, cruel fate for these cats through no fault of their own. Finding a veterinarian to take care of an exotic animal is not easy, and when you do, it’s expensive. Hybrid cats have health concerns that aren’t normal to domestic cats, including respiratory issues, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive issues. Vaccinations have not been approved for hybrid animals, since it’s not known if regular vaccinations will protect them. Many medications don’t work on these wild cats, either. With an estimate of over 4 million pets being killed each year in shelters, there is no need to breed hybrid cats. These cats rarely work out as pets and all it’s doing is adding to the overpopulation issue that we have in our shelters. If there’s a home available for a pet, it should be for an appropriate, domestic pet not a wild animal. Here at Big Cat Rescue, we have a few hybrid cats on property where they will now live, love, and be respected as the wild cats that are truly meant to be. If you want to learn more about hybrid cats, volunteer, intern, donate or simply learn more about us and our mission, visit BigCatRescue.org today. EDITED-AP-DQ

Comments (7)

  1. Playing G-D at animal expense, all because of greed . Human are never satisfied. humanly greed cost animal lives . Shame on you breeders got nothing better job to do

  2. My cat is one but I found her in the streets idk if is a hybrid because is it mix of a breed and the domaistic cat

  3. Wow
    Drag the cat not drag the screen so I could have a Free hybrid cat

  4. Nice video, I didn't know you could capture footage with a potato.

  5. I have to ask- what do you feel about the bengal cat?

  6. Wild animals are so beautiful and perfect in their original form. People who keep captive wild cats and breed/sell them are despicable. I'm happy they were rescued and hope they recovery well.

  7. My sisters bengal is just like a normal cat but she is an F6 and bought from a reputable breeder Some serval owners are very responsible and give them the habitat they need, they can cope with spraying destructive behaviour and would never dream of declawing them and are willing to commit to 20 years which is their lifespan but others are just irresponsible and a lot of breeders arent known for scruples and its horrible. Well done on all your work

  8. While I can understand your view on hybrids, your commentary is pretty slanted. I have 2 Savannahs an F2 and F4. They have never sprayed the house. Always use the litter box. They are friendly, eat a normal diet. The F2 does get custom cooked meals from Nom Nom but has no problems eating canned food as a snack. My F4 wont even touch my F2s food, and eats high quality dry food with the occasional canned wet food. They are both super affectionate, while the F2 wont cuddle he will sleep next to me or hang out next to me on the couch while I'm watching a TV or playing video games. My F4 will cuddle. They are high energy, but work most that off chasing each other around. While initially cautious of guests they adapt quickly and act like any other normal cat. I've taken em on cross country road trips in my car to visit family. They adapted quickly to the new residence. Used the litter box once I showed them where it was located and were friendly to my niece and nephew. To say hybrids are wild and uncontrollable is completely false. They can in fact make great pets. In fact both my Savannahs are more tame then my domestic cat.

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