Jag Cats: Jag Cats For Sale! High intelligence. Large cat! Exotic & rare. Companion pets. Therapy animals. Little shedding. Smart, fast, agile, & affectionate. Family pets. Love attention. Children friendly pet.
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The Magnificent Jag Cat
The Mokave Jag Cat is a big, wild-looking feline with high intelligence and an easy-going, super-friendly temperament. The large size, heavy bone structure, dramatic coloring, and exotic markings bring to mind the elusive Jaguar; hence the name "Jag Cat." In addition, lynx-like features such as long ear tufts and huge heads add to the overall uniqueness of this breed. Jag Cats are bred for temperament first and foremost, as these cats are intended to be companion pets and can be placed in families with children and house pets.
With the Jag Cat, there is only one breeder developing and selling these cats at present. Her name is Nora Scholin, her cattery is called Mokave Cats, and it is Nora herself who initiated the development and continuous refinement of the new and exciting breed of feline called the Mokave Jag Cat.
Eventually, Nora does plan to open up the field to other breeders, but only when she feels that her breed standard has been fully realized—and then she will only permit the breeding and selling of kittens by others who agree to adhere to her strict breeding regimen, to ensure that the health and quality of the cats remains the same.
This breed of cat will be described from the actual originator of the breed.
Nora began her cattery in 2000 on an 80-acre wildlife preserve, producing her first litter of registered Jag Cat kittens in 2005. She used Bobcat hybrids, such as the Desert Lynx and Highland Lynx , as well as Asian Leopard Cat hybrids and Jungle Cat hybrids as her foundation cats. Each of these breeds contributed certain traits that helped to create the unusual Jag Cat “look.” (The large head, strong jaw, and stocky body of the Bobcat, combined with the height and length of the Jungle Cat, combined with the beautiful coat pattern of the Asian Leopard Cat, produces a feline that looks quite similar to a small jaguar.)
Over the years, Nora first bred for a friendly, non-aggressive temperament, then for spots, then for heavy bone structures (to support the Jag Cat’s larger size), adding additional features such as lynx-tipped ears, giant paws, large rosettes, and soft plush coats as the cats developed. While her current cats do demonstrate most of these qualities, Nora emphasized that the Mokave Jag Cat is still a “work in progress.” Her goal has always been to create the perfect human companion: an intelligent, social, genuinely loving, extra large, and drop-dead gorgeous feline that integrates well into individual and family homes.
Nora’s breeding program has been so successful that her Jag Cats are now being used as therapy animals for the blind and deaf, burn victims, disabled veterans, and families with autistic children. Jag Cats adapt well to harness training and have been taken into children’s hospitals, senior citizen centers, and elementary schools--much to the delight of the people who get to hold and pet them.
In 2005, the Rare and Exotic Feline Registry officially recognized the Mokave Jag Cat as a distinct breed. While the Jag Cat has not yet been submitted for recognition by other cat associations, Nora has been in dialogue with The International Cat Association (TICA) regarding the registration of the Jag Cat as an Experimental New Breed.
Mokave Jag Cats have been bred to be unusually large. The average weight of most males upon maturity is twenty-plus pounds, with some individuals reaching up to twenty-eight pounds of solid muscle. Females can look as big as the males but weigh a bit less. Most Jag Cat kittens display their first large growth spurt at five months and continue to grow for approximately four more years before reaching full maturity.
Jag Cat skin has a unique quality that few, if any other, breeds possess: a toughness that Nora’s own vet has referred to as “Rhino-skin,” which is particularly noticeable when the cat is being given an injection. Jag Cat fur is dense and velvet-soft with little or no shedding, and these unusual felines do not provoke reactions in many people who have cat allergies. Other Jag Cat oddities are the ability to change eye color more than once throughout it’s lifetime, coat colors that vary as the cat matures, and a coat pattern that can change with the seasons.
In Nora’s own words: “Mokave Jag Cats are really smart, super fast, agile as monkeys, and irresistibly affectionate! They have a wild ‘jungle’ look, yet make wonderful family companions. Most Jag Cats have golden-brown coats with dark spots, two-toned rosettes, or a tri-colored marbled pattern. Jag Cats also can have black spots on a black coat. Snow Jags have white coats with spots or rosettes.”
Also from Nora’s website come the following words about the Jag Cat: “Mokave's cats love attention! They will run to greet you at the door, follow you around the house, teach you to play fetch with them, jump in your shower or pool, sleep on your bed, and really enjoy hanging out with you.
“Mokave cats and kittens are fun to be around! They're like little kids with fur. Each one has its own personality, likes, and dislikes. The more you pay attention to them, the more obvious it is that they really want to communicate with you. These cats are much smarter--and usually more loving--than anything you can imagine. You really need to spend time with a Jag Cat to truly understand how different they are from other cats.”
To diversify my information about Jag Cats as pets, one of Nora’s customers, who has a five-month old black-on-black Jag Cat whom she calls “Lava,” and is awaiting delivery soon of her second, a Blue kitten not quite ready to leave home yet. This Jag Cat owner, Debbie, could hardly stop raving about how much she loves Lava, and how excited she is about the new arrival to come.
Debbie shared her life for many years with an Egyptian Mau , which she adored. When that kitty passed, she waited five years before selecting her next cat, and during those years, she did a phenomenal amount of research about the various breeds available to her. She said that purchasing a kitten online was a rather strange experience, but that the outcome has been terrific--for her, her husband (who claimed, until he met Lava, that he didn’t care for cats), the family dog, and everyone else who interacts with her very special kitten.
One of the first bits of information Debbie conveyed is that her Lava likes to help out in all areas of her home office. She is an adept typist, is great at pulling pages out of the printer, and she can also play “Three Blind Mice” on the piano. Debbie raved about the unusual sounds that Lava makes—for example, a warbling sound when she is jumping and pouncing on something. Like a dog, she greets family and visitors at the door, and follows them around from room to room.
Debbie commented that Lava seems to be totally fearless. One time she met a big Labrador Retriever at the veterinarian , and instead of having a startle reaction, she just calmly gazed at the Labrador. Like other Jag Cats, Lava loves to ride in the car, and she rides loose, but on a harness for her safety. She loves to perch against the headrest behind Debbie’s head and stare out the window. At night, she cozies up between Debbie and her husband.
Lava recently played for two solid hours with a little girl who came to visit, and played very safely with her. She does have “attitude” sometimes (don’t we all?), but she is mostly a big, friendly, outgoing, gentle “fur person” who is deeply loyal to her “skin people.” In summation, Debbie said, “She is just an all-around wonderful cat!”
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