Bobcat Hybrids are rare felines with wild and domestic features. Highly intelligent, friendly cats, they have spotted or marbled coats in a variety of colors. With a variable tail length, these cats can weigh up to 28 lbs.! Fully mature in 3 to 4 years, they are very playful and can be leash-trained. No permit or declawing is necessary.
As with any breeding effort to produce a hybrid cross between a domestic cat and a wild bobcat, a good measure of caution must be used. First of all, size of the offspring must be considered to ensure the safety of the mother cat. Second, it is important to know the risks of producing an animal which could possibly be banned in certain parts of the country. Third, with the complications of an unnatural genetic blend a worrisome predicament, the health of the litter must be prioritized above all else.
These are some of the many concerns a professional breeder must confront. Add to these the uncertainties of venturing into such perilous biological activity with a wild species, not to mention the dangers of provoking unpredictable, or worse, injurious behavior, and you will begin to appreciate the intimidating circumstances of this unprecedented exercise.
Wild Bobcats exist in many parts of the country and are allowed to roam freely despite their status as untamed beasts. However, like bears, wolves, snakes and other highly dangerous wild animals, we accept the risks of living side by side, respecting their rights to survival without our interference. Granted, we sometimes must intervene if, for instance, a bear makes a pest of itself by raiding a neighborhood garbage can or other inappropriate target like a camp site, a vehicle or someone’s indoor kitchen! When you live in the country, near the woods, or in close proximity to tropical swamplands, it becomes somewhat commonplace to read about instances where animal rescue workers were engaged to transport a moose, a coyote or an alligator away from homes or roadways to prevent inadvertent injury. In such cases, danger existed for residents, drivers and animals alike.
What may not be widely known about bobcats, though, is that they naturally shun human involvement when they reside in the wild, keeping a safe distance to ensure their own peaceful existence. While many may question why bobcats are not relocated to areas away from human development, it is wise to remember that the bobcats were here first. Many generations of these animals have learned to survive in the areas in which we now see them, scavenging for food for themselves or their young. If we were to relocate a bobcat to a different region, other animals who claim dominance over that territory would attack the invading creature driving it to try to find refuge from injury, disease or death. This would spell the demise of the beautiful species we know as the bobcat.
What purpose do bobcats serve besides scaring us in our newly built neighborhoods? Bobcats are excellent rodent hunters who maintain a balance of nature designed by centuries of cohabitation. Absence of the bobcat would exacerbate the presence of rats and other highly undesirable vermin who, unlike the bobcat, invade our privacy and well-being. Rats and mice introduce filth, excrement and deadly disease to our otherwise clean environments, and wreak havoc on the construction of our homes by gnawing through wood, electrical wiring and other vital components of our civilized lives. Their droppings also provoke allergic reactions in people whose immune systems may be compromised, typically children and senior citizens.
While bobcats will naturally avoid contact with people, like any type of wild animal, they will be attracted to available food, whether left unattended as scattered refuse, as droppings from fruit trees, or as the uncleaned remains of a cookout or picnic. This is normal behavior for any type of animal, wild or domestic, including dogs, cats, deer, bears, racoons, birds, and skunks, to name just a few.
Although you may be fearful that a bobcat may attack, during the time that records have been kept for over a hundred years, no such incidents have ever been reported. Of course, if you were to approach newborn kittens of a wild bobcat, you can be sure that the mother bobcat would defend her young to the death. This is common in nature. Any mother will protect its young from suspected danger.
To give you some frame of reference, a bobcat is similar in size to a coyote, roughly less than forty pounds at maturity. Both of these animals are carnivorous, meaning they will eat meat. However, if hungry enough, they will also be omnivorous, which means they will basically eat anything. By definition, carnivorous animals always seek prey which is a fraction of their own size.
Annual U.S. statistics show that of the five million domestic dog attacks recorded each year, twenty will result in human death. That means that your child is much more susceptible to injury by someone’s pet dog than it is from attack by a bobcat or a coyote. Looked at another way, statistics support the probability that a family dog will be 100 times more apt to kill someone than the innocent bobcat.
This information has been presented as perspective on what to expect from the breeding of a wild bobcat and a domestic cat – which is a new, still largely uncharted, scientific endeavor. From comments available online by people whose domestic cats were unexpectedly impregnated by a roaming bobcat, the resulting kittens when socialized and restricted to indoor life, exhibited intriguing characteristics but none that could be described as threatening. Besides reports of cuteness, exotic markings and a hefty build emulating that of the bobcat parent, grades for enjoyment were quite high. In fact, nothing negative was stated whatsoever.
All human companions to these bobcat hybrids which were produced by a chance of nature recommended isolating kittens to an indoor existence to protect their safety, maintain your retention of such an unusual pet and to prevent any outside factors from influencing behavior contrary to domestic expectations. Also, if local ordinances restrict harboring what would be considered a “wild” animal, it would be best to comply with pertinent laws. Common sense would also dictate that other small pets not be kept within the same household and small children should be supervised at all times. If you wish to expose the bobcat hybrid to outdoor activity, it should be done so with the use of a leash or harness. As with any pet, dog or cat, your conscientious training efforts to provide guidelines to such an animal would be highly advised throughout the pet’s entire life.
So, with all the above in mind, your next step should be to contact a reputable breeder who has undertaken this monumental challenge of creating a species that mixes all the physical characteristics of the exotic bobcat with the docile nature and affectionate traits of a domestic house cat. An in-depth discussion with such a professional should include details about the success of the reproductive process, knowledge about the parents, experience with the kittens, medical issues to anticipate and temperamental inclinations to contend with. As unique an experiment to produce the bobcat hybrid has been for the breeder, so too will be the long-term adoption of such a rare creature for you and your family. Make sure it is a step you are prepared to take for the health and well-being of all involved.
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