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The African Jungle Cat Hybrid: Domesticated Feline with a Wild Appearance,
High Intelligence and Dog-like Personality

Not just any old domestic cat, the Jungle Cat Hybrid is a cross between a domestic cat and an African jungle cat. The Jungle Cat Hybrid differs in appearance and personality somewhat between generations, with the first generation called an "F1."

This first generation is the offspring of an African jungle cat and domestic cat. The resulting kittens are 50% jungle cat and 50% domestic cat. These cats are "wild" and not recommended for pets.

The second-generation kitten, the "F2," is the offspring of an F1 kitten and a domestic cat. The resulting offspring are then 25% jungle cat. These cats still retain many "wild cat" characteristics, can be dangerous, and will generally not behave domestically.

The third-generation kitten, the “F3,” is 12.5% jungle cat (the offspring of an "F2" cat and a domestic cat), and the fourth-generation kitten, the "F4," is 6.25% jungle cat. Male jungle hybrids are usually sterile until they are F4s or F5s, so they can't be bred until they are of a later generation.

Beginning with F4 to F5 cats, African Jungle Cat Hybrids can be considered domesticated, although some experts warn that breeders can never fully guarantee that these cats will be totally domestic in behavior. Many owners have had to relinquish pets they were assured were domesticated when "wild" (dangerous) behaviors became a problem. Even if not behaviorally dangerous, these cats may have problematic behaviors such as refusing to use the litterbox.

Physical Description
African Jungle Cat Hybrids "look wild." They look like smaller versions of wildcats, with powerful, lean bodies, long necks and legs, and large, often tufted ears. Although they can vary in size, they're usually larger than domesticated cats with F1 generations weighing about 20 to 30 pounds, and F2 from 18 to 25 pounds.

• Jungle Bobs
The "Jungle Bob" cat is an F2 generation African Jungle Cat Hybrid with a bobtail. They look like wild bobcats, but they get their unique bobtail characteristic when the F1 female is bred with a bobtail such as the American Bobtail, Manx or Pixie Bob.

• Jungle Curls
The Jungle Curl is another of the African Jungle Cat Hybrids, with curly ears rather than tufted ears. This can be a cross between the African jungle cat or a Jungle Cat Hybrid like the Chausie and a domesticated cat like the American Curl or the Canadian Hemingway Curl. Other domesticated cats such as the Bengal, Serengeti, Abyssinian and other Jungle Cat Hybrids can also be used.

Notably, the Hemingway Curl is a version of noted author Ernest Hemingway's cats, many of whom had more than the usual number of toes, call polydactyl, which appear because of a naturally occurring mutation.

Temperament
Proponents of these cats state that generations of selective breeding give late generation African Jungle Cat Hybrids their wild appearance and intelligence, with a sweet and affectionate temperament, rather than one of fierce independence. They have the dispositions, most often, of domestic house cats. However, because they are so intelligent, they need your devoted attention and frequent stimulation. It is important to play with your Jungle Cat Hybrid to make sure it does not get bored – especially in kittenhood.

Despite their wild appearance, these cats are very dog-like and can actually be much more, not less, obedient than the average house cat, as well. Proponents say that you can teach the Jungle Cat Hybrid to sit, fetch, walk on a leash, or even to "shake paws." This active cat loves to be physically challenged, as well, so you can play tug-of-war with it, to your pet's great joy.

Above all, your Jungle Cat Hybrid wants to be a helper to you at all times. As your smart little shadow, it will learn to figure out anything it finds intriguing, and – again, perhaps surprisingly – will want to please you. The more attention you give, the more it will want from you.

In addition, unlike most domestic cats, African Jungle Cat Hybrids love water and will want to take showers with you, play in small pools, or otherwise dabble whenever given the chance.

Health and Diet
African Jungle Cat Hybrids are often very healthy because of their varied genetic backgrounds, although they may be prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other health problems like irritable bowel disease that leads to chronic diarrhea, and progressive retinal atrophy. Gingivitis, mouth sores, and oral cancers may also be a problem, especially with pets that are not fed raw diets. Raw diets allow pets to properly chew and cleanse teeth; wild diets (complete with raw bones with consistencies like tough cartilage) contain natural tooth and gum cleaners for your pet's natural good health.

While more dilute, later generations can be fed commercial high-quality cat food just as any domestic cat would eat, earlier generations should be given high-quality raw meat and poultry with some vegetables but no pork. All cats, however, can benefit from a raw food diet that focuses on high-quality meat and poultry, with some vegetables for proper "wild" nutrition. Your veterinarian can also give you tips on proper diet.

Laws for hybrid ownership
Laws vary by state and even county for hybrid cats, especially F1 to F3 cats. In addition, although breeders say that F4 and later generation cats are "domesticated," experts on animal sanctuary warn that it's not quite that predictable. Behavioral issues can remain that make pet ownership problematic, and for that reason hybrid ownership may be severely restricted or even made completely illegal. Check with local ordinances to ensure that you can indeed own a hybrid, and make sure that your breeder guarantees that the kitten you get is at least an F4 or later-generation cat.

References
The African Jungle Cat.
http://www.junglespots.com/resources.html.
Retrieved December 27, 2014.

The Cat Site.
http://www.thecatsite.com/t/236186/early-generation-chausies-jungle-cat-hybrids-aficanjungle-cat-x-domestic.
Retrieved December 27, 2014.

OWNING AND KEEPING WILD CAT HYBRIDS IN THE USA.
Retrieved December 27, 2014.

WHAT IS AN AFRICAN JUNGLE CAT HYBRID?
http://junglebobkingdom.weebly.com/about-ourbreed-jungle-bob--jungle-curl.html.
Retrieved December 27, 2014.