I have a 5 wk kitten that makes a growling noise like a wildcat. Can a Domestic cat breed with a wildcat or Bobcat?
on Jan 28th 2010
in Domestic Long Hair
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There are a lot of theories about whether or not a bobcat could mate with a domestic cat. Usually, a bobcat would consider a domestic cat as prey. But, people breed wolves with dogs, so it's not out of the question that smaller bobcat might mate with a domestic cat. However, your baby probably just makes that noise as part of it's vocabulary. I have 3 cats and two that purr (Lily doesn't audibly purr). Izzie "talks" when he feels like it and Delilah chirps musically when she's happy. You'll have to wait until the babies grow up to see if it's possible they're Bobcat hybrids, but the chances are pretty small. In any case, bless you for rescuing these little angels and good luck with them! Keep us updated and consider joining Catster to post photos. We LOVE baby pictures!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 1/28/10. Helpful? / 1
After giving birth to her kittens and weaning them, the usually cheerful and sociable Chibi (Maine Coon, purebred) has started growling at her kittens (probably to keep them away, now that they're weaned) and the other queens in the cattery. This is not unusual. And kittens often make growling sounds when playing. As for a hybrid between a wildcat or a bobcat, as Izzie says, the latter is controversial. Pixie-Bobs and American Bobtails are said to have bobcat blood, but genetic tests have failed to prove this. See www.messybeast.com or www.exoticcatz.com
There are "genuine" hybrids mated with other kinds of wildcats. Among these are the Bengal (Asian Leopard Cat heritage), and the Savannah (Serval). Some of these breeds are not recognized by certain registries such as the Cat Fanciers' association because the CFA doesn't approve of hybrids with wildcats. See hybridcatbreeds.com
Chibi answered on 1/28/10. Helpful? / 1
My Ragdoll and one of my Persians have been growling like a wildcat since last night when I brought home another kitten to join the family. I only mentioned their breed because clearly they have no wildcat blood. Although you usually do not associate growling with cats, they do it when they are stressed out and they don't feel that a hiss is enough to get their point across. It is kind of funny here though because the tiny kitten could care less if they growl. So whatever point they are trying to make is lost on her.
Lucy answered on 1/29/10. Helpful? / 1