Hybrids are crosses between domestic cats and any of a number of species of wild cats. They are often categorized by how many generations they are removed from the original wild individual and can act and look quite different depending on how great a percentage of their bloodline is wild. A bengal cat who has a domestic mother and an Asian leopard cat father is 50% Asian leopard cat, 50% domestic cat. If it is then bred back to a 100% domestic cat, those kittens will only be 25% Asian leopard cat and so on. Wild cat breeds and hybrids can be a handful, and some jurisdictions do not allow them. Think this over carefully.
Cats have been selectively bred for appearance and temperament
thousands of years, no doubt starting with the first good mousers who
themselves useful in the first farmhouses. Recently all sorts of
exciting varieties have been developed including several hairless
breeds and some fabulous felines like the Singapura which is one of the
smallest. Along with different domestic cats
there are an assortment of wild cat/domestic cat crosses (hybrid cat
breeds) that add lots
of spice to the mix. Exotic cats are in vogue too. Many of the
varieties of cats listed here are pedigreed and recognized by the Cat
Association(CFA), the world's largest cat organization. Check them all
out in our exclusive -CatStats-
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should never be outside cats. Hairless breeds like the Sphynx are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors. Docile breeds like the Burmese may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom. So what do YOU think ....Inside Cat or Outside Cat? Comment Here...