I have always been a cat person, as I type now my new kitten is franticly attacking my fingers as they type. It is currently incredibly hard to keep focused and write this as she is attacking, playfully I might add, everything. She is a cross between a Bengal cat and a Pixie bob and subsequently the wild cat in her can't help coming out when she plays despite how much of a people she is. Her markings are quite remarkable with spots and stripes more akin to a leopard than anything else with the fur flicks at the top of her ears so synonymous with Bobcats. I wouldn’t trade her for the world, but I genuinely had no idea what her heritage meant when I got her, just that I liked the way she looked. On more of a whim than genuine curiosity I researched the two breeds that she was crossed between and found that I may have something more akin to a cub than a kitten. With growing excitement and slight terror for the furniture in my house I researched more and more, though there is very little out there on this particular cross, I found this entire world of Hybrid Cats that are perhaps more wild than domesticated.
So based on this I Alexandre Rodriguez present for your enjoyment,
The Top 5 Hybrid Cats
Perhaps the first Hybrid to mention is that of the Bengal Cat. With its origins from the cross breeding of the wild Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic house cat, this breed represents on of the bigger Hybrids available. The House Cat is named after the Asian Leopard Cats Species name, Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis, rather than after the Bengal tiger whose colourations are very similar to the house cat, more by intent of the breeders than by an accident of genetics. This breed has a house cat temperament, if not just a little bit more boisterous, providing that it is separated from the Asian Leopard Cat by at least 3 generations. If it isn’t separated by at least that many generations the cats temperament will be a lot more wild, subsequently a licence is often required for ownership as well as raw meat supplemented into the diet. One of these Cats can grow upwards of 15 pounds easily capable of dwarfing normal moggie house cats.
Price: If you decide that one of these little brutes, said in the most affectionate of ways, is for you, you can be expected to part with anywhere from £500-£2000. The price depends entirely on the purity of the cat and how closely it is related to the Asian Leopard Cat.
This Savannah Cat is a breed between a Serval (an African wild cat). This species of House Cat is more akin with a cheetah in colouration and more like with a dog in its mannerisms and domestic behaviour than a typical house cat. Capable of learning tricks such as fetch and walking on a leash, this pet is defnately a more active commitment, though an incredibly loyal companion. The first Savannah cat was bred by breeder Judee Frank in 1987 by crossing a female Siamese cat and a male Serval. This species has since been increasing more and more in popularity and was defined as a distinct species in 2001. This species is the largest of all Domestic House cats with its tall slender appearance giving it the illusion of a bigger size despite its lesser weight than some other hybrids, although this species at self can weigh in at 30 pounds. Like with most hybrids it colouration and appearance depends on how separated it is from its wild ancestry. The more Serval in the cat and the more closely related it is, the greater its wild appearance. It is perhaps worth noting at this point some of the more surprising abilities of this cat. They are capable of leaping about 8 feet from standing this cat is known for getting up on top of high places like fridges. They are also capable of learning to open doors and cupboards, something worth considering if you think this species is for you. Like the Bengal the more closely related this cat is to its wild ancestor the more raw meat that is required in its diet. Interestingly Australia has banned this species for its enhanced hunting skills as it may threaten local wildlife not already threatened by smaller House Cats.
Price: The price of these cats is quite frankly extortionate ranging from £900 to £35,000 depending on how much Serval is in the Cat. Though it is one of coolest breeds of cat.
The safari cat is an interesting hybrid breed. It is a cross between a South American Geoffroy's cat and a domestic house cat, usually another hybrid like a bengal. This species is incredibly rare due to the fact that the first generation of males are infertile and the female's litters are rare. The look of the Cat very much depends on the breed that is started with as the domestic component. Breeders generally attempt to make the cat look as close to a Geoffroy's Cat as possible with a domestic cats temperament. These cats like most hybrids are extremely intelligent and use their paws as hands to get into things. This hybrid is smaller than others averaging at around the same size as a normal domestic house cat. That being said this inquisitive species is perhaps more suited to domestic life than the other hybrids as its size doesn’t have to be an extra consideration.
Price: Due to the genetic problems associated with breeding this species they can be pricey. The price can vary from £5000 to £8000. Though this is still cheaper than some other species.
The Pixie Bobs inclusion in this list is slightly debatable. The Breed founder, Carol Ann Brewer claimed that the species is the offspring of naturally occurring American Bobcat hybrids. However genetic testing of certain members of this House cat species have found that they were not related. Either way this species of Cat resembles the American Bobcat and is large for a house cat ranging in at around 11 pounds. With interesting colouration such as whiskers starting off black and changing colour further down, as well as fur starting off one colour and changing to white to look like tipped highlights, it is definitely an amazing looking cat. These cats are highly intelligent and are Capable of learning to fetch and understanding human commands. These sociable creatures are good with pets and children and It is defiantly a species and it is defiantly a species to get if you want the look of a wild cat without the trouble of some of the other Hybrids.
Price: These Cats can typically go for £400 to £1500 meaning that they provide a cheap alternative to other Hybrids.
The Toyger is a relatively new species of Cat. Although this species was created through the selected breeding of tabbies, and would therefore have very little if any wildcat in it, I have selected this breed for its wild appearance. Breed by Judy Sugden originally this species was intended to look like a smaller version of a tiger, with breeders around the world attempting to further this goal. The breeders are currently attempting to turn the stomach of this breeds whiter as well as a more general appearance more similar to a tiger. This species is off a medium size and has a typical house cat personality. They also strangely love to play with water, a trait seen in normal wild tigers though whether this trait is intentional or coincidental I don't know.
Price: These cats price from £500 to £2500, so are not as expensive as other breeds of cat.
I am not an expert in Cat breeds, so if I have made any glaring mistakes please don't hesitate to comment if I have made a mistake and I will correct it.