September 21, 2009

Surge in supercats as domestic pets mix with with wild breeds | Mail Online

Britain is experiencing a surge in supercats as traditional breeds are mixed with larger, wild cats, it has been revealed.

Traditional, domestic pets are increasingly being replaced by new breeds that are crossed with African or South American wildcats.

However, animal welfare groups have warned that the 'novelty' trend could pose a danger to other pets and even small children.

Enlarge   BDBDGF Savannah cat (Felis catus X Leptailurus serval)

Two of the savannah breed. They are the most popular supercat and are bred from a serval, a cheetah-like wildcat found in Africa

We read a lot about what happens to children when dogs go "bad". Are we setting up children for more injury by allowing these larger cats to be bred. Although they may enter homes without children, we all know there will inevitably be neighbors and visitors. And cats like this that get outside cannot be fenced in!

Peter Neville, an expert in pet behaviour from the Feline Advisory Bureau, said: 'Cats are predators. I wouldn't be happy with a savannah around a small child, because of their genes and their size.

'They are going to do a lot more damage than a normal domestic cat. Their paws are bigger, they are stronger and they will bite deeper. Just because you can tame one, doesn't mean you can tame them all.'

The RSPCA has claimed that the savannah 'could prove to be dangerous'.

A spokeswoman said: 'Where a wild cat or a wild breed of it is then being brought into a domestic environment, there is always going to be concerns about that animal's temperament.

'You don't always know what you're going to be getting. We would advise anyone thinking of getting a different sort of cat or a novelty animal to think about it extremely carefully.

'You need to know what you are doing. There are concerns about it.'

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5 comments:

  1. My brother saw a cougar a few weeks ago. When he looked it up on the net he was surprised some have been seen in the area it is not a zoo escape. We thought the nearest of these over 2k miles away. ( in the Rockies ) we do have problems with dogs mating with Wolves and Coyotes as once they mix with dogs they lose the avoidance of man. You would know though Fi Cougars can't mate with felix domestica can they?

    btw for once I'm not joking I don't know.

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  2. Good question Sid - and rather scary. I checked up and thought this might answer that question ;)
    http://www.messybeast.com/genetics/domestic-bigcats.htm

    Phew!

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  3. OMG! Even worse than ordinary cats! Theres been lots of sightings of a puma round here, but there are loads of escapees living wild now, just hope I don't bump into one!!

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  4. It's very irresponsible to breed an animal of which we, as the general public, know little about. And it is usually the case that exotic breeds and the more unusual breeds are often owned and bred by people who don't know enough about what they're doing.

    CJ xx

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  5. I know this is an older post, but I am a new follower and wander thru your archives. I am a vet tech and now work at an all feline practice, and I say if cats were as big as dogs, they'd have bad reputations. They are fighting machines and good at what they do. Just as dogs, they are domesticated to a point but when perceive a threat, do only what is natural to protect themselves.

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