Supercats that may still be too wild for a family home

By | September 23, 2009

Supercats that may still be too wild for a family homeMild-mannered moggies are increasingly being replaced by new breeds in which African or South American wildcats have been crossbred with domestic cats.

Despite price-tags of up to £6,000 for new kittens, breeders report waiting lists of up to six months.

The savannah, the most popular, is bred from a serval, a cheetah-like wildcat found in Africa. It can grow three times larger than a domestic cat and can jump 7ft vertically. …

“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 all.”

Claire Bessant, from the FAB, said: “This is a scary trend. The savannah is a big cat that is close to the wild. We are introducing something that is likely to have issues and it worries me a lot.”

An RSPCA spokesman said: “The savannah cat is likely to exhibit a range of temperamental characteristics from both domestic cats and the wildcat species, and as such could prove to be dangerous.”

Beth Skillings, from Cats Protection, said: “Any new wildcat hybrid is likely to retain traits related to its wildcat ancestry.”

via Supercats that may still be too wild for a family home – Telegraph.

Perhaps crossbred cats will become the new attack dogs.

One thought on “Supercats that may still be too wild for a family home

  1. arjay001


    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1gVtQlZqTk&hl=en&fs=1&]

    We had this Savannah cat come into the local shelter a few months ago. It was the most self assured cat I have ever seen. He got into the dog kennels and walked down the row of dogs like Sunday in the park. The dogs just watched him walk by without making a sound (very odd). Later he had no reaction to a dog rushing him. One cool cat. We had him in the house for a few days and his greatest love was to sit in a lap. He was very mild mannered. He was adopted very fast and is muched loved in his new home. You Tube has a few videos of Savannah cats and Servals posted.

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