December 11, 2008
I Can Haz Follow-Up?
Posted by scott at December 11, 2008 10:43 AM
The lady with the cat who bit Santa came forward with vaccination records, so at least kitty is safe (for now) and Santa doesn't have to get shots. Bonus: owner claims cat is "half domestic, half bobcat." Well, if the records are to be believed, there's a vet in Jersey somewhere who bought it. I don't.
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My question (primarily for Ellen, but I'll throw it open to the peanut gallery here):
Can Felis cattus breed with Felis rufus and produce offspring?
And if so, will the offspring be sterile (like mules are)?
Mark - They're actually now considered to be Lynx rufus, but in the Felidae family.
As to your question, it appears that some of the subspecies do.
http://zipcodezoo.com/Animals/L/Lynx_rufus_californicus/ This link actually references a study that talks about the interbreeding. Check out the similar species section.
On the plus side, they're both diploid with 38 chromosomes, so it should be possible.
Considering you can take a Serval and mix it with domestic short hair cat and get a Savannah? Anything is possible.
Get your cat vaccinated, get your license and assume if you have a 1-3 generation wild cat,expect things to happen.