December 11, 2008
I Can Haz Follow-Up?

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.

Posted by scott at December 11, 2008 10:43 AM

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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)?

Posted by: Mark on December 11, 2008 11:26 AM

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. 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.

Posted by: ronaprhys on December 11, 2008 12:34 PM

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.

Posted by: ellen on December 11, 2008 09:51 PM
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