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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:58 PM
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My housecat/bobcat hybrid
Morrison's Mom was in heat in a Colorado mountain town and a bobcat came through the kitchen window and mated with her. Morrison was the only one in the litter. He weighs 26 lbs. and is the SWEETEST kitty cat. He loves kittens and saturates them with spit when he licks them. He is 10 years old.

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Spinzonner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:01 PM
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1. Maybe he ate his littermates in the womb
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:08 PM
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5. LOL nt
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:04 PM
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2. Our cat weights 35 pounds
He is similarly HUGE. Not just fat and furry, but HUGE. Big head, big paws...big everything.

We've often wondered if he's part bobcat (we got him at a shelter).

How do you post pics. I've never really known how.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:06 PM
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3. His huge paws was the first thing I noticed
You have to post the pic on a server and then you paste the link into your chat message.
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:48 PM
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24. Thanks, I did that
There's a picture of Billy Bob posted later in this thread.

It doesn't do him justice, though. He needs to be seen to be believed.
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jukes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:14 PM
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10. jjmalonejr
feral cats in australia, imported to combat rat/mouse infestations since they have no natural enemies there, frequently weigh 35 #. bet your guy is an ozzie; offer him a fosters! that shd verify!
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JaySherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:20 PM
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15. Photo hosting website
www.photobucket.com offers free image hosting. Once you've uploaded a photo to the site, just copy the link into your post.

Now let's see some pics of that monster cat :D
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:41 PM
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21. Thanks, JaySherman
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 08:44 PM by jjmalonejr
Here's our monster cat (if this works)

His name's Billy Bob.


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JaySherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:44 PM
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22. FYI When you paste the link.
Make sure it's just the link itself, and not any html code or tags.
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:45 PM
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23. Yeah, I figured that out
Thanks for the tip on photobucket! Great resource!
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JaySherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:49 PM
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25. Wow. He is gorgeous.
Got a bit of a mane on him. Bet he even scares dogs.

:)
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jjmalonejr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:51 PM
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26. Yes, he scares everyone...
...until he runs away from them in fright.

He may be big, but he's a real scaredy cat. He has NO IDEA how big he is.
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Cybergata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:07 PM
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27. He is adorable....
you just gotta love those big kitty cats who think they are still kittens!

:hippie:

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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 12:02 AM
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30. I love Tuxedo kitties! n/t
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:46 PM
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38. I bet he's a Ragdoll
Ragdolls are the biggest domestic breed of cat. They max out after four full years of growth, often at 25-30 pounds. He's 35 lbs, you say? Yikes. He looks a lot like our one-year old Ragdoll Muji--same ruff, same kind of face (they're sweet cats but not very friendly-looking!), just different coloring.

Does he follow you around everywhere? Does he like to drop toys in his water? Does he have a very melodious voice? Does he go limp and relaxed when you pick him up? If so, he's a Ragdoll!
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:35 AM
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41. No, not a Ragdoll...
Ragdolls have light brown bodies with colored "points" like Siamese. Sometimes they also have white paws and/or a white mask across their nose and mouth on top of the dark mask on their face. It is possible that a mixed-breed cat could be half-Ragdoll and have that sort of black-and-white "tuxedo" coat, but not a purebred Ragdoll.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:08 PM
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4. That's one big fucking cat
And he's cute too
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:09 PM
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7. Yes, and a pain to sleep with
He sees me getting ready for bed and he jumps right up and stakes his claim immediatly. I gave up trying to get him to sleep elsewhere, I should have known better.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:09 PM
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6. That's One Big Hairy Cat
He looks handsome though.
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jukes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:11 PM
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8. Roon
magnificent animal. you're really lucky!
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:13 PM
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9. I love your black kitty-he looks like my Reno!
:D
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jukes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:18 PM
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13. RationalRose
thanks. tonio is no longer w/me, but he was the best friend i've ever had. miss him daily.


i have many more now, mostly ferals, but there will never be another 'tone.

!su gatos son mas bonita, tambien!
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:34 PM
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20. Oh, I'm so sorry
he was a handsome boy!

Thank you-i have two very sweet boys.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:25 PM
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17. Thank You!!
I have been wanting to post Morrison's pic for like a year. Finally got around to taking his picture just today.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:16 PM
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11. I see that as a loose definition of 'mated'
:shrug:
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:18 PM
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14. Hey, that was pretty clever.
n/t
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:16 PM
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12. Well, I can see
like most males he hogs the remote also.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:27 PM
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18. LOL.cute!! n/t
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JaySherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:24 PM
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16. Should have named him Cartman.
"I'm not fat! I'm big boned!"

Seriously though, he's a really cute kitty.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:28 PM
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19. Thank You
I simply adore him.
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:15 PM
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28. I had a Bobcat when I was in school
Mercury Bobcat - what kind of mileage do you get with the hybrid? :evilgrin:
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 12:00 AM
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29. LOL
I thought you were serious at first. Morrison has a million miles and he's good for another million!
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 02:14 PM
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35. his eyes freak me out
well, not his eyes, but the eyes in the picture. :evilgrin:
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 12:09 AM
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31. How did they now a bobcat mated with it exactly?
:shrug:Did they walk in on them enjoying a post sex smoke :smoke:
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:49 AM
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34. My friend heard the racket...
Edited on Tue Jul-20-04 04:56 AM by Roon
and came downstairs to investigate. She saw the bobcat flee the scene out the window.The bobcat tore through the screen to get to her. Mama wasn't outside the whole time she was in heat and if you saw this thing's paws when it was born....He also has a very "growly" "raspy" meow and his head is HUGE.

Everytime a newcomer comes to my house, I ask them :Do you want to see the biggest cat you'll ever see in your life? It's a lot of fun to see their reactions. I have yet to have anyone claim they have seen a bigger cat.

On Edit:It was a vet who said that it's very possible for a housecat and bobcats to mate and that is what confirmed it for us.We didn't go as far as having a genetic test, but there are breeders out there who sell/show these type cats and genetic testing is a MUST!
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 01:44 AM
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32. I cannot imagine this happening, but I'll take your word for it
I would have thought that a bobcat would have considered a housecat to be prey. But your cat is really a beautiful kitty and you are very lucky. What a lovely color and such a sweet face. He sounds like an exceptional cat, also in temperament. Cherish every moment. I lost my kitty in February and still miss her terribly. ;(
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:41 AM
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33. I lost two kitties last year
within 4 months of each other.We had to put Dolly down because her kidney was failing. Then four months later Piggy quit eating because my lover and I broke up and we had to put HIM down. Didn't know that a kitty could commit suicide. :-(
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 04:20 PM
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37. I am so very sorry! What a terrible time you have had
I have been there, as well. Last year, I lost both of my cocker spaniels within six months of each other. My beloved Barney was 18, but it still hurt so much. It still does. Then my Sheena suddenly became sick and, despite all the extraordinary veterinary intervention I could find, I lost her as well. I feel your pain and sympathize. :hug:
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 07:18 PM
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39. Thanks for the kind words
So sorry about your puppy dogs :-(
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 05:35 AM
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44. Thank you. I still miss them terribly
I now have a tiny Brussels Griffon, a rare little dog, but he is also rescue. I thought Sheena was lonely after we lost Barney, so adopted him, but it turned out that she had Cushing's Syndrome, which made her hyper. But they did bond; he just loved her so much and slept behind her on her bed. He misses her terribly and now insists on sleeping behind me in my chair when I am typing on the computer. :-)

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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:40 AM
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42. Bobcat-housecat crossbreeds are not unknown...
...as a matter of fact, there's a new cat breed, the Pixie-Bob, that claims to be the result of such crossings (although there's some dispute about those claims).

http://www.catsinfo.com/pixiebob.html
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 02:43 PM
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36. My in-laws had one of those but it was different
They called it "Bengal" and it had a huge head and scared the hell out of me because it would stare at me from atop the fridge with piercing eyes. It would dissappear for weeks on end then finally never returned. Weighing in at around 25 pounds with huge paws it must have kicked kitty butt all over the county.
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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 08:00 PM
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40. What a beautiful cat!!
Yes, bobcats and domestic cats can mix. So can servals and domestic cats, and lynxes and domestic cats.

The Pixie-Bob is a breed of cat that was developed from bobcat/domestic cat hybrids.

Tucker
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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:45 AM
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43. Are the offspring sterile, like mules?
Or can then keep breeding?
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