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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-05-09 11:22 PM
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Bobcat & Domestic Kitten - I might be getting one
My SIL's friend just had a litter of kittens that they are pretty sure their father is a bobcat. Obviously no proof, but some of the kittens were described to me as looking like this:



some of them were just different shades of black. She's going to take us to see them. Has anyone possibly had some contact with kitties like this? And if so, are their personalities any different? More aggressive? Concerned because we have a 2 year old daughter, and an aging dog. I have had cats own me previously, my last one died a couple of years ago and my daughter has been asking for one.

I've also considered these: http://www.softpaws.com / they're covers for your kitties claws
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-05-09 11:30 PM
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1. urban myth
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-05-09 11:46 PM
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2. While it's theoretically possible to have a genetic bobcat/domestic cat hybrid
Edited on Sun Apr-05-09 11:47 PM by Lyric
with fertile offspring (as both bobcats and domestic cats have 38 chromosomes) there are other barriers to this ever being accomplished outside of a laboratory. I can almost guarantee one thing: if there ever IS a genuine bobcat/cat hybrid, it's not going to be a case of a male bobcat mating with a female domestic cat. Note the size difference:



Mating would be almost impossible by sheer logistics, and the birthing of any resulting kittens might very well kill the mother whose body is MUCH too small to handle kittens of that size.

A large male domestic cat, on the other hand, might be able to successfully mount a smallish and young female bobcat. If it's ever happened, we don't know about it, as there has never been even a single proven instance of a bobcat/domestic hybrid.

Since your friend owns the female, I'd say with 99.99% certainty that your friend is wrong. The daddy was probably a Manx-mutt of some kind--maybe even Manx-Maine Coon, if the kittens are stripey and tufty.

Therefore, you should be totally safe adopting said kitten. It won't be any different than any other cat.

:hi:
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 07:48 AM
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13. I had done some googling last night and never made it back here before bed
and that was my final conclusion too. Manx/Maine Coon mutt. No scientifically documented cases through DNA.

Either way, cute little buggers. :hi:
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-05-09 11:52 PM
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3. They are probably part Manx, not bobcat.
IF they were bobcat kittens though, those things have a very musky odor about them. Keeping them as pets is not encouraged either.

I'd say the kittens are probably part Manx (no tail) with maybe some Maine Coon cat mixed in. If that's the case, they'll probably be like any other cat.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 12:15 AM
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4. We've had manxy cats before. Most were healthy but one had some
trouble going to the bathroom. Whether that was in any way actually related to her complete lack of tail, I don't know. (We gave her away as a kitten, and the person we gave her to said that was what the case was.)
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 12:23 AM
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5. I also doubt the daddy is a bobcat. The kitten is most likely a
Manx. I think Manx cats make great pets.
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 12:28 AM
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6. Part Manx from the size of the tail in the OP.
Full Manx have smaller tails than that. I have seen half Manx with that size tail. They are lovely animals. Not that much different than a mild mannered house cat except for the tail.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 01:46 AM
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9. Japanese bobtails can have that stub of a tail
And can be any color though the Japanese prefer calicos.

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amerikat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 12:34 AM
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7. Cats without tails are cool
They are less destuctive. I threaten my cats all the time about cutting off thier tails.
They just purr and say bring it on. They know I am just kidding.
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1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:18 AM
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12. i know! my kitty flaggs her tail over my coffee or cocktail every chance she gets!
i never heard about these "kitties without tails" before tonight.

i just might add to that population if i can catch her.

bad kitty!

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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 12:40 AM
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8. I think your new kitty may be a Pixiebob
Pixiebobs look remarkably like bobcats, but are a domestic breed. They're also a very sweet, loving breed. I wouldn't classify them as aggressive. If you'd like more information, feel free to check them out at the TICA (International Cat Association) website.

http://tica.org/public/breeds.php#championship
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixiebob

One of the women in our former cat club bred Pixiebobs; her cats were beautiful and fun to be around.

We have Maine Coons, which are also a naturally occurring breed. They're also great with kids (and even dogs).
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 07:50 AM
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14. I love MEC's


My mom has a couple, and they are great with my kid. :hi:
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soleiri Donating Member (913 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 01:54 AM
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10. I had a cat that looked like that.
This was years ago, when I was in High School. She, like most of our cats, started hanging out in our backyard and became part of our family.
She had a short tail with a little knob on the end.
She was the sweetest little kitty, but she was also very vocal. I couldn't believe how that little kitty produced such a big meow.
I still miss her.

She was also polydactyl, are the kittens polydactyl?

Thanks for reminding me of my little one.

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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 07:52 AM
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15. I don't know
I haven't seen them yet. They're only 4 weeks old at the moment. Hopefully I'll get to see them this week. :hi:
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1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-06-09 03:14 AM
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11. all kitties are insane. some are aggressive insane, some are aloof insane...
some are loving insane...

my current kitty, olive, wants to be attached physically to my body 24x7.

always rubbing her face against me. purring...

and if her face is anywhere near the computer mouse? when my hand is on the mouse? and her face is rubbing???

i can't tell you of the 10,000 new things i have learned about "kitty face-rub initiated" mouse clicks on my computer.

i do so love kitties...




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