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The Caracat

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The Caracat cats and kittens

a beautiful hybrid cross between a Caracal lynx and an Abyssinian domestic cat. Finally, a hybrid cat without spots, stripes, or rosettes. The F1 Caracat will grow to be 25 to 30 pounds, 12 to 14 inches high at the shoulder, and will look very much like a cougar with tufted ears. The F2 Caracat will grow to be approximately 20 to 25 pounds, 10 to 12 inches high at the shoulder, and will also look like a miniature cougar, but will have a sweeter disposition than the F1 Caracat.

These two incredibly beautiful animals look so much alike, I am surprised nobody has done this before! Like the Bengal (Asian Spotted Leopard Cat X Domestic Cat), the Savannah (African Serval X Domestic Cat), and the Chausie (African Jungle Cat X Domestic Cat), the Caracat will grow to be 25 to 30 pounds in weight, and 12” to 14” in height at the shoulder. Please Google “Caracal photographs” and “Abyssinian photographs” to see what the parents of these kittens look like. My photo albums show pictures of the mother and father, as well as the first Caracat, “Hillary.”

I almost purchased a Chausie several years ago, but I was dismayed to find out that Chausies, Savannahs, and Bengals are hybrids whose mothers are any housecat who will tolerate the breeding procedure. Most of these hybrids look like enormous housecats, usually with tabby stripes. I was looking for an enormous cat with an even-toned coat like a mountain lion or a cougar. I found that the Caracal lynx has an almost even-toned coat with only a few markings on his belly, arms, and legs. The Caracal also has a cougar moustache and exotic ears with long tufts at the ends. I knew that the Abyssinian cat has an even-toned coat with ticked fur, not unlike a sable mink. I began my efforts to breed these two beautiful animals three years ago with a male Caracal kitten, Mandela, and two female Abyssinian kittens, Bonnie and Beverly. Finally, last May, I had success — Hillary was born to Beverly and Mandela. I have not yet had any kittens produced by Bonnie.

The sire of these kittens, Mandela, is the Caracal. The dam is Beverly, the Abyssinian. The reason I chose the Abyssinian is that I wanted the offspring to have “ticked” fur, much like a mink. Ticked fur has not less than four bands of color in each hair. In addition, I wanted the offspring to have the larger size of the Caracal, as well as the tufted ears and the “cougar moustache.” My first litter, born in May of 2007, was only two kittens. Sadly, one of the kittens died. Because the gestation period of the Caracal is 73 days and the gestation period of the Abyssinian is 63 days, it is inevitable that the babies will be born premature, and the mortality rate of the kittens is high. The surviving kitten, Hillary, has all of the qualities I wanted. She will not come into season until 2008, and I already have purchased her husband, Romeo, a sweet-tempered Abyssinian kitten.

First generation (F1) Caracats do not make the best house pets. They hiss at every moving object, like the Caracal, and they delight in knocking over every item on every horizontal surface in your home. They have a screech rather than a meow. You may prefer to wait for one of Hillary’s babies, as the F2 Caracats will be far more personable and domesticated.