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Can cats mate with raccoons? — 2 Comments

  1. They CAN mate, diverse species can try to reproduce and the outcome would theoretically be a hybrid, though they probably can’t think in those terms. A raccoon might think it would produce a raccoon of sorts through mating with a cat, or somehow make a cat (obviously having a fancy for them), but as we know it’s genetically impossible. Animals can apparently have a hippy-like free-love attitude that shows no bounds sometimes… dogs hump people’s legs for example… but it’s just an impulse out of a natural compulsion. If weird hybrids were possible, scientists or nature would have done it by now, though some animals do look like they’re composite, like the Platypuss. It takes nature millions of years to make or allow a mutation work, but those aren’t the product of species hybridization. Other strange animals can be found here: https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/outdoors-and-adventure/photos/15-of-the-strangest-animals-in-the-world-and-where-to-see-them

    • I have not read any hard factual records of raccoons mating with domestic cats. Certainly there are no hybrids but, yes, sometimes different species can create hybrids such as the tigon or liger. Can you link to a record of a raccoon x cat mating? I’d like to add it to the page.

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