The wild cat species who failed to become the domestic cat
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The DNA of all domestic cats has no trace of any wild cat species other than the African wildcat (also Near Eastern wildcat and Arabian wildcat – felis silvestris lybica). However, 10,000 years ago, there were a number of other … please continue reading

Oncilla mates with Geoffroy’s cat and mated with the pampas cat
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The oncilla in the south of Brazil currently mates with Geoffroy’s cat (L. geoffroyi) creating a hybrid, while the oncilla in the northeast of Brazil in ancient times mated with the pampas cat (L. colocolo)¹. Currently there is a relatively small overlap … please continue reading

Attempts at cloning wild cat species is immoral
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The only reason why scientists at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) are engaged in failed attempts at cloning small wild cat species (at the expense of the cats who are kept in cages etc.), is because … please continue reading

All Cat Breeds Are One Species
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Although I have said it before a few times, in the light of the recent discussion on the cat breed mashup, I think it is useful to remind ourselves that there are 36 wild cat species¹. Amongst these species, within … please continue reading

Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) in Kutch-Gujarat, India
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By Veer Vaibhav Mishra (Naturalist), India Dear Michael, Greetings from Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India! I am very glad to share information with you and am sending a short note and photograph of the rusty-spotted cat. Kindly find enclosed a report of … please continue reading

Bengal Cat of 1889
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There is a reference to a wild cat hybrid in Harrison Weir’s excellent book of 1889, Our Cats and all about them (note: the title is written exactly as per the original). I am told the book is copyright protected … please continue reading