HomeWild Cat SpeciesWildcatAfrican wildcatIf you gave someone an African wildcat as a pet, how would they know it wasn’t a regular house cat?

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If you gave someone an African wildcat as a pet, how would they know it wasn’t a regular house cat? — 1 Comment

  1. I once had a feral cat in N Cyprus that was extremely aggressive and dangerous, quite possible more dangerous than any captured F S Lybica. Even after several day of giving her tasty food she became more and more aggressive. I had to take her back to where she came from where there was an Englishman who was the only person she trusted. I kept her 3 kittens, 2 solid reds and one red/white, all females which are a bit rare, and are very nice and affectionate. One of her kittens, Neda, produced a semi-long haired kitten, which of course I named Nedo, is very nice and comical. Every day he walks in front of me zig-zagging from side to side, so his nickname is Zigzag. His sire is a sweet-natured red/white long haired Angora. I have read that kittens get their temperament from the mother but I see that is far from the truth. It seems that upbringing can over-ride genetic behavioural influences at least in cats descended from the F S Lybica. After all it was these cats that became our beloved well-behaved pets and not others. Having said that, it appears the the F S Lybica may have the genetically enabled ability to equate their kitten to biological mother attachment to that of human care-givers.

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