Wild Cat Hybrid Facts For Kids

This is a page on cats that have a wild cat in their family history. It is written for children and people who like to read plain English and see great pictures of cats.

Kids like wild cat hybrids. It is like having a wild cat as a friend. Wild cat hybrids are like big domestic cats with a wild look. What are they? The word “hybrid” means a cat that has parents that are two different types of cat. For a wild cat hybrid it means the father, grandpa or great-grandpa (and so on) is a wild cat and the mother is a domestic cat or a hybrid cat. Basically, there is a wild cat in the family somewhere and he has had kittens.

Wild cats living in wild places sometimes choose to mate with domestic cats. It happens naturally. It can happen when the wild cat is near to where people live. Perhaps the wild cat is looking for food. Probably the most common wild cat to mate naturally with domestic cats is the Scottish wildcat. It has happened so often that some people think that all the Scottish wildcats are wild cat hybrids.

Also, sometimes people who are cat breeders put a wild cat with a domestic cat in a cage and hope that the two cats will mate and create a wild cat hybrid kitten.The picture above shows this.

The most popular wild cat hybrids, which are created when people deliberately put a wild cat and a domestic cat together are the Bengal cat and Savannah cat. The first wild cat hybrid in America was the Bengal cat. It was created in the 1960s. It is still very popular.

The biggest and most expensive wild cat hybrids have a wild cat as a father and a domestic cat as a mother. These are called “first filial” wild cat hybrids. “First Filial” means the first son or daughter kitten. People write it down like this: F1.

“Second filial” means the second generation kitten whose father is a first filial male cat and whose mother is a domestic cat. The chart below shows this:

Wild cat hybrid facts for kids chart by Michael

Here is a list of wild cat hybrids which tells you which wild cat is the father.

  • Savannah – wild cat father is the Serval
  • Bengal – Asian leopard cat
  • Safari – Geoffroy’s cat
  • Kellas cat – Scottish wildcat
  • Punjabi domestic – Indian wildcat
  • Chausie – Jungle cat
  • Jambi – Fishing cat
  • Caracat – Caracal
  • Machbagral or Bagral – Fishing cat

There are more which I have not listed but they are not named or they are very rare.  You can read about the wild cats listed above on PoC  – this website. Go to this page and use the search box. It works great.

Some More Facts

  • The tallest domestic cat in the world is a female F1 Savannah cat called Magic. She is 17.1 inches tall at the shoulder. You can read about her on this page (it is written for parents).
  • The world’s largest F2 Savannah cat is Motzie. You can read about how he caught a snake (written for parents).
  • A Savannah cat called “Trouble” is the all time world’s tallest domestic cat. Trouble was killed when he escaped his home (page also written for parents). We don’t know what killed him. If you know please write a comment. Trouble was taller than Magic at 19 inches to the shoulder.
  • The world’s most famous breeders of Savannah cats is A1 Savannahs in Oklahoma, USA.
  • Wild cat hybrids are domestic cats only they have wild blood in them and need more attention from their owners. The F1 has over 50% wild cat blood. The F3 has 12.5% wild cat in him. The F5 is called a true domestic cat.
  • The F1 Savannah cat is probably the world’s most expensive cat costing around $30,000. They are very special cats.
  • The King of Morocco has an F2 Savannah cat. Kathrin Stucki of A1 Savannahs took the cat to the king on a plane.

Acknowledgment: The idea for the chart comes from the work of Sarah Hartwell.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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  • 'Kids like wild cat hybrids. It is like having a wild cat as a friend'

    PLEASE any kids reading this, if you love cats, get your parents to adopt one from a Rescue Shelter and save his or her life.
    Breeding half wild cats to sell as special is wrong when there are so many loveable ordinary sized cats who need a loving home.

  • Still not happy. Motzie has never been measured by Guinness Book of World Records. Calling him the World's Largest Cat is not at all true. His owner bandies that around and has no proof what so ever that he is fact is the World's Largest Cat. That is absolutely not true. She just states it in interviews with no proof ever shown to anyone. She started saying that right after Trouble passed away. That absolutely needs to be corrected. I actually have a F2 Savannah who is just a little smaller than Trouble and bigger than Motzie. Debby Maraspini, who owned Trouble is actually a co-owner of my F2 Savannah. I will not have him measured for Guinness unless this Motzie thing is put to rest. If it continues my and Debby's F2 Samurai Warrior will be measured for the Guinness Record.

    Also, please change the "we don't know what killed him". You do know, Debby Maraspini his owner has told you and sent a photo of him and her. He escaped from the house and was hit by a motorist who did not stop.

    Thank you for your time.

  • The Guinness Book of World Records considers Trouble owned by Debby Maraspini still the World's Tallest Cat. The other two cat's mentioned have never gone through the process to hold a World's Record, thus they cannot be termed as "World's" anything. I am sure they are very wonderful cats however, but they need to go through the process Trouble did to hold a "World's" title.

    Also, $ 30,000 is way out of line for an F1 Savannah in this day and age, maybe when they first came on the scene, but not now.

    Trouble is a Legend in the cat world and still is, he was amazing with the best personality and is sadly missed by many, many people.

    • Thanks for your input. Yes, Trouble is a famous cat and deserves all the acclaim. Magic was declared the world's tallest cat as I recall. I remember the whole process. It was official. Magic is still alive. Perhaps I should have been clearer and said that the all time world's tallest domestic cat is Trouble but the current living world's tallest is Magic.

      Sorry if that was a little unclear. I'll amend it.

  • Savannah Islands Trouble IS still the World's Tallest cat ever. He was unfortunately hit by a car and killed when he escaped the house. He is dearly missed every single day.

    • Yes, he was a star cat. He is the world's tallest domestic cat ever. It is a great shame he was killed. It must have been very hard on everyone. Good picture and thanks for sharing.

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