Bengal cat - Sushi - this cat is shown here for illustrative purposes only and has no connection with this article. Photo copyright Helmi Flick. Please respect copyright.
There seems to be some misconceptions around concerning wildcat hybrid cats. There also seems to be a gradual polarization of views on this type of domestic cat. I say this because I have read, yet again, a story about the shooting of a wildcat hybrid. This time it was another Bengal cat in America. This time the cat was a large Bengal supplied by a breeder that was an indoor cat, who escaped onto a golf course, it seems. The cat was seen by a women who probably thought the cat was much bigger than it actually was, became frightened for no good reason and called animal control. Animal control did no better and compounded the problem by shooting the domestic cat companion. What is going on? This just seems so ridiculous. This would never happen in England yet in respect of the Bengal and Savannah cats in the USA and Australia it happens.
The combination of factors that lead to the situation where a domestic cat is shot have a commonality. These in my personal view are the factors:
It almost seems, sometimes, that the wildcat hybrid cat fits rather uneasily into this world. Although there is a place for this type of domestic cat - no doubt about that. The biggest factor for me is that the person adopting a wildcat hybrid cat of whatever generation from the wild should, and needs to be, carefully selected by the breeder as to suitability. The cat should be able to roam with safety (indoors plus outdoor enclosures in my opinion) and a considerable amount of input needs to be provided by people keeping these cats. If the conditions are right these horrendous shootings wouldn't occur. There also needs to be a level of education provided to the local authorities and in the case of the Bengal being shot in the US some educational input given to animal control as well.
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