Originally Posted by StefanZ
Interesting thread, I think this too.
But if you want a real big cat, it is probably easier to domesticize another species.
F.eks. the Fisher-cat CAN be domesticized, and some people do have them as domestic cats.
In nature they are solitaries, only female raising the youngs. But I read somewhere in captivity it is common also the males helps to raise the kittens.
I have also seen a series of pictures from such one domesticized fisher-cat. Shehe was apparently pal with the domestic cat also living there.
Thus, when domesticized they apparently behaves more or less like our usual loved domestic cats.
Perhaps not quite so kindly cuddable and purring. Which is a very important point why we bother to have our cats as family pets.
Imagine going outside your home and seeing an 80 lb version of this animal walking around your neighborhood. Hmm so it can be done!!!!!!
Reproduction and Social Behavior
These cats have a reputation for being ferocious, and have been recorded driving off packs of dogs. There is a myth of a fishing cat that carried off a four month old baby in Singapore, which cannot be proven. These cats often avoid humans at all costs. There was an incident of a large male fishing cat that broke free of its cage and entered a leopard's at a local zoo, and the fishing cat killed the leopard!
Breeding season is year-round, usually in times of the year that are favorable for procreation. After a gestation period of 63-70 days, two or three kittens are born in a den in the reeds. The kittens are fully grown by nine months. Male fishing cats will help with the cubs in captivity, but it is unsure whether they will in the wild.
Thank you, when you mentioned the fishing cat I remembered hearing a tale whereas a wild fishing cat in captivity manage to escape and kill 2 adult size leopards. The cat is one fierce animal, and they almost locked me away for all the angry letters I sent to MGM studios for the innacurate portrayal of Tom the cat!!! (I kid, I kid!!!)