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Hello, I'm new here. I am a cat lover. I've had many in my life time. Recently, I've come across a rather strange one. It is a stray that has wondered to my mother's house. At first glance I thought that is a unique looking cat. It's a little scary so it took a while to coax it. But finally it let me pet it. Once I got a good look I realized it's very different from any other i've seen. It is a grayish/reddish brown. Actually the grayish is heavy ticking on it's fur. When you part it's fur it is reddish brown. The ends of it's fur is ticked whitish gray. It's over all build is thick. Even it's facial structure. I got a look at it's teeth and the biggest teeth I've seen on a house cat. All of this is not too unusual exept...it has a bobbed tail! I'd say about 4-5 inches long. I felt of it and it is real (not been accidently cut off). Could this cat be a hybrid or at least have bobcat in it? Does anyone know if this is possible? I'm from KY so we have bobcats around here, but I've never seen one. The thing is, this is one of my dreams. To find a cat that at least resembled a bobcat. I've looked at many pixie bobs on the internet but they are just too expensive. Is it possible?
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I'd venture to say that the best TCS members to ask are John & Terri who go by the handle: AmberTheBobcat

John & Terri: Are you around to help this person
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The American Bobtail is also a breed.
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A picture would be helpful. It could be a cross-breed of many different types, or a breed cat that escaped and the owner might be looking for it. Without a photo it is really hard to tell, but if it was a pure bobcat, I don't think you would get close enough to it and keep your hand. Unless it was someone's exotic pet and it escaped.
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Originally posted by catcrazy
Could this cat be a hybrid or at least have bobcat in it? Does anyone know if this is possible?
Yes, that is a definite possibility - just think of the crossbred lions and tigers Siegfried & Roy have. Here in Germany, you occasionally get hybrids of housecats and wildcats (which look like tabbies, but are bigger and have much thicker tails). The kittens are generally too wild to be kept as pets, though.
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Dear Catcrazy, by what you describe, it is possible that this cat is a Pixie Bob. It is possible, for a domestic cat and a bobcat to breed. This is where the Pixie Bob breed came from. Most Pixie Bobs do have a natural "bobbed" tail just like a bobcat. My wife and I have 4 Pixie bobs and we also have Amber, a real Bobcat. Since you have bobcats that live in your region, I must caution you, never take a bobcat kitten from the wild. They will not make a good pet. Amber came from a breeder in Montana. She is 100% bobcat, but was born and raised in captivity with lots of human contact.
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Hi...yes this is possible....I live in Alberta Canada and have had my cat for 13 years. She has a bobcat in her....bobtail, tuffed ears, very vocal , does not hiss she yells, drinks her water with her paw, I let her have 1 litter of kittens and each of the 4 had a different tail and markings.Only 1 had a bobtail, 1 corkscrew tail, 1 short fat tail, and 1 extra long tail. And we do know that the one with the corkscrew tail also had a kittens with 2 different tails. Her marking are about the same as you described and her orange color does change with the seasons. She looks exactly like her dad , but half the size.

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Hi...yes this is possible....I live in Alberta Canada and have had my cat for 13 years. She has a bobcat in her....bobtail, tuffed ears, very vocal , does not hiss she yells, drinks her water with her paw, I let her have 1 litter of kittens and each of the 4 had a different tail and markings.Only 1 had a bobtail, 1 corkscrew tail, 1 short fat tail, and 1 extra long tail. And we do know that the one with the corkscrew tail also had a kittens with 2 different tails. Her marking are about the same as you described and her orange color does change with the seasons. She looks exactly like her dad , but half the size.

Hello, Summergirl biggrin.gif Welcome to TCS!!! Ooooo, your kitties are very special and unique as well. The post you replied to is from 2004! But not to worry, we are glad that you found TCS this way and would love it if you share more on your kitties here on the forums. If you need any help or have any questions about the site, just ask away!! wavey.gif
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