DOMESTIC X RUSTY SPOTTED CAT HYBRIDS
Copyright 1993-2007, Sarah Hartwell

There are unconfirmed reports that the Rusty-Spotted cat (F rubiginosa or Prionailurus rubiginosus), a close relative of the Asian Leopard Cat, interbreeds freely with domestic cats, but too little is known about this species to be certain. It weighs just over 2 lbs and is half the size of an average domestic cat. Its range overlaps with the domestic cat and it may interbreed naturally.

To date, there have been no attempts to deliberately hybridise the Rusty Spotted cat, but their affectionate nature means they are self-domesticating and can become pets. As pets, they may breed with the larger domestic cat and at least one possible hybrid between the Rusty-Spotted Cat and domestic cat has been reported. Outside Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, Kittle and Watson (2004) observed a rusty-spotted cat mating with a domestic cat and also saw a potential hybrid ("being slightly larger in size, with long legs and exhibiting unusual markings on a paler background").

MESSYBEAST SMALL CAT HYBRIDS

 

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