|Is this a caracat in Florida? Photo: Diane|
Regarding the above picture see: unknown Florida wildcat, please.
Caracal wildcat - photo by ckindel
Abyssinian cat - photo copyright Helmi Flick
I don't have a photo of the Caracat so we'll have to imagine the cat on the basis of seeing pictures of the Caracal and Abyssinian cats pictured above.
The Caracat would be a bit like a miniature wild Cougar, I think it would be fair to say but, I am sure, not quite so stocky. The Cougar is a very strong jumper and has very muscular limbs. In terms of coat type, this means the Caracat has no coat patterns such as spots or blotches although there will few patterns in the way of bars on the legs and markings on the belly. The coat is, as expected, "ticked" (see cat coats tabby). We can see that the Abyssinian and Caracal cats are well matched and quite similar. The Caracal is considerably larger, however, weighing about 30 lbs (for a large male) while the average domestic cat weighs about 10 lbs (see largest domestic cat breed). This probably presents problems with breeding. Breeding wild cat to domestic cat is problematic (src: A1 Savannahs who breed Savannahs).
A feature of the Caracal are the tufted ears and these are present on the F1 first generation Caracats. The first generation Caracats are large, weighing something in the order of 25-30 lbs and the F2s might weight in the order of 20+ lbs. This is about the size of a largish Maine Coon cat.
So this is another wildcat hybrid but this time with an evenly colored coat, the same as the Chausie in that respect. First generation Caracats screech rather than meow and are like bulls in a china shop it seems (src: http://caracal-hybrids.spaces.live.com). They do look fantastic with their tufted ears (black tufts).
There seems to be one breeder: http://caracal-hybrids.spaces.live.com based in the USA I presume (although I couldn't see this on the website). The owner of the business is Joy and she says she is going to register the Caracats with TICA. I presume therefore that TICA recognize this breed (please tell me in a comment if this is wrong/correct). I am afraid I am compelled to criticize Joy for one thing and this must be said; she declawed (or will declaw) her F1 cat and plans on declawing her F2s of either sex. She is doing this because she feels that these large domestic cats are too dangerous with claws. I am sorry to say that if that is the case the cats should not be bred in the first place. Declawing is certainly inhumane and for me it is barbaric. There is no justification for it. If we need to declaw a cat we are not the right person to keep a cat. We either have a cat that is a cat (fully a cat as nature intended) or not at all. It is not our place to modify, manipulate and amputate at the expense of the animal.
In this instance too we have a semi-wild cat in the F1, who is it seems semi domesticated and then without claws to add further confusion to the cat. Declawing is a substantial operation that can cause phsycological problems. How would we like it if the tips of all our fingers were removed surgically? This is wrong I am afraid - sorry to criticize.
If I have all of this wrong tell me please. I have some pages on declawing and claw clipping:
- Declaw cats
- Helmi Flick on declawing
- F1 Bengal delawed and indoors
- Trim cat claws
- Cat Declawing - major page.