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Meet the designer cats with wild blood

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Bengals, Savannahs, and Toygers, explained. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. By breeding house cats with wild animals, humans developed hybrid cats that look like little leopards. Bengal cats are a breed that was developed by breeding domestic cats with asian leopard cats. The first American bengal breeder is a woman named Jean Mill, but her work has continued through other breeders. We met one of those breeders, Anthony Hutcherson, when we went to film the cats at the Westminster Dog Show. Besides bengals, we also saw another hybrid breed: savannahs. Instead of asian leopard cats, savannahs were developed by breeding house cats with servals. Unlike the other two breeds, the last breed we met, toygers, are not hybrid cats. Breeder Judy Sugden created the breed by carefully breeding domestic cats with qualities that resemble wild tigers. To learn more about the cats and the breeders that made possible, watch the video above. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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FishAntsPlantsAndDave (24 seconds ago)
The argument about whether or not to buy/adopt any animal is moot. The real issue here is the breeding. Any and all of these hybrid wild/domestic cats should be illegal.
NomadicME (21 hours ago)
All breeders are careless sexual abusers for cats
MiniNara (1 day ago)
So wait they trade cats with each other for breeding? I couldn’t do that, I’d cry every time I trade one.
Holly Rockwell (2 days ago)
I acquired a Bengal many years ago because she wasn't wanted and was mistreated. The people had an art gallery and got her so she would sit in the window and preen to lure people in. This is a stupid idea even for a normal cat; after all any cat will do what IT wants to do when IT wants to. With a Bengal it is a disaster. When at their house I saw her peeking out of an upper landing and they said it was very strange because she never came out from under the bed. There was a connection there, a strong one, and they agreed to let me have her. I named her Shundor which is Bengali for Beauty and she was all that with gleaming golden hairs highlighting her fur, but she was a handful. I am a very experienced cat owner, I have always had cats, but I had to learn how to deal with a cat that was still partially wild. Don't get me wrong, I loved her more than anyone in my life and it was mutual. She slept with me (under the covers when it was cold), she would even call me to come to bed when she was ready to sleep, but she got into EVERYTHING. Although they split off from the Servals long ago they still have the leaping ability that I believe is also present in the Asian Leopard Cats. They literally levitate up 4-6 feet without any apparent effort at all. She was the most loving cat I have ever had, but she would have sudden wild moments when she would simply attack anything and everything in front of her. Clothes, papers, especially straw brooms would end up in shreds. Far from thinking she was doing wrong, she would gleefully bring me pieces of broom and drop them at my feet. The biggest problem with her was her mood swings; loving and tender one minute and then seriously attacking the hand that was petting her. As a cat person I could almost always tell when this was going to happen although I might have only a second or two to get my hand out of the way, but for anyone not familiar with cats and the little almost invisible signs of agitation they give off it would be impossible. You would get bitten a lot and its not a love bite, its hard! My beloved Shundor lived for 20 years and was always the love of my life, but I do not recommend this breed to inexperienced people. It takes a lot of patience to come to an "arrangement" with a Bengal whereby they will treat you as an equal and a friend not just as their newest chew toy or a person who has a house full of what are obviously cats toys even if the human doesn't thing so.
l lree (2 days ago)
Do t breed More
l lree (2 days ago)
Poor cats need to b adopted
trevor (2 days ago)
you hear how the old lady tries to justify the breeding? they have no care for the individual life. breeders are just like eugenicists. Its their vanity searching for something fancy, materialistic cold dead personality.
trevor (2 days ago)
i hate cats. you let them outside to enjoy freedom and how they reward you? by pissing all over your couch
Sammy Rose (2 days ago)
I have a cat she is a bengal :3 her name is savvy. She pees Everywhere no lie.
Marcus Young (2 days ago)
Bengal Cats React To (3 days ago)
Absolutely Stunning !! Love learning about these half cats half leopards.
roxana Roman (3 days ago)
If you mix two street cats you get a hoodcat ?
Nihitha Ganneboina (3 days ago)
I live in New York State!
Nihitha Ganneboina (3 days ago)
L. Van Zandt It honestly doesn't really matter cause I am a huge dog person 🐶.
L. Van Zandt (3 days ago)
Sorry to hear that.
Kelly Lestig (4 days ago)
Al Bundy (4 days ago)
does not convince spending 20.000 a cat good idea , So many Beatifull Cats are Free to Adopt .
OLAV WILHELM (4 days ago)
i see terrible breeding mills!!! not supporting this video
Scott Ising (4 days ago)
It's like a cat version of the wolfdog hybrid
Spear Breaker (4 days ago)
Babou was Dali's ocelot... DAMNIT! AN REFERENCE IN ARCHER THAT I DIDN'T KNOW UNTIL NOW...Is that not what was suppose to get outta this video?
baribarium (4 days ago)
AKArainkit (5 days ago)
Just a reminder that you can get a lot of these traits in normal house cats such as tabbies and spotted tabbies. As many people in the comments have pointed out, these hybrids have special needs that not every cat lover can provide. Do your research before buying. If you just want one for the looks, get a tabby.
AKArainkit (5 days ago)
So toygers are just HD tabbies?
hmw kamikaze (5 days ago)
Not inbreeding... Too much. Lol, yuck.
hmw kamikaze (5 days ago)
It’s disgusting when you think about it. People need to get a life.
NOMADdaf (5 days ago)
Arrogant self involved people. First she validates the point of breeding more cats, then says " but I want what I want, because I want it.screw the facts". i should add that I hate cats anyway. Dog is mans best friend, cats are their own best friend. Little killing machines. They can wipe put all wild animals in a woods.
andromeda (5 days ago)
i wonder if there's a dog breeder that wants to make a "wolf," only not a hybrid.
Will Rogers (5 days ago)
What happens to all the breeding "rejects"? Don't be naive!!
Will Rogers (23 hours ago)
+Taco Salesman Hmmm interesting. Maybe we should start screening humans and give them the same treatment. Might get rid of some scum early on like criminals and dishonest "salespeople"; you know the worst society has to offer!!
Taco Salesman (1 day ago)
Will Rogers They get spayed/neutered and are sold into families as pets, it’s the same for dogs.
iamnotfernando (5 days ago)
Highly rare for obvious reasons but just wondering if a crazy cat lady breeds with a crazy cat guy will the offspring be a complete flaming crazy cat guy?
Mel G (6 days ago)
Wow, look at all those gorgeous cats. My favorite breed is still the kind I adopt in the pet shelters or find abandoned in the streets. Which, ironically, often include THOSE breeds.
I love my Bengal. 12 years and counting
yasee chaudhry (6 days ago)
If there was never such a thing then that thing should never exist regardless of how beautiful it looks.. Playing God is Dangerous & comes at a cost✌
Nathan Anderson (7 days ago)
Love cats but for me the idea of a "designer cat or dog" is just plain wrong
Ajax 021 (7 days ago)
Tony the tiger
USAtexasforever (7 days ago)
You say it's justified to have hundreds of thousands of cats killed every year because you want one to look the way you want it to look. Shame on you. You should have to go to the high kill shelter and sit with these cats while they are being put down. start 5:26
David Maxim Jr (7 days ago)
Or they could just paint stripes on them like Margaret in red dead 2
Sara Jay (7 days ago)
This is dumb af
A Mori Samurai (8 days ago)
Don't forget Mussolini's lion...
Katlyn Truong (8 days ago)
5:17 is this Pokémon? 😭😭😭😭
Frank Kolton (8 days ago)
People from Arkansas need to watch this video.
Denver Coil (8 days ago)
@ 10:55 you see the depth of government regulation, absurd
Miss Marie (8 days ago)
What does he do with all the extra cats
Random Memes Weekly (9 days ago)
i got my cat from a shelter :)
Frank the helper (9 days ago)
Is anyone going to ask how there could have been domestic cats 5.9 million years ago ?. This makes no sense, who would domesticate them ?. This is how dogs came from wolves, it was the breeding process and domestication, not 5.9 million years ago...
Alvaro Rodriguez Gomez (10 days ago)
Inbreeding “TOO MUCH”... no not inbreeding at all
Mauro Hermida (10 days ago)
This doesn't sound good at all.
Connecting The Dots (10 days ago)
Vox is such trash.
Nona Nano (10 days ago)
It's not good to breed cats as dogs are because cats are pure and it's not normal to have a mix it's bad for them and unhealthy and the whole pure cats of the world can get effected I'm scared that our perfect cats would be a thing from the past so I'm really against it very much
*artking* 78 (10 days ago)
southernmissy75 (10 days ago)
I have two beauties I found and didn’t have to pay 💰 one penny for them and I promise u they have it made haha 😂 they r my exotic animals ••• one is bobbed and the other a beautiful grey Persian looking kitty 🐱:D peace ✌🏽
lizardpeoplepoetry (10 days ago)
omfg charles darwin did not die for our sins so these weirdos could be cat pimps
Ri oh69 (11 days ago)
Got creepy half way through god life sucks
EnderFive5 (11 days ago)
Imagine if you pulled a quick one and bred the first lepord cat with a white one O_o a SnOw lEpOrD
Afonso Marto (12 days ago)
I liked the toyger better
Miyu Miyu (12 days ago)
Dont encourage this behavior. . . while it might look nice and whatnot, it's doing more harm than good.
Lisa Mae Gilbert (12 days ago)
Please don’t pull on a cat's tail!
BennyB5555 (12 days ago)
I think it’s hilarious that he has a bottle of Lubriderm next to his computer! LOL
lokirocks25 (12 days ago)
7:22 dumbass little girl
Cao Tuan Vo (13 days ago)
Aftet watching this I feel less comfortable with this selective breeding. Sounds too snob for me. And is it even fair towards the animals
ScotsLyon (13 days ago)
I think these breeders are more interested in the cash
Geronimo De La Paz (13 days ago)
I'll just get a black cat lol
Logan Sullivan (13 days ago)
This is why I hate humans because they always try to alter natural selection
KAMİL BORNOVA (14 days ago)
Leggy Gazelle (14 days ago)
I'd like to see a cat with a mane
coscinaippogrifo (14 days ago)
When I can afford it, I will adopt a (standard) rescued elderly cat. But yeah a part of me would die to see a puma-like cat... Something like the Aby cat, but more like a puma...
Neda Meinradt (14 days ago)
This is purposeful intentional gene modification.
George M (14 days ago)
Gene editing; short cut the kitten waste
PetHub (14 days ago)
Liberals: let everyone make their own choices! Also liberals: HOW DARE YOU GET A DESIGNER CAT/DOG WHEN THERE ARE STRAYS AROUND
Francis Lim (15 days ago)
If we can design hairstyles with dye,we can spray paint our cat with fancy colour and design,we should not have wild animals as domesticated pets.Cat must wear a neck bell to prevent them hurting wild birds and that’s also prevent them from going feral and become wild.In Australia,feral cats does great damage to their natural fauna’s and animals.
SBF (15 days ago)
*”-Toyight like a Toyger.”*
Jami Christine (15 days ago)
Ok, the bengal version of kittens are so goddamn adorable. But i also just want a kitten in general
Haiku San (15 days ago)
My guy was real life breeding perfect IVs 😂😂 I love this
AoA Supply (16 days ago)
toyger lady's jacket kinda boss
Drew 5498 (17 days ago)
I’m fine with my tuxedo kitty I got from a litter of my aunt’s cat.
Kara Equestrian (17 days ago)
Kara Equestrian (17 days ago)
i rescue kittens who were throw away in a plastic bag at the dump. who arnt even 3 weeks old yet... 😉😉😉
Erik Hansen (17 days ago)
My cat has a pretty pattern so instead of adopting and saving a cats life let’s make more
Alex Klatt (17 days ago)
Tabbies = agouti gene = bars & stripes. Patched tabbies = broken blotches. You gotta love genetics!
Ali Beau (17 days ago)
People love breeding dogs but somehow there’s a double standard when breeding cats, you just can’t win with people.
Joy Ellen (17 days ago)
In regard to adopt vs shop, it's not the fault of breeders that other people irresponsibly don't get their cats neutered or spayed.
Don Huynh (18 days ago)
So this justify breeding, but owning a gun for home defense is not?
James Rozell (19 days ago)
seems really vain, "i'm gonna breed a cat species to satisfy myself." They talk about life like its frivolous, mass breeding, makes me kinda feel sick =/
Tyler Cody (19 days ago)
I wonder if they kept their pet cheetahs in their basements
KARMAZYNA (19 days ago)
I'll take my lovely stray over any of these.
kj watson (19 days ago)
But why are the males sterile?
Smith Smith (19 days ago)
Brandon Ohara (19 days ago)
So the second generation Bengal hybrid is only 25% Wild since one of the parents is fully domesticated any other parent is half-wild half domestic, that's pretty cool.
Janice Wilson (19 days ago)
Let cats select their own mates.
masano maeda (19 days ago)
Every cats are same in my eyes.
Robert Rodriguez (20 days ago)
It would be koo to have a cheetah and walk it to the dog park
Doggo (20 days ago)
This is cool, but... I’m more of a Doggo person.
Teo San (20 days ago)
Another idiot playing with nature....
Arden Marshall (20 days ago)
My cousin has a baby bengal cat. Her name is lelo
kaz kk (20 days ago)
This is highly promising both for animal ownership and for genetic engineering and understanding . This is the beginning of a great breakthrough.
waxy succulants (20 days ago)
What if you breed the leperd cat with the toyger🤔
waxy succulants (20 days ago)
*when cats do a better job at controlling inbreeding than rednecks**
Geo MS (21 days ago)
I wonder how tasty it is
Adr Raz (21 days ago)
I have a stray cat that does not look like a leopard but acts like one.
Lifted_Above (21 days ago)
Just about everything is illegal in NYC. They probably make species of trees illegal, or styles of snowflakes, or even water with too-high pH.
Slikbill (22 days ago)
the color is off in this edit
DrakotheHusky (22 days ago)
so who was creating those new species of cat 6 million years ago..... because we werent

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