can a cat and dog mate

Before we dig into this subject, let’s set the record straight: Cats and dogs cannot mate. Even if they appear to be trying to, they are too biologically different to be compatible in this way. Most pet owners worry about whether their pets will get along with one another: Will they fight? Will my cat feel pushed out?

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Stories of scientifically impossible couplings and births are likely as old as the history of naming animals, according to Sarah Hartwell, an engineer with a keen interest in genetics, history and, cats. On her website, Messybeast, she has exhaustively chronicled a zoo of supposed hybrids, from the possible to the impossible, with an emphasis on fantastic cats. She has researched stories of cabbits, squittens, catacoons, guinea cats, and more.

Animal scams and hoaxes are all too common and frequently border on the fantastic, but we fall for them. Examples include tales of impossible hybrids or births, or of naive would-be pet owners being tricked into keeping an unfriendly or dangerous species. It’s as though the natural world weren’t already fascinating enough.

In 1977, the story of a “cabbit” captivated the nation. An article in the Farmington Daily Times stated that Val Chapman, a rancher in New Mexico, claimed to have a cat-rabbit mix that ate both cat food and carrots, meowed like a cat, had hind legs like a rabbit, and excreted rabbit-like poop. After giving the animal the name Ricky Raccit, Chapman brought it to California, where it made appearances on Johnny Carson and The Dinah Shore Show. Amid the media frenzy, a number of specialists attempted to contextualize the genetic impossibility. “Let’s put it this way, can you mate a butterfly and a fish?” a Los Angeles Zoo curator asked United Press International. There have been reports of jackalopes, pig-sheep hybrids, and moose-horse matings (a “hoose”). For a brief period in the 1700s, a woman who claimed to have given birth to rabbits captured the attention of people all over the world.

Tutt wasn’t even the first to publicize that specific type of interspecies coexistence. In 1937, readers across the country were enthralled with the tale of a Miami alley cat that gave birth to dogs. Laura Bedford, a barbecue stand operator known by the nickname “Mom,” claimed that her Maltese cat had given birth to three cats and two dogs. A veterinarian stated that “if” the incident was a hoax, “someone certainly went to a lot of trouble to match them up,” according to a United Press article. The same news agency said three witnesses had come forward the following day to cast doubt on Bedford, but Bedford stuck to her story.

Such tales may have originated from people trying to make sense of their environment and the strange animals that occasionally traveled through it before genetics became a scientific field. The modern offenders might be aiming for some money and notoriety. Additionally, some people just won’t accept the truth, according to Hartwell, who receives emails from “people who just don’t like rational explanations.”

FAQ

What would happen if a cat and dog mated?

Cats and dogs can’t breed because they are very different genetically. Almost no traits match up so if it did happen, the zygote wouldn’t even pass development if it managed to exist.

Can a dog and a cat have a baby?

But creating hybrids of animals that are very genetically distinct from each other—such as a dog and a cat—is scientifically impossible, as is one species giving birth to an entirely different one.

Can dogs mate with other animals?

Dogs, which have 78 chromosomes, have been known to mate with other members of the Canis genus, such as wolves (their original ancestor species), dingoes (probably a feral version of our domestic dogs!), jackals (78 or 80 chromosomes) and coyotes (78 chromosomes).

Can a cat and dog get together?

The majority of cats can happily coexist with a dog if they are given time to comfortably get to know each other. If a puppy and kitten are raised together, they generally will learn right away to tolerate each other, and some cats and dogs grow to be real friends, even playing and napping together.