Tiger Cat: Is There A Domestic Tiger Breed?

Tiger Cats

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“Tiger cat” sounds like an exotic breed such as the Savannah cat. Many people may think tigers can be crossbred with domestic cats to make a striped, exotic tiger kitty. Tiger cats of that nature do not exist in the domestic world, but there are some breeds and patterns of cats that earn them the name tiger cat.

Domestic Tiger Cat: The Toyger

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Los Angeles based breeder Judy Sugden has been aiming to make a domestic tiger cat breed since the 1980s. She wanted a cat that resembled a tiger, and the result is the adorably named Toyger. Toygers began with the breeding of domestic shorthair cats with striped tabby patterns and Bengal cats that were chosen for their fur patterns. 

The mix of the tabby stripes and the Bengal’s spots capture the glistening pattern of a striped tiger. These tiger cats are now available from many breeders. The Toyger line is still being refined, but TICA already recognizes them as a championship breed. If you like the idea of a tiger cat minus the actual lineage of a wild cat like a tiger, the Toyger is a breed to consider!

Tabby Cats: The Original Tiger Cat

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There is doubt that many striped tabby cats have been named Tiger. Tabby cats are often nicknamed as tiger cats because of their striped fur pattern. Tabby cats are not their own breed of cats, but rather a type of pattern that can emerge on their fur. An orange tabby cat would be one of the closest things to having your own tiger cat. 

Large Cat Breeds That Resemble Tigers

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There are many breeds of cat that resemble a tiger. If a Toyger is out of the question, a Bengal would be a good option for someone looking for a tiger cat. Bengals tend to be a bit on the larger side and are said to be very intelligent. The pattern of their coat can be reminiscent of a leopard, which is what domestic cats were originally bred with to create the Bengal cat. Bengal cats are not to be confused with the much larger and wild cats, Bengal tigers.

Other cats that can be large with striped tabby patterns include the Maine Coon, the Savannah Cat, and the Abyssinian. 

Can A Tiger Be A Pet?

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It should go without saying, but keeping a tiger as a pet is incredibly dangerous, as tigers are wild animals. Tigers are not domesticated cats, and even the most “tame” of tigers have attacked their owners.  Most states do not even allow for individuals to keep tigers as pets. If you are really craving a tiger cat, try for one of the domesticated variations listed above.

Do you have a tiger cat? Or a Toyger? Does your striped tabby think they are a tiger in their own urban jungle? Let us know in the comments.