If you’ve ever dreamed of having a pet tiger when you were a kid, you can actually make that dream a reality now. Now, you don’t have to go on a safari in Africa or even go to your local zoo to enjoy the wonders of the highly endangered tiger. You can actually have one of your own to keep as a pet, without the worry of it actually mauling you. How is this possible? Enter Toyger kittens: they’re the kind of tiger that will grow up and won’t try to eat you! The domestic cat doesn’t have any wild blood in it, but is developed to have stripes as well as the orange and black (or brown) color that is very similar to a tiger’s coat.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Toyger:
– The name comes from the words “toy” and tiger.”
– While the breed exists, it’s still in the initial stages and is still being developed. Breeders of the Toyger are striving to give the breed a more authentic mini tiger look and should be successful in the coming years.
– The Toyger has no actual tiger blood in it, but it does possess genes passed on from the Asian leopard cat, giving it a slightly wild edge!
– Founded by breeder Judy Sugden of the EEYAAS Cattery in the United States, the Toyger is a direct result of a cross between a striped domestic shorthair and a standard Bengal cat, which gives us the striped feline that resembles a mini tiger.
– Toygers live for 13 or more years and weigh from seven to 15 pounds on average.
– Forget the ferocious reputation of tigers: Toygers have a sweet, calm personality and are generally a friendly bunch. They are also a good choice of cat breed for families that have children, so long as they are supervised when interacting with one another.
– As far as health matters go, Toygers are generally healthy, but it has been noted that heart murmurs have occurred in the breed.
– These felines are very friendly and playful, and enjoys the company of people as well as other pets. In fact, they also adore playing fetch, swatting around feather or stringy toys and is also active enough to learn tricks.
– While they are definitely a lot easier and safer to groom than their wild tiger counterparts, they don’t really require too much in the grooming department. One thing they need is a weekly brushing or combing in order to ensure a healthy and shiny coat. Other grooming they need is a regular nail trimming and ear cleaning if it’s looking a bit dirty in that department.
– Toygers, like most felines, are very intelligent, making it easy to train them to do tricks. Just reward them with their favorite treat of choice and you’re all set!
(Photo Source: Helmi Flick/Animal Photography)