Kashmir is a female Chausie, a hybrid between a domestic cat and a Jungle Cat. She came to the sanctuary in 2003 and was just a year old at the time.

She’d been surrendered to a Humane Society with three other exotic hybrids. The owner said the cats were soiling his house and wanted them euthanized. After putting one cat down, the Humane Society realized that these cats were not domestic and contacted TWS.

We were so sad to hear one cat had already lost his life, but we were happy we could save the other three.  Today, we’re glad shelters have higher placement rates than in years past and hope people no longer try to keep hybrids as pets.

Learn more about hybrids and why we do NOT support breeding them. 

Life at the Sanctuary

Kashmir, also known as Kashy, settled right in to life here. She lives in a habitat built especially for hybrids in the Hybrid Haven section of the sanctuary. It features outdoor space with trees, hammocks, perches, dens and even a pool.

She also has a temperature-controlled indoor bungalow building she can enjoy when the weather changes. But, Kashmir doesn’t seem to mind the winter at all. She runs out of her heated bungalow every time a caregiver passes by.

She comes to the front of the habitat every day for her chicken.  She also loves to perch in the tree and look out at all the other cats and her caretakers. We’re so happy we were able to provide her companionship of her own kind since she lives with other hybrids, too.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Kashmir – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.

Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Kashmir’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!



Kashmir has been treated for hyperthyroidism and is doing very well. She has calmed down in her elder years but still as sweet as ever to her caretakers.