Kashmir – In Memory


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.

In Memory

My office feels so empty.  Over the past year, I’ve spent eight hours a day with chausie cat Kashmir by my side while she was in our Comfort Care program. As a senior cat with chronic arthritis, she was under close observation. She was being doted upon and spoiled.

Making the decision to say good-bye is never an easy one – even for us in the rescue field who make these decisions all too often. As Kashmir aged, walking became more painful, sleeping became her primary activity, and even getting up to use the litter box exerted a lot of her energy.

When is it right to say good-bye?  As humans, we second guess everything until we wait too long.  Then, regret overwhelms us.  Over the years, I’ve learned that holding on an extra day or week comforts us, not necessarily them.  That isn’t all bad if our furry friends are comfortable, but none of us want to see them suffer.

So, Kashmir relied on me to determine her timeline. That’s a heavy responsibility, but one that’s an honor.  Having her go peacefully, even if she could hold on a little bit longer, was my goal.  For Kashmir’s sake, I’m hoping I achieved that.

Kashmir was one of the first hybrids in our program. She arrived with three other cats. She’d been surrendered to a humane society for euthanasia due to soiling in the house. Luckily, we were contacted, and Kashmir was able to live a long and loved life.

Kashmir had many favorite things.  She loved hide and seek. When she was young, she’d always hide behind something she could see through. She didn’t know we could see her as well – especially with her feet sticking out!

She loved enrichment and exploring new items, whether it be scents, cat condos, trees or toys.

She also LOVED her beds.  And she could make a bed out of anything. Yet she didn’t mind sharing her sleeping space with a few others.

As she aged and her arthritis got worse, all her caregivers gave her specialized, heated beds in every corner she wanted.  They were always positioned on the floor since Kashmir could no longer jump up on items or walk-up stairs.

Kashmir loved her meals and treats, and that’s when she was most vocal and mobile.  She’d talk, stretch, get out of bed and do her deliberate power walks (though very short).

In the early years, Kashmir was dominant over other cats. Some would say she was a tomboy who would pick on others.

When the pecking order in her bungalow changed, we knew her time was getting close. We moved her into my office where she could be in charge again, and we’d be at her beck and call.  And that was one of my favorite things.

Kashmir had been a constant for the last 18 years for me.  She reminds me of the early years when I was just learning about the domestic/hybrid issue and before we had Hybrid Haven.  I learned quickly that she and the other domestic hybrids were quite different in behavior, diet, health, and especially territorial marking.

And she reminds me of the sanctuary we have built today to accept them for who they are.

Kashmir, my dear friend, you will forever have a favorite place in my heart and in my favorite memories.