Safiya appeared to be a domestic Egyptian Mau crossed with a Savannah cat (an African serval crossed with a domestic cat). She came to live at The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2018 when she was seven years old.

When we saw this little girl was listed as unadoptable, we knew we had to do something. This poor little girl had been through so many owners already.

Transferred to Minnesota from Alabama, we have no idea how many homes she had before that transfer. And in Minnesota, she was already quickly surrendered back to the shelter by one adopter.

With a history of indiscriminate urination, excessive vocalizing, being unsocial and untouchable, crying through the night, what chance did she have of being adopted? Quite honestly, none!

So we interceded on her behalf and she’s safely here now at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

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

Life at the Sanctuary

We’re used to dealing with these behavioral issues she’d been surrendered for. We patiently work with her to give her a good quality of life, and even companionship with others she’ll enjoy. 

She’s so curious and brave. She has such wide-eyed wonder with the new life ahead of her here! 

We had a poll for our supporters to vote on a name for her. A very meaningful name was chosen for her. She was named Safiya, which is Egyptian for “one who is pure.” Since she’s part Egyptian Mau, that name certainly fits her well. 

Safiya had her intake exam and everything appeared fine. She’s very affectionate and sweet, loves attention, and the notes we got on her are correct – she’s a very vocal girl! But we love hearing her “sing” to us. She loves marking everything in her area with her own scent, including her caretakers.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Safiya – 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 Safiya’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!