Sebastian – In Memory


Sebastian is a male, marbled Bengal cat. who arrived at The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2010. He was not even a year old.

Sebastian’s owner contacted the local Humane Society to surrender him because he was having accidents in the house.  They contacted us and we agreed to take him in.

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

Life at the Sanctuary

We performed an intake exam and diagnosed him with Giardia and Trichamonas Foetus, both gastrointestinal parasites which were causing his poor litter box habits.

After receiving the medical treatment he needed, he’s doing wonderfully at the sanctuary.  Sebastian’s a very social boy who loves to jump, cuddle, and be the center of attention.

He became fast friends with two other hybrids, Hilo and Kashmir, and they’re often found playing together.  They have perches, dens, and logs to run on and hide in. What a happy ending for little Sebastian!

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Sebastian – 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 Sebastian’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward his 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!


In Memory

On Christmas Day, with our help, Bengal Sebastian got his angel wings. I’m so thankful for our staff and veterinarian who gave up their holiday time to help Sebastian pass on peacefully.

Over the last year, Sebastian had lost his voice.  That was very concerning since he was one of our most vocal Bengals. Several vet visits and even a CT scan were performed to try and determine the cause.  It was inconclusive but there was an abnormality in his throat. But no obvious mass was seen at that time, but we knew whatever he had would progress.

After losing his voice, he also became a raspy breather. Over recent months, his appetite began to wane.  And eventually it became harder for him to breathe. When his oxygen levels dropped, we had to do the most humane thing and say good-bye to our little friend.

At 13 years old, until he lost his voice, Sebastian still acted like a kitten. He was so energetic, small, and mighty. He was dominant over his roommate Hilo the Savannah who was three times his size.  Yet despite their differences, they were the best of friends.

Sebastian came to us from the Humane Society as a kitten.  He was surrendered for uncontrollable diarrhea, often missing the litter box. His owners spent a lot of money at vet offices trying to correct the problem before they decided to surrender him.  When the Humane Society reached out to us, our Hybrid Program was full. But since we had a shy Savannah cat named Diego, we thought he might enjoy the company of a kitten.

The moment Sebastian arrived, we knew they wouldn’t be a match.  Sebastian was at the front of his kennel calling for attention.  He was bouncing around and couldn’t wait to get out to explore his new home.  We knew then that he would need a very active group of friends. 

He lived many happy years with Savannah Hilo, Jungle Cat Abby and Chausie Kashmir.  Being the youngest of the group, he got whatever he wanted.  His bungalow habitat was at the front of the sanctuary, so he serenaded every staff member, intern, and volunteer as they arrived for work.

This special boy will be deeply missed by all of us, especially his friend Hilo.  We will be finding Hilo a wonderful group of friends to live with again, just like we did Sebastian.

Sebastian, may you be running circles around our pride on the other side. The cattle panel gates in heaven now have you as the new greeter!

Play in Peace our friend. We know you won’t want to be resting.