Ty is a male, first generation Chausie cat who came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2009. He was three years old at the time.
One of Ty’s parents was a Jungle Cat and the other was an F1 Chausie ( a hybrid of a domestic cat and a Jungle Cat). This is another cat breeders have created to fulfill the public’s desire for something wild – at a steep price.
And as we so often see, having Ty as a “pet” didn’t work out. He was spotted in a “Free ad” on Craigslist by someone. The ad said he was a wild cat and could only be petted occasionally when around other cats.
Thankfully, this concerned person picked up Ty and began calling sanctuaries for help. She couldn’t find a sanctuary in her state or those surrounding her that would agree to take Ty, so she contacted our sanctuary.
Life at the Sanctuary
Ty quickly became the boss when he moved into a bungalow habitat in the Hybrid Haven section of our sanctuary. He made friends with other hybrids here and has lived with Savannah cat Ledger, his buddy, for years now.
Ty’s a very wild cat, but still loves his treats of mice and chicken. He’ll come up to the fence and bounce off of it while waiting for a treat. He enjoys living in a bungalow with an indoor and outdoor area complete with perches, trees, dens, an in-ground pool, and rocks to perch on.
His indoor area is equipped with heat for the harsh Minnesota winters and provides a cool place for warm summer days.
As Ty has gotten older, naturally he’s slowed down. He receives medication to help with his arthritic pain. Due to his respiratory issues, Ty receives extra special care having his litter box cleaned twice a day. Our goal, as always, is to ensure Ty’s comfortable in his geriatric years, too.
He still loves spending time with Ledger and has a new female friend named Lady who he’s very fond of. It’s been so fulfilling providing a life for Ty that he’s always enjoyed.
How You Can Help
Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Ty – 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 Ty’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!