American Association of Feline Practitioners

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2017 Hybrid Cats Position Statement

2017 Hybrid Cats

Download - 2017 Position Statement on Hybrid Cats

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) strongly opposes the breeding of non-domestic cats to domestic cats and discourages ownership of early generation hybrid cats, due to concerns for public safety and animal welfare issues.

The AAFP opposes the breeding of hybrid cats for the following reasons:

  • Unnatural breeding
    The AAFP strongly opposes the unnatural breeding of nondomestic to domestic cats. This includes both natural breeding and artificial insemination.
  • Temperament concerns of hybrid cats
    The AAFP discourages ownership of early generation (F1, F2, F3) hybrid cats due to their unpredictable nature. 
  • Safety and legal issues
    The AAFP strongly opposes the breeding of non-domestic to domestic cats due to concerns for public safety and interest.
  • Welfare concerns
    The AAFP opposes the breeding of nondomestic to domestic cats due to welfare issues for both the non-domestic cat and domestic cat.

Submitted by:
Rachel Addleman Seder DVM, ABVP (Feline), CVA


This position statement has been updated from: 2009 Hybrid Cats Statement