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COVER STORY

It's a house cat! It's a tiger!

Meet the Toyger, America's next superpet By Kenneth Miller
In an oak-shaded backyard 30 miles outside of L.A., Judy Sugden is conducting a tour of her secret genetics lab. The well-kept facility consists of several cabins built of plywood and fencing in which dozens of domestic cats nap, wrestle, prance, and preen. The cats flock toward visitors as they pass by, poking paws through their cages. Theyre striking creatures, more muscular than the average tabby, with reddish-amber fur set off by bold dark stripes. But to Sugden, theyre pieces of a puzzlea collection of traits and tendencies from which shes constructing a cat such as the world has never seen.

TOYGER FEVER

Look at this little boy, she says, cradling a young tom. See the nice dark markings over his eyes? But he doesnt have the muzzle. She gives him a few strokes, then moves on. This one has a lovely face. Look up, sweetie. But he doesnt have the coat. [/quote]

http://www.life.com/Life/article/0,2...588202,00.html

 

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meh. except for the middle part of the cat from the third picture, they look like regular tabbies to me. their color is slightly different. just fabulous.....now people will want those instead of maybe going to a breed rescue or the pound.

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Sugden doesnt like to publicize the location of her cattery, for fear of wire-cutting animal-rights activists.
could that mean, maybe, that she thinks she's doing something wrong?
 

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I love her justification that she's saving something rarer than cats' lives - a look. We're talking about destroying lives to manufacture a coloration pattern - and profit, no doubt. The choices are not even remotely morally equivalent.

The ignorance, delusion, conceit, and callousness in her point of view is astounding.

As others have said, when will we respect animals enough to stop treating their genes as playthings?
 

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Let's not worry about saving the world's most endangered species--let's instead breed "designer housepets" to look similar to endangered species!

Prediction for 2015: Shelter workers sigh as they're handed over yet another "toyger."
 

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I noticed the same thing Vegzilla did.

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"There are so many cats out there that are being put to sleep because of overpopulation," says New York City vet Arnold Plotnick, D.V.M. "Don't create more designer species-go to the pound and save a life!"

But as Sugden sees it, Toygers are about saving something rarer-the essence of tigerness.

"Wild animals are disappearing in front of our eyes," she says. "We can't keep big cats where we have people in massive numbers."
I find that to be the most disturbing part of the article.
 

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I think purebred cats are even stupider than purebred dogs. I can accept purebred dogs to the extent that maybe you can't handle a larger or more active dog... and need a dog bred for laying around your house and not shedding a lot... but cats?? ITS A CAT!! Go open a cat of tuna fish outside and take your pick! They're everywhere, certainly don't see whats so special about purebreeds. I think my Monchichi has the best stripes and spots and he was a feral stray.
 

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Seriously! Mine are both Siamese mixes and they're exactly like regular cats with different markings. All the pure breeding won me was a predisposition to asthma, etc.

And mine came out of the middle of a freaking field. You can use your "open a can of tuna" method and half the time still come out with the mix or pure breed of your choice.
 

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