Skip to comments.Bobcat or Maine Coon? (Vanity Wildlife Question ...)
Posted on 07/10/2012 11:45:25 PM PDT by skeama
Curious if hunters/outdoors/wildlife FRs know if this is a Bobcat. Here's some details not in the picture itself: If it is in fact a bobcat or a bobcat/linx mix, and even though my cat chased it off the property ... as if it were ... James Mott ... I know bobcats are predators. (So was my cat for her first 18 months, during which time she raised her family) ... but does a domestic cat have any reason, other than disease, even if she's a pretty capable predator herself, to avoid this bobcat? I won't kill it, and I'd love to have it around, but I will see about having it trapped if it's a threat to local pets or even small kids. Thanks! (and feel free to just point me to a good resource if you know the answer but don't have time to get deeply into it.) Here it is a little bigger: Different resolution: (Darn - this is much clearer in an image editor, but I've double checked my html pixel counts Note: the below picture is NOT mine - it is a pretty randomly chosen picture off google images of a bobcat-linx mix ... all these cats seem to vary widely in appearance
If it is in fact a bobcat or a bobcat/linx mix, and even though my cat chased it off the property ... as if it were ... James Mott ... I know bobcats are predators. (So was my cat for her first 18 months, during which time she raised her family) ... but does a domestic cat have any reason, other than disease, even if she's a pretty capable predator herself, to avoid this bobcat?
I won't kill it, and I'd love to have it around, but I will see about having it trapped if it's a threat to local pets or even small kids.
Thanks! (and feel free to just point me to a good resource if you know the answer but don't have time to get deeply into it.)
Here it is a little bigger:
Different resolution: (Darn - this is much clearer in an image editor, but I've double checked my html pixel counts
Note: the below picture is NOT mine - it is a pretty randomly chosen picture off google images of a bobcat-linx mix ... all these cats seem to vary widely in appearance
A bobcat would have longer legs than that (unless those long legs esp. hind legs are hidden by deep vegetation). My guess is it’s a cat.
perfect stride on a big fat cat
Wow, never saw a calico Maine Coon before.
That’s because they are very rare. Only about 25 born per year world-wide, I was told by a breeder. I was tracking all the Maine Coon catteries in North America which I knew dealt with the solid color gene (you need that in order to get a tortie and white or a calico) for months before one of them got a tortie and white kitten in one of their litters and notified me.
I am a tortie and white aficionado. Both my kitties are t/w’s.
Totally looks domestic to me.
That was also what I thought when I saw the pic..not a bobcat.
Hard to tell with the nighttime pic, but it looks like the fur is very thick, and a short to medium length (not long) with ticking. To me, the short, thick fur rules out a big Maine Coon. Also the tail is not a bottle brush like a MC (I think, again hard to tell from pic). So I’m thinking it’s not a MC, and indeed not even a domestic cat.
It does have certain bobcat-ish tendencies, like those round ears and the thickness of the limbs. I would guess a bobcat/domestic cat mix. That would be unusual but not unheard of. A woman I used to know had a Siamese that was impregnanted by a bobcat. She said the cat had trouble birthing the kittens because they were large.
I would think a bobcat/domestic mix might be trouble for small pets, but probably not for children unless they run after it. Post more pics if you get them!
My current oldest girl is a long-haired red tortie, 11 years old. I also have a long-haired tortie-and-white who started life as a feral and was trapped up here in the desert somewhere. Until recently I also had a tiny short-haired tortie, but she had to be put to sleep recently. I also recently adopted another tiny short-haired tortie who is gonna have kittens soon.
Recently at a local PetSmart, I saw an adoptable cat who was a kind of chocolate tortie... no white, but her background color was more dark brown. Her colors were not dilute, but rather muted. She was also beautiful.
One rescuer told me that torties are hard to place, because even totally black cats are more popular to adopt.
I know tortie isn't the only beautiful coat pattern out there, but I just love all those wild markings.
Your tortie-and-white Maine Coon is a beauty. If I had really good cash flow, I might look for a Maine Coon too.
For some reason, here in Lancaster, California, I have seen more torties than other places I've been. Among the numerous kittens being offered for adoption on Craigslist this summer so far, there were a bunch of torties. one party even had a blue-eyed tortie, which I have never seen. Another party had had 4 torties in a litter, 3 black torties and 1 gray (dilute) tortie, all short-haired.
I just love that tortietude!
Chupacabra. I know. One bit my sister in the moose.
Looks like a regular tabby cat to me.
That image got JPEGed, so the resolution is gone.
That’s not a bobcat.
Thanks for replies so far, Hetty most.
There are about 16 pictures, I’ll add them tomorrow. I studied the tail. There is no discernible tail. In 2 or 3 pics, maybe a short tail. 6 of the pics are side shots of the cat walking - and in some cases are better pics for identifying this or that characteristic. Chances are pretty slim you wouldn’t get a single view of a tail in 16 pics though.
I am well acquainted w/coons. In addition to fur, most people don’t know that despite the many variations of characteristics, and the things coons are more well known for, you can tell a coon by it’s facial structure. Most people are looking at size and fur. Size-wise - definitely could be a coon. Not the right fur though as hetty said, absolutely not the right face.
If domestic/bobcat mixes are out there - then I’d definitely believe that.
Re: the Sasquatch picture. That’s so funny that I was going to add in my post that I already predicted it. Please don’t waste your time searching google images for other famous legends like a Lockness or a Bobcat Tractor or Barack Obama’s birth certificate :-)
Anyway - thanks a lot for input - I’ll get those other pictures up tomorrow.
RE: the image -> I uploaded the images to Fliqr.com, referenced them, and even with I had included the exact height and width, still seemed to lose about 2 out of 3 pixels.
Re: ‘Tortie’ - hah - never heard that term before. Could it just be a really really big tortie that's not primarily coon ... yeah, I'd believe that too. But I saw one just like it 2 years ago, and I did a double take. Everything is just off about this cat ... and I've had cats all my life.
OK will read the other post .. FYI - beautiful cats posted.
OK I’m all caught up on posts.
1. Thanks for replies so far
2. Beautiful cat pics
3. I’ll post the lot of the pictures later today w/o editing them at all.
3. Chupacabra / Moose - this is not a political thread. please leave Nancy P and Hillary out of this.
4. Long limbs - agreed. Other pictures have the cat sitting and you get a better idea of limb/muscle structure.
More later- thanks ...
It’s got a tail, for crying out loud! There’s another cat just in back of it. It’s just a regular cat. They were visiting in a back yard somewhere.
Coons all wear the “M”, do they not?
Before you do ANYTHING with the images, save them in PNG format... change what you need to... upload to tinypic and it will produce a jpeg(jpg) automatically. PNG doesn’t lose the quality like the other formats (although it is a much larger file size).
It looks like a normal cat to me from what I can see of it ;)
The body is that of a raccoon. I have both cats and raccoons visiting my cat food bowls outside and they interact often. The cats hiss and bat at the raccoons and the raccoons usually pay attention to that. So, having a cat and a raccoon together is very common. The nose is a bit odd looking in your photos, but it is definitely a raccoon body.
Beautiful cat! But since her tail is “2 liter” she is barred from my town of NYC.
How much does she weigh?
M? Not following? Thanks ...
Over to you Slings and Arrows. :)=^..^=
I thought that was a tabby characteristic? (Referring to the little “M” in the fur pattern atop their heads.)
Looks like a cat to me.
That is a domestic cat.
I have a coon cat and this looks like my cat.
Also, that cat is being followed by another stray that has a white paw and chest. They look like they are coming from under the deck in the background.
Kittens in a couple months?
Awwww... she’s beautiful!
My guess is a feral Maine Coon. Our Livingston (aka Fat Cat) is pushing 30 pounds because he’s, well, fat. But before he porked up, he was well north of 20 pounds. He’s a big boy. The stance looks more like a Maine Coon, I always thought bobcats were a bit rangier with longer legs.
I have a torie alley cat I took in last January, who we’ve named Patch. She has probably lived on our property longer than we have; I remember seeing her in my back yard about a month after we moved into our house in June 2009. She was pretty fearful of us at first, but when I started putting out food (in the hopes of socializing a litter of kittens she’d had) she warmed up to us and eventually began living in our house.
She was pregnant at the time we took her in, and we decided to keep one of her kittens as well - a tortoiseshell tabby my wife named Monkey Face. The other three kittens have been adopted by friends.
Patch is very vocal, and she seems to have bonded pretty strongly with me. When she’s awake, she follows me all around the house, and I’m the only one allowed to touch her head.
“Coons all wear the M, do they not?”
This is a characteristic of tabby cats in general, not only Maine Coons.
Lovely girl! I have a dilute calico Coon mix myself...she’s a tiny bit thinner in the face but otherwise has the same build more or less.
That’s a felix vulgaris.
The easiest way to tell if the kitty is a Maine-Coon or a bobcat would be to pick it up and cuddle it.
If you survive, it’s a Maine-Coon.
Extreme, extreme cellular-level closeup.
I am not a great identifier of house cat breeds, such as Maine Coons, but I had a white, long haired cat that looked a lot like a Persian, when I was a teenager, that grew to 20 lbs if it was an ounce. He roamed the country side at will killing and eating all sorts of small game and finally met his match in our creek bed when he fought a raccoon to the death, they both died. We found the bodies lying by the creek, both of them torn up pretty badly.
After all these years I still miss that cat, he was also very loving when he decided to hang out at home.