ALC – asian leopard cat
born on April 5th 2014, Germany
Will permit: Will_permit_2017
Will is a small predator, called prionailurus bengalensis in latin, known as ALC, asian leopard cat. Domesticated bengal cat was bred from these predators. Asian leopard cats are assigned into breeding programs for aproaching wild predator type of cat, which is going away by hybridizing already domesticated bengal cats. Breed of ALC is subjected to CITES registration, breeder must fulfill conditions for breeding animals requiring special care. It is important to know that breeding ALC isn´t same as breeding domesticated cat. It´s neccesary to count with wild side of cat, which has its own needs and own special behavior altough the animal is raised by a human.
Why do we have Will in our cattery?
Will is a dream came through about breeding „wild“ animals. My ambition weren´t so far to have own asian leopard cat. Anyway I just couldn´t refuse to own this beautiful animal after all. We do produce kittens with perfect profile, wild head, short strong tail and beautiful rossetted pattern from mating Will with our domesticated bengal queens. Unfortunately the pattern gets worst by hybridizing ALC and bengal cat in a first generation. It is usual that by hybridizing ALC and bengals with poor-quality pattern spotted kittens are born. However by careful selection there is a big hope to have rossetted kittens even in the first generation after ALC cat. And that is our goal.
Will lives with us in our home and has a company of other of our cats. He has the access to everywhere he wants and where is it safe for him to go. Will is very used to permanent contact with humans ever since, so he is a part of our family in his adulthood as well. As a male who is not neutered, he is spraying, sometimes less, sometimes more. To adjust a household to this fact is really necessary. For us it is not a reason to keep him apart from the household. We have to really pay the attention about choosing the right toys for Will. We prefer dog toys made from nature rope. Cat toys are not appropriate for him because it can be gnaw through very easily and their parts then eaten. ALCs often eat small objects, which is dangerous. Will does “love” clothes and fabric, so the lost t-shirt doesn´t have to be found in the same condition 😉
Will´s menu consists of (mostly) raw beef with vitamins and minerals we add. In very small amount he eats dry food for cats. The best delicacy for him is mozzarella but he also doesn´t refuse butter, which he is able to lick off pastry in lightning speed.
Is asian leopard cat (ALC) appropriate as a pet?
Sometimes people ask me if ALC is appropriate as a pet. My answer is: NO, it is NOT
Even though Will is a small predator, in our case bottle-fed since his first days, he is still a predator. It´s very difficult to raise this kind of kitten, no doubt about it. In many ways his acting is so different from the „normal“ cat. I´m breeding cats for many years but I´m sometimes still surprised by his behavior. He is just different, he acts and reacts differently, has special needs. ALCs are independent cats, they are active especially at night. This classification should dissuade potentional candidate for ALC as pet. In my opinion it´s such a shame to change the beautiful predator into a pet just for caprice and desire to own something exotic.
We use ALC from private breeding programs where ALC are bred in capture and they probably wouldn´t survive outdoors. However as we do have these predators in our homes, it ´s my priority to have them as a part of breeding programs, which goal is upgrading something.
Marking offspring from ALC and bengal cat:
F1 = ALC + domesticated cat 50% of wild blood
F2 = ALC + domesticated cat 25% ofwild blood
F3 = ALC + domesticated cat 12% of wild blood
F4 = ALC + domesticated cat 6% of wild blood