The Mysterious Cabbit
What is a cabbit? It's a cross between a cat and a rabbit. They're as cute as rabbits, but as affectionate as cats. But according to Sarah Hartwell, who's written an extensive study about this animal over at MessyBeast.com, cabbits aren't real. Though having said that, they're not exactly tall-tale creatures either, like the jackalope or fur-bearing trout, because there have been documented cases of animals that look like cat-rabbit hybrids. But these apparent hybrids always turn out to be cats with genetic mutations that have resulted in rabbit-like deformities. As Hartwell notes, "It is possible to cross-breed some animals... But you can't get crossbreeds from cats and rabbits because they are unrelated and are genetically very different from each other. A cat is a carnivore with its whole body adapted to hunting and meat-eating. A rabbit is a herbivore with its whole body adapted to eating plants." Lots of other curious cats are discussed over at MessyBeast.com including squittens, kangaroo cats, cacoons, cat-skunks, and woof-pusses. (via Metafilter)
A manx is a breed of cat that has long back legs, short front legs, and either a short or no tail. When a manx runs, it runs with a bunny-like hop. From a distance it might look like a cabbit. I have a cat who's half manx, so she does carry the characteristic run-hop and short tail.Posted by john in NH on Thu Aug 26, 2004 at 02:24 PM
Years ago someone around here (Dallas-Fort Worth area) managed to get on local TV news shows with an alleged "cabbit." It seemed pretty obvious to me it was nothing but an obese cat with a fairly short tail.Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas, Texas on Thu Aug 26, 2004 at 07:11 PM
And a cat is a hunter and a rabbit a prey animal, so instead of the cabbit chasing its tail and be furthermore totally nuts, it would chase and eat itself.Posted by Chipo on Fri Aug 27, 2004 at 05:13 AM
My parents have a manx too, and it runs just like you'd expect a "cabbit" to run.Posted by SS on Fri Aug 27, 2004 at 10:29 AM
Alex, mind if I mention this on my website? This is quite interesting.Posted by Alex in GA on Sun Aug 29, 2004 at 10:58 PM
Feel free to mention it. No need to ask.Posted by The Curator in San Diego on Mon Aug 30, 2004 at 02:49 AM
hey get out of alex's name, fool!Posted by john in NH on Mon Aug 30, 2004 at 06:42 PM
hello and thank you very much!!!!Posted by katelyn king in nashport on Tue Sep 07, 2004 at 11:51 AM
ok, then how come my cat had kittens that had fur like a rabbit, and one of them looks exactly like a rabbit, and it can't meow, but it sqeaks? i'm not saying it IS a cabbit, because i'm confused. but my friend insists they are ... (the mother isn't a manx,shes a siamese)Posted by katie on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 08:36 PM
anybody have any suggestions?
anybody have any suggestions?
No clue what so everPosted by kate on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 08:49 PM
I had a cabbit when i was younger...they are real...i remember it clearly.Posted by Katie in New york on Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 09:14 PM
when i was 14 years ago i went to someones house in monroe michigan they had what they called a cabit the front looked completely like a cat and thee hind legs and tail were that of a rabbitt so could a mutation look so perfectly like another animalPosted by mandy in toledo ohio on Mon May 26, 2008 at 01:33 AM
I have a manx/cabbit bunny hopper.I think the gene that causes this deformity is now a rogue gene because this cat came from a normal walking manx and a longtail female. They have bowel problems that can be hard to deal with. I have to rub his stomach to make him go #2.he has to eat high quality food high in fiber and with less corn and wheat, and you have to clean their behinds everyday. Very high maintenance,but it was take him or the neighbors were going to axe him.Couldnt let that happen and he hops faster than my other 2 and he tries to talk when he meows.Posted by Tiffany in Texas on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 03:51 AM
When I was younger, I had a female cat and buck rabbit that would sleep in the same cage together. According to my parents, the two would "go at it" in the cage all the time. Then my calico cat got pregnant and when it was time to give birth, ah give birth in the black and white rabbit's cage with the rabbit inside. The offspring looked very much cat-like, except for their unusually long back legs, and there's no Manx cat breed in this cat, mind you, so it's not possible for the cats to be Manx. But what was strange was that the kittens were all different kinds of breeds. There was a calico, different colored tabbies, and two kittens that had the same exact kind of black and white pattern as the rabbit we owned. It's very unusual for a cat, even a calico, to have so many different breeds of kittens in one litter, and it was even crazier that two looked exactly like our rabbit. Even stranger still was their hopping ability. Not just when they walked, they had the same bouncy step to them every kitten has, but we had a four foot board separating them from the rest of the room so they wouldn't get into everything, and a couple people witnessed the kittens simply jump over the board, without a running start! Later once the kittens were given away, my grandmother had gotten one, and she would tell us of her cabbit's strange behavior. He would sit up on his hindquarters, like you'd see a rabbit do, and twitch his nose rapidly exactly like a rabbit would. After the buck rabbit died, we had a few rabbits after him, male and female, but my cat was never even friendly towards them, but she would attack them and bite their necks, which she never did with that one rabbit. So I don't care what people say, I'm totally convinced that cabbits exist.Posted by Alyssa in Berra, Kentucky on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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