Can Foxes Mate with Cats?

by Alex Kountry
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Can foxes mate with cats? The answer might surprise you.

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Foxes and cats are both members of the Carnivora order, which contains around 260 species of land-dwelling carnivores. Cats are in the Felidae family, which includes lions, tigers, cats, and more. Foxes are in the Canidae family which contains wolves, coyotes, jackals, and more. Both foxes and cats are therefore closely related.

Cats and foxes can mate because they are in the same Carnivora order, but their offspring will be sterile. This is because foxes are canids andcats are felids. These two families diverged about 40 million years ago, so their DNA is too different for successful reproduction.

What is a Fox?

Foxes are small-to-medium sized canines that are found in a wide variety of habitats all around the world. They are skilled hunters and often targeted by farmers and ranchers due to their propensity to prey on livestock. In North America, the most common species of fox is the red fox.

What is a Cat?

A cat is a small carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family, which includes lions, tigers and leopards. Cats have been domesticated for centuries and are kept as pets by millions of people around the world. Though they are known for their independent nature, cats can form strong bonds with their owners and are capable of showing a wide range of emotions.

The Difference Between Foxes and Cats

The main difference between foxes and cats is their size. Foxes are much larger than cats. They also have different shaped eyes, ears, and noses. Foxes live in the wild, while cats can live either in the wild or as pets in people’s homes.

Foxes are carnivores, which means that they eat meat. They usually hunt in packs and eat small animals such as rabbits and mice. Cats are also carnivores, but they are not usually hunters. Pets such as dogs and cats typically eat food that is prepared for them by their owners.

Foxes and cats can mate and produce offspring, but these offspring are usually sterile and cannot have babies of their own.

Can Foxes Mate with Cats?

Mating between different species of animals is relatively rare in the animal kingdom, but it does occur. In some cases, it can even produce viable offspring. However, whether or not foxes can mate with cats is still a matter of debate among experts.

There are a few recorded instances of foxes and cats mating, but it is difficult to say whether or not this is truly a case of interspecies mating or if the animals involved were simply confused about their own species. In general, foxes and cats are not thought to be compatible mates.


In conclusion, foxes and cats can mate, but it’s not common. If you do have a fox and cat that mate, there’s a higher chance that the offspring will be infertile.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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