Can Cats Mate With Rabbits?

Learn why cats and rabbits, two different species from two different orders, cannot produce offspring.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Updated: September 29, 2014, 12 p.m. EDT

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Cats and rabbits cannot mate. Period.
Q: Is it possible to mate a cat with a rabbit? I have a black and white cat that is 6 months old. His back feet are large and he can stand on them for the longest time. He moves his mouth in the same way a rabbit does when he is eating.

A: Rabbits and cats cannot mate and produce viable offspring, even if they tried, for a number of reasons. Only members of the same species can mate with one another and produce offspring. Cats and rabbits are more than just different species. They are members of entirely different orders. Cats are carnivores. Rabbits are lagomorphs. They are simply too far removed from each other, evolutionarily, to be able to mate successfully.

Additionally, cats and rabbits have very different mating habits. Female cats are induced to ovulate by the barbs at the end of the male cats penis. Male rabbits have smooth penises. Without the barbs, the male rabbit could not stimulate the female cat to ovulate, so there would be no egg for the rabbits sperm to fertilize.
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Patsy Huffman    San Jacinto, CA

7/25/2014 1:30:41 PM

ISAW ON THE NEWS THAT A LADY HAD A RABBIT AND A CAT THAT HAD PRODUCED OFFSPRING AND SHE CALLED THEM KABBITS AND I SAW THEM, THEY HAD THE BODY OF THE CAT AND THE TAIL OF THE RABBIT, THIS WAS OVER FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. SO THIS STUMPING ME I wish she would have notified somebody of this occurring.

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

12/30/2013 9:07:22 AM

Xander -- No, not in any combination.

Xander    Brockville, ON

12/26/2013 12:18:56 PM

What if the rabbit was female and the cat was male?

Jo    Medina, OH

11/23/2012 9:20:26 PM

This is very interesting. I also have a cat that is black and white. He has very short front legs and very long legs. He also stands up on his back legs for long periods of time. When he walks he looks deformed but he runs VERY FAST. Also he will hunt and catch baby rabbits. He doesn't kill them though he tries to play with them. My husband jokes around and smushes the cats cheeks together and he looks exactly like a rabbit when he does that. A friend of mine said she thought the cat was half rabbit and I thought she was crazy. When I looked it up out of curiosity I found this.

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