A New Jersey judge says he wants to make sure a woman's pet is not a purebred bobcat before returning the animal to her.
Stafford Municipal Judge Damian Murray on Friday ordered that the pet be tested.
Owner Ginny Fine says the 38-pound 3-year-old Rocky is a hybrid of a bobcat and a domestic cat.
"I think it is unfair. I think it is cruel," Fine told the judge after hearing his decision.
The test is the latest development in a question over the animal's future.
Rocky ran away last month and has been put in the Popcorn Park Zoo. The judge has said earlier that he could return to Fine only if she built a special pen.
But the judge now says he has learned that the Montana breeder who sold the feline has previously only sold purebred bobcats.
"He's like my child. He's like my baby in jail and doesn't know that anybody loves him," Fine told NBC10's Ted Greenberg as she left court. "He's all alone."
The judge hopes to get the results of the testing in a week or two and will then make a decision about Rocky's future.