|Purred: Tue Apr 10, '12 6:46am PST |
|I would not suggest any 'wild' cat in the sense of a specific sort of wild born creature.
Now, there are 'feral' cats that I have bought in and worked with and have adapted quite well to our home.
I used to work at an animal shelter that was a no kill shelter/clinic. One day, a woman walked in, very tearful. In her arms, barely, was a lion cub. Yes, a real lion cub. She wanted to 'place him for adoption'.
We were dumbfounded.
We called the ASPCA (they helped with cases such as these) and the Humane Law Enforcement Agency came and he was as stunned as we were.
The story? The woman had bought the little cub 'online' from an 'exotic animal dealer'. He had cost her $6000.00. She had thought it would be 'neat to train him like a dog'.
Yes, keeping wild animals is illegal in NY, unless you have a special permit. She didn't. She didn't even know about that. She just wanted a lion. She never thought about when he would start to get big and play like a huge, rough kitten. She also had not thought of when he would need to eat one would need to feed him lots and lots of raw meat. And that maybe that would result in him needing to be housetrained like a dog, and until he was housetrained she would need a very large, large litterbox or place to do his business.
The cub was relocated to a wonderful wildlife rescue in California, and is now a large and healthy boy who has 2 girlfriends. He was extremely sweet and what a good baby...if a big one.
If you are considering a 'wild cat' why not adopt from your local shelter or rescue and tell them you want a cat on 'death row'. Save a life. You will find that it's both worthwhile and wonderful and you'll have a companion that is both exotic in that they survived, and who you'll always feel bonded to.
All the best,
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