Wild Cats as Pets??

Skye LoweSkye Lowe Sqwee VilleMember Posts: 69
edited 12 April, 2012 in Choosing the Right Cat
I'm not talking about those huge cats lol I mean those ADORABLE little ones that are so beautiful and exotic, with the ear tufts and the long legs. Is it possible to train them as pets, is it even right to keep a wild cat as a pet?? Has anyone done this before? I think it'd be so cool to have one as a pet =; ...Then again, I also want a Red Panda as a pet lol! :))

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  • Cat CourtCat Court DallasMember Posts: 13
    edited 22 May, 2007
    Maahes's Mom here. I don't think it would be a great idea to have any sort of wild animal as a pet - they haven't had years and years of taming, and being pets, like domestic cats have. In some states, it's legal to have cougars and tigers as pets, but so many people do not realize the energy and money it takes to have these creatures. I know you're talking about a smaller cat, but...I don't know, something about it rubs me the wrong way, you know?
  • Ann HallettAnn Hallett Costa MesaMember Posts: 144
    edited 22 May, 2007
    Absolutely not. Don't even consider it. It would be irresponsible to bring such an animal into your home. Cats were domesticated for a reason...to live in our homes. If you like the exotic look, there are plenty of breeds to satisfy that. Do your homework first. Just because a cat fits the "look" that you want does not mean its personality will fit in with your home and family. Remember that your decision to bring an animal into your home is life-long. You don't select an animal as a novelty.
  • Amy BurchfieldAmy Burchfield Shaker HeightsMember Posts: 145
    edited 22 May, 2007
    I agree with Griffey. Keeping exotic animals as pets is extremely irresponsible and inhumane.
  • Lis CareyLis Carey Member Posts: 5,402
    edited 22 May, 2007
    Persephone, I'm sorry, but no, it would not be cool to have a wildcat as a pet. A wildcat would have you for dinner, and hurt your mom or dad. Depending on where you live, your pawrent(s) could also be committing a crime. If you must have "the look", look at some of the purebreds that have a "wild" appearance, but which are domestic cats well suited to live with humans. An ocicat perhaps, or a Maine Coon, like me--some lines of Maine Coons are quite large and have very "wild" appearance, but we're very people-oriented and affectionate.
  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
    edited 22 May, 2007
    I agree, wild cats are not pets! If you desire the look of a wild cat, there are several breeds that bred to resemble them such as: Bengals, Savannahs, and Occicats. FYI: the Occicat is the ONLY breed bred to resemble wild cats that has NO wild cat blood. The CFA (Cat Fancier\'s Association) will NOT accept any breeds with any wild cat blood - therefor the Occicat is the only breed that resembles wild cats and can be registered with the CFA. Occicats are a hybrid mixture between Abys, Siamese, and American Shorthairs and have an exotic wild spotted coat.
  • mailani hornmailani horn san pedroMember Posts: 173
    edited 22 May, 2007
    i am a bengal which means that i am a hybrid between a domestic cat and an asian leopard cat. boy, WE ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE. we demand much more attention than domestic cats and your humans have to basically baby proof their house. we can open cabinets and doors, we love to drag everything out all over the house (think wild raccoons being left alone in the house all day). and we tend to latch onto one person who we will be very dependant on, so kiss those long vacations away from home goodbye or a job where you won't be around to play with us for long periods of time. for example, if i don't get my one hour of fetch a day i will make sure to scream at my human for hours on end until i get what i want. this also makes it very hard to rehome a bengal or any other hybrid such as a savannah so you better be darn sure you will be able to care for it for it's entire life. also, alot of vets do not like to see us if we are too closely related to the asian leopard cat because we can get nasty. my human thinks that pixie-bobs are one of the coolest wild looking domestic cats. wild look with no wild instincts.
  • Ann HallettAnn Hallett Costa MesaMember Posts: 144
    edited 23 May, 2007
    Thank you, Uni. While I posted strong feelings earlier, yours are more specific and very true for Bengals. We're LOUD, we demand lots of attention and our mom never expects to have fine furniture. Oh, and there's the whole nocturnal thing...! That's a life choice that mom happily makes, knowing that it is for LIFE. The best thing to do is for a potential owner to spend lots of time with the breed they are considering and speak with various, reputable breeders. Hopefully the original post was just in fun, but this subject is not to be taken lightly. Any visitor that comes into our house and has not experienced a Bengal is amazed. We are not your common cat, and we are not for just anyone. Please do your homework and find the right kitty for your home, family and lifestyle. Additionally, read my brother Carson's bio. Do your homework with vets, too, and particularly if you are selecting an exotic breed.
  • Faye DufourFaye Dufour Destrehan, LA/New Orleans areaMember Posts: 4,648
    edited 23 May, 2007
    Good posts from the Bengals. My meowmy said she did not know you all were actually a cross between a domestic and small wild cat. Obviously the people you own did their research and knew what special needs you would have. Therefore, you have wonderful, forever homes. Even the most basic \"allley cat\" can live up to 18-20 years in a good home (the kind we wish ALL kitties had), so do your research into what any special attention a certain breed might need and be certain you want to commit to giving your new pet, correction, your new owner, the time and attention it will need to thrive. Besides, there are LOTS AND LOTS of wonderful cats and kittens out there in shelters, just waiting to adopt a person. You could find a yellow tabby and pretend you have a tiger. Or a black cat for a panther. Our meowy calls my brother Louis her \"Panther Puss\". Emma, Louis and Benny:^:
  • Kristen MaranciakKristen Maranciak PittsburghMember Posts: 560
    edited 23 May, 2007
    I agree about the Bengals...we can be a lot of work. Another cool domestic cat the looks wild is an Egyptian Mau. They kinda resemeble an Ocicat.
  • Jill DeyarminJill Deyarmin Member Posts: 34
    edited 24 May, 2007
    My mommy just did a research essay on Bengals and discovered that she really wants to adopt one! Just make sure that if you want one, that you research the breeders VERY CAREFULLY because some breeders are unethical and sell F-1 through F-3 as domestic Bengals (F-1 means one generation removed from the wild asian leopard cat, and so on) An F-4 Bengal is considered Studbook Tradition and also domesticated. So, be sure to do your research. The International Cat Association (TICA) allows Bengals to compete under the Championship Status. The only naturally occuring spotted domestic cat is the Egyptian Mau, which is also quite beautiful. Ocicats are domestic crosses and Savannahs are like Bengals only instead of being outcrossed with Asian Leopard Cats, they\'re crossed with the wild African Serval. TICA doesn\'t allow Savannahs to compete under Champion status, but they do allow them to compete under Advanced New Breed. I look to see that they will advance to Champion status soon. So, there are a lot of options out there. Take care, and I hope you find a domestic breed that satisfies your \"wild\" taste!|^|
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 24 May, 2007
    I believe that what makes a wild animal so beautiful is the fact that it is wild. Wild animals can be trapped and taken from their home and have their spirits broken so that they will be subservient to humans, but they'll never really be pets. They'll never take joy in bonding with humans the way true pets do. Better to let them be what they were meant to be, and appreciate their beauty from afar.
  • Ann HallettAnn Hallett Costa MesaMember Posts: 144
    edited 24 May, 2007
    Re: Bengals...it is not unethical for a breeder to sell an F3 cat. I am an F3 and so is my brother, Griffey. F3 cats are not eligible for show and the males are usually sterile so we are often sold as pets. We just need a home that welcomes our personalities and physical needs (big litterboxes, lots of play stuff). We are high maintenance and pretty awesome if I do say so myself! We\'ve even met an F2 Bengal here on Catster that is very well adjusted. It absolutely depends on the home environment and the amount of attention and love that the kitty gets. We\'re lucky to have come from an excellent breeder here in southern California. There\'s a delicate balance between a breeder selling a cat to a good home, and the new owner being responsible and well informed.
  • Lynda StrayerLynda Strayer Arcadia/My House/Kitty CondoMember Posts: 19
    edited 25 May, 2007
    Meeooww, I am a Bengal kitten, they call me TJ "The Terror" kitten:D. I am very smart, want all Mom's attention and get into everything..but Mom has had a Bengal before, our dear departed Swizzle Anne. Mom says I'll calm down with age..we'll see! Before she adopted me she adopted a Bengal girl kitten, and that one was real wild..then she found out the kittens grandma cat was some type of wildcat. Mom kept her for a week and took her back. She loved Mom, but tried to hurt Hope and Marble. I think Bengals are as wild as Mom wants to get:)) Purrs, TJ
  • mailani hornmailani horn san pedroMember Posts: 173
    edited 26 May, 2007
    i don't think you will ever have to worry about a breeder selling you an f-1 through f-3 as a regular bengal. they wouldn't even be close to the same price. the closer to the asian leopard cat, the more expensive because it means that the breeder most likely has an ALC in their possesion which are hard to acquire, require special permits, special diets, special housing, etc....the more exotic = more expensive.
  • edited 11 April, 2012
    yes you can do this because every cats is a lover you can trained them as a pets.don't worry that this cat is wild cat you have to trained them with a very lovely method and don't get frighten that wild cats create problem for you.
  • Debra HoffmannDebra Hoffmann RidgewoodMember Posts: 1,174
    edited 10 April, 2012
    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, Natalie's mom, Deb
  • Mary DubuissonMary Dubuisson Member Posts: 296
    edited 12 April, 2012
    There used to be a pet store near me that sold exotic animals. I used to enjoy going in there to look at the less exotic ones, like ferrets and guinea pigs, but over time they had everything from kangaroos, to pigs, to even a baby bobcat. Luckily the place is out of business now, but I still see the guy walking around with his monkey sometimes. You can't expect a wild animal to adapt to living anywhere but in the wild really. I agree though, a cat on death row is bound to be plenty wild enough if you want to work with a creature that needs some TLC!
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 12 April, 2012
    I am stunned that someone here is even asking this question. If you love animals please know that wild animals are wild for a reason and they should be respected as such. I cannot even stand to see animals in the circus, it's not their proper environment!!! They need to be left alone in the wild and in my opinion there is no good reason for someone to keep a wild animal as a pet. We are NOT above animals in this world in the sense that they have feelings and need their freedom as much as we do. domestic animals are different and we love ours and care for them as our children. Besides that animal could turn on you one day and if you live to tell about it, you'd be regretting it at that point.
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