And only saw her once more. Exotic mammals like bobcats have similarities with other exotic carnivores regarding issues such as not being able to be re-homed easily, reluctance to change, aggression that may surprise owners of more domesticated animals, and other issues.

But, when one considers the care domesticated (and popular exotic) animals get, it is easy to see that perhaps pet owners should be required to educate themselves better.I can appreciate the logical approach you took in this hub. While wild bobcats are unfriendly and bold predators, the dynamic dramatically changes when these animals are hand-raised from babyhood by humans.The animals are curious, affectionate, and are not as 'on edge' as their wild counterparts. I would still love to spend time with these wonderful animals.Lindemann, my cat, liked the purring bobcat.

They are extremely beautiful cats, but can also be very expensive as well. The exception to that is when he is on his cat tree, which I had to order one with a huge square base so he wont knock it over when he jumps up. I believe he/she is about 2 months old. I am preparing an enclosure for him this summer, hoping about 25 feet X 25 feet that he can come and go through a cat door in his bedroom window.I am looking forward to that, putting some real tree limbs inside, plenty of upper shelving and ramps to get up there and shady areas.I have had quite a different experience with my Bobcat than some.

Some sources say that neutering early can possibly prevent it.male or female as house pet? I've also heard of deer and raccoons being taken. and did some experiments with fox in a few generations had made domestic fox from color changes to wagging their tails. It is possible to gain this reward without hurting the animal in the process.I guess the question people need to ask is why are we keeping wild animals in captivity? He will bite the S... out of you if you mess with him while he is eating, pick him up when he is asleep or don't pay attention to his moods. Now you have to have a zoo license to keep one, and most people who had them as pets were forced to send them to a zoo somewhere. The downfall is these animals bond and learn to love and want to be around us so you are liable for that unique animals future.RTalloni-- I hope that just by telling the truth that people will be dissuaded from owning them.The photo drew me in--I love them, but am not committed to owning one. Because Calif ban commercial reptile collecting and sales we have never learned how to breed many of the very cheap animals in Captivity and there is no interest in the Scientific or educational institutions to do it. Ask any keeper at a sanctuary- cruel would be an exaggeration, but if you care about the utmost well-being of the animal, than you aren't going to keep it in less than optimal conditions (in its natural habitat), if you have the choice.Yes, pet bobcats shouldn't be released. Videos of her chasing a laser light all over the house. Then I noticed movement in the background and she had two small kittens with her. I have many photos of her sleeping in the bed with us.

Cats and dogs want to roam if given the chance, but they don't go crazy when they don't. One keeper even keeps their pet bobcat with their pet muntjac deer, proclaiming that bobcats, when raised with other animal species, will accept those animals into their family; hence why they can keep what normally would be a wonderfully suitable prey animal for the cat. He is a very loving animal and wants to be around me all the time. While Nevada has very loose legislation, they regulate a few species, and bobcats may be regulated because they are native.This link says "All felines, except mountain lions and bobcats;" are legal. A cougar was my top childish choice. No, it is not cruel to keep one in conditions lesser than free-roaming in the wild. If exotics end up in the shelter I will consider rescuing them.It's nice to know that doing just "fine" is okay by your standards. This is his space to retreat to, at night we close the door and let him out around 6:00am in the morning. He loves Salmon raw and TunaBear plays fetch like a dog, obeys hand signal commands and can jump 4 feet straight up from the floor chasing my flying elastic hairbands that I use like a slingshot :)Bear chose my rocking chair back upholstery for cat scratching and had left the rest of the furniture alone, he does use his cat tree for scratching also.He has never sprayed, he is neutered. She is very lovable and loves to sleep on the couch or in the bathtub.I would not recommended them as pets but if someone has giving you this bobcat as a kitten with the eyes. And how playful she wasWow great article Melissa.

If they are not taken when there eyes are closed you can't tame them.I didn't mean 'caught' literally, but I know there are laws in most states surrounding animals that originate from the wild and haven't been bred in captivity (bobcats are illegal in most states even if they are captive-bred). It should probably be with a licensed wildlife rehabber.Hello I have many questions on raising a bobcat. Leash walking is inherently risky. Bobcats are native to many areas in North America, including most states in the U.S, in which they are also the most abundant wild feline.They are highly successful at spreading across a broad range of habitats because they are highly adaptable to varying conditions. There are certainly a lot of downsides to taking on the ownership of exotic pets like bobcats. Hopefully you don't run into problems with the law for harboring a wild-caught bob.I have a bobcat, Callie, and I wouldn't think that inexperienced owners should have one.