In the discussion thread: Anyone ever have, or know of anyone who did have, a Big Cat as a pet? Not a hybrid, [View all]
Response to raccoon (Original post)
Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:03 PM
nolabear (18,313 posts)
27. Okay...yes I knew people who had wild cats. It is a terrible thing to do to a big cat.
I worked in wildlife rehab thirty years back and we had a mountain lion, a couple of bobcats, some wolves, several black bears and multitudes of other smaller mammals and birds that either were victims of construction or cars, and sometimes dumb but wellmeaning citizens (oh, those fawns...)
Wild animals raised as pets are functionally insane. They cannot reat humans the way they would treat other animals, they are triggered in ways that predators are triggered and even their owners can do that. They are bored, unfulfilled, often poorly fed even if intentions are good. They cannot relate to their fellows in a healthy way if they are imprinted on people. Sometimes that can be helped, sometimes not. Their urine is strong for marking and smells to high heaven. They get ill like any animal does and it's hard to find a vet that will treat them (I actually talked my own dentist into doing a root canal on our mountain lion once. I'd probably be arrested today but it worked and it was what we could get.)
I adored our critters and spent hours trying to make their lives better. And I thoroughly appreciate the lure of a lovely baby. But they grow into strong, frustrated, wild animals and it's truly sad to see them unable to be what they were meant to be.
Bad idea all around.
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|Arugula Latte||Oct 2012||#20|
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|NV Whino||Oct 2012||#12|
Okay...yes I knew people who had wild cats. It is a terrible thing to do to a big cat.
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