Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Particularities And Caveats In Breeding Exotic Cats

By Martha Hill

Adventurous pet owners do away with the tamed and domesticated trope and go for animals that have feral and wild as their hallmark. And so they go for upgraded dogs or birds or fishes. Some are also Breeding Exotic Cats Nebraska.

A word to the wise, though. If you have taken it up in your head to hoard wild animals, you had better give up the germ of the idea. You might have been blindsided by those instances you see in the popular media where lions, tigers, foxes, and bears get along so well with their humans its almost natural. However, thats anything but natural. If you think you can just easily pick out a wild creature from its habitat and domesticate it on the dot, you are about to have your dream ship wrecked by the sharp rocks of reality.

First of all, lets get down to semantics. A pet is defined as an animal that is tamed and domesticated in order to be kept as a companion. A wild animal is its polar opposite. It can do perfectly well on its own and it couldnt care less for human wants, preferences, and convenience.

However, you want it to be, they just dont fit well into the tapestry of human life. They operate on another plane and system, but human interference is more bane than boon to them. For some reason, pet exotic cats have come to mean lynxes, bobcats, ocelots, and caracals in the mainstream. These relatively small cats take anything from small rodents to deer as their meal, but that doesnt make them any less wild than tigers and lions, for example.

If you are not ready to give up the exotic factor, however, you will just have to settle for a travesty. Crash that, it might actually be better than what youre hoping for. If youve ever heard of the Bengal cat, youll get the drift. These feline fur balls were bred from the wild Asian leopard and the domestic shorthair cat. It was unintended, by all means. But the unintentional breeder was surprised because the result was a wonder of wonders, a wildcat looking feline with all the innate qualities of a housecat.

With their spots, stripes, rosettes, and downy white belly, they completely resemble a small wild leopard. But in temperament, they are domesticated cats through and through. They are sociable, playful, energetic, and intelligent. A singular characteristic they have is their love for water, and also their supposed talkativeness. Their distinctive meow, at times similar to the usual house cat, also includes certain chirping sounds that are so not cat like. Moreover, they dont want to be left alone for long periods of time as they are very attached to their owner.

However, they can be a bit pricey. One cat fancier bought her own Bengal for fifty thousand dollars. Perhaps that is why theyve been dubbed as the Rolls Royce of feline companions.

Look for a breeder that knows what hes doing. That not as straightforward as it sounds. The proper breeder will be able to produce healthy and well adjusted kittens. The cats must also be accorded the necessary medical attention and vaccinations, and likewise certified and licensed by the TICA and CFA.

This exotic cat that you wished for may be a handful. More so than your accustomed domestic cats. The important thing is that you are invested, committed, and responsible enough to see your feline all through its life.

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