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Scarlett the Bobcat
Living with a 40-pound cat in the house!
-- whom we call Scarlett - is my pet bobcat. I got her as a cute little
5-week-old kitten from some people that raise them for pets (it is illegal
to take them from the wild). I bottle-fed her for a while which was fun
till she started eating the bottles! Time to advance to real food! One
interesting thing about Bobcat kittens that are bottle-fed is they suck
on each others tails, because they don't get enough nursing time. So when
I got her - her stubby little tail was hairless! See the picture.
----She eats Iams Cat
Food, and she LOVES milk. I have finally learned NOT to carry milk around
with her loose, she will leap up at the bowl and hit it with her very powerful
paw and send milk everywhere. After cleaning up milk off of people, chairs,
couches, pictures and the carpet I have finally learned! She spends a lot
of time in the house and gets along great with the dogs, and she also has
a big exercise pen outside - which she enjoys. But is quick to beg to come
back in when it gets cold!
is actually very unusual for a bobcat - I have talked to many cat trainers
and they all say Bobcats are the hardest cats to train. But I have trained
her to come, sit, down, stay, go from one place to another, jump through
a hoop, jump from one pedestal to another, crawl and roll over and she
leads.... pretty well for a cat! And for the most part she is very well
mannered - though she does have her occasional Bobcat moods! Where she
THINKS the world should revolve around her, she soon remembers it doesn't
and fits back into the "Pack".
is 7 1/2 years old now and weighs about 40 pounds. Many people ask, "Does
she bite?" She does not go around biting people (especially me) but
she is still essentially a wild animal and you have to know how to handle
them. You don't treat them like they are just a good old house cat, you
have to read their moods and know how to deal with them. I really enjoy
her as a pet but they are definitely not an animal I would recommend for
most people. And I tell people that see her, she is not a normal bobcat.
Most are very very hard to be around and some can be downright mean (we
had one awhile ago but that is another story for another day!).
----I often take
Scarlett to town with us to socialize her, people come from all over to
see her. One time I took her to the airport when we were shipping a puppy.
There are two levels to the airport and people on the lower level all came
around in a big group asking tons of questions and people on the second
level were hanging over the railing trying to get a better look! Hum
I know how the stars feel now! -Another time I took her into Shop Ko - because they allow pets
- we went around the store with her in the shopping cart! The looks on
peoples faces as we went walking by with a huge cat in a shopping cart
was pretty fun!
----We have a
big cage that separates the living room and the cage is behind the couch.
The cage is for her if she needs a time out - but she has caught many unsuspecting
people in there! Well, she doesn't really catch them in the cage - but
she LOVES to reach her giant paw through the top of the cage, over the
couch and grab your hair when your watching TV. It can give you quite a
scare if you forget she's in there and it happens in the part of the movie
when you know something is going to happen
but you don't know
what ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------
----And finally, she
likes to play in the water and LOVES soap. She is actually crazy about
it - she will grab the soap bar and roll around on it and carry it around
- and NO ONE takes it away from her. Now I try to get the soap bars up
before she gets to them because she will roll on it so long it matts her
just life with a big cat in the house.
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
Scarlett at 7 years old
Leah and Scarlett and 6 weeks
"If she would just take this lead off I
could climb to the top!".....right.
Scarlett at about 5 months
She loved to climb on top of our Macaws cage,
amazingly Max never got upset about it!
Scarlett at about 6 momths - She LOVES to "take
a bath" -- and she is crazy about soap !
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