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2012-12-28 01:39:00 AM  
How do you do that?  Cheat at cards with it?
 
2012-12-28 01:46:21 AM  
Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.
 
2012-12-28 01:47:07 AM  
Put hot wax on it.
 
2012-12-28 01:49:06 AM  

optikeye: Put hot wax on it.


Sure, it'll smell nice, but then you have the problem of getting the wax off the cat.
 
2012-12-28 01:55:15 AM  
So the cat is posting in the Politics tab now?
 
2012-12-28 02:12:19 AM  
a: plus one
b: I think she might have too closely imprinted with bipeds to do well in the wild- who is going to teach her how to hunt ? Just showing her a male or two isnt gonna cut it- that was mommas job.
c: I have a feeling she will end up forever in a sanctuary, and  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

NO . Just NO.
 
2012-12-28 02:20:37 AM  

Pray 4 Mojo: So the cat is posting in the Politics tab now?


I LOL'd.
 
2012-12-28 02:27:43 AM  
I'll help.

*boot*
 
2012-12-28 03:04:29 AM  
I can help.  Cats hate me, no matter how friendly I am.
 
2012-12-28 03:43:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.


I.....

*blink....blink*

I have an idea.

You try the pet bobcat idea yourself and see how that turns out.
 
2012-12-28 04:01:51 AM  
They are doing the good and right thing, but this still makes me sad. Transcribing the way I speak of this young feline would ruin my masculine image.

\ But she just wants snuggles...
 
2012-12-28 04:47:52 AM  

Pray 4 Mojo: So the cat is posting in the Politics tab now?


Hee-hee.
 
2012-12-28 05:04:10 AM  
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-28 07:50:06 AM  
What the hell...

Every wildlife rehabber has to do this on a regular basis... at least the ones who work with something other than birds and deer.

It really is the most heartbreaking job imaginable... If you fail... they die. If you do it right, they will learn to hate you and everyone like you and go away.
 
2012-12-28 08:11:52 AM  
"If you have a friendly bobcat in the wild, that's not going to work," said volunteer Jill Tripoli, who squirts the kitten with a water bottle if she tries cuddling up to humans.

I would be very bad at that job.
 
2012-12-28 09:17:47 AM  
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"Hello, Front Desk?  The room service has really gone downhill this week."
 
2012-12-28 09:51:11 AM  
I was actually expecting the xkcd "making the world a weirder place" comic by this time
 
2012-12-28 09:58:12 AM  
Snarf Snarf
 
2012-12-28 10:02:38 AM  

alienated: a: plus one
b: I think she might have too closely imprinted with bipeds to do well in the wild- who is going to teach her how to hunt ? Just showing her a male or two isnt gonna cut it- that was mommas job.
c: I have a feeling she will end up forever in a sanctuary, and   AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.
NO . Just NO.


Why not? If someone has a few decades to blow selectively breeding bobcats until they're somewhat domesticated, that's between them and the large volume of infected scratches they'll get.
 
2012-12-28 10:06:46 AM  

optikeye: Put hot wax on it.



Dripping wax on a pussy . . . you're doing it wrong.
 
2012-12-28 10:08:16 AM  

Kittypie070: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

I.....

*blink....blink*

I have an idea.

You try the pet bobcat idea yourself and see how that turns out.


i109.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-28 10:08:21 AM  
I think this is a job for Micheal Vick. Of course if it doesn't get meaner he will strangle it.
 
2012-12-28 10:09:52 AM  
Ever try stuffing a melted marshmallow up a wildcat's ass? It can be done, but you have to like your job
 
2012-12-28 10:11:29 AM  
More dangerous is taming a cougar............
 
2012-12-28 10:12:33 AM  
I don't live to terribly far from there (I'm in the suburbs of Sac, on the  same side as Placerville, so maybe 30 minutes on the freeway) and we get bobcats here all the time, despite the heavy traffic not far from my house. My son and I have seen one running into the wooded area behind our house several times now. They usually run away from humans, not follow them around. That this one was following around the fire crews is incredibly weird and makes  me wonder if someone was feeding the momma before the Plumas fire started,  making the kitten trust them too much. People don't realize how much damage you can do to the wildlife by "being nice". Don't even get  me started on people who feed bears.

/we also get mountain lions here in the 'burbs from  time  to time
//they're scary, though
 
2012-12-28 10:14:09 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.


Taking any excess wolves out of the North American populations alive and using them to recreate domesticated dogs would probably work better. All the Russians had to do was choose the silver foxes the least afraid of humans for what, 12-16 fox generations and they had domesticated foxes, and we already know domesticating wolves the first time worked out at least as well. And we could leave out breeding them to guard things and to chase other animals like the first dogs and do it all scientifically this time..
 
2012-12-28 10:16:42 AM  

ggecko: More dangerous is taming a cougar............


Nah.. those old broads arent nearly as wild as the media makes them out to be.
 
2012-12-28 10:19:24 AM  

SwiftFox: 12-16 fox generations


It was way more that that. Foxes reach reproductive maturity fairly quickly, and the experiment went on for almost forty years. There were at least 30 generations, if I recall correctly.
 
2012-12-28 10:19:27 AM  
Just get into a gun debate with it.
 
2012-12-28 10:21:19 AM  
Give it to Michael Vick.
 
2012-12-28 10:21:25 AM  

ggecko: More dangerous is taming a cougar............


You don't need to tame them, you just need to not get them pregnant.
 
GBB
2012-12-28 10:24:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.


And turn it into the feline version of the pitbull terrier? I like the sound of this actually. Then I can reply to threads with "Well, MYYYYyyyyy bobcat wouldn't hurt a fly. It must be the owner's fault."
 
2012-12-28 10:29:08 AM  

Kittypie070: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

I.....

*blink....blink*

I have an idea.

You try the pet bobcat idea yourself and see how that turns out.



Any particular reason why not? I had a domesticated cat which at 38 lbs. was easily as big as a bobcat and it was awesome. He was pretty huge for a housecat, but that just meant your lap was thoroughly warmed when he curled up on it.

Seems to me a line of domesticated bobcats would just be cats which are a little on the big side.
 
2012-12-28 10:29:33 AM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: People don't realize how much damage you can do to the wildlife by "being nice".


Humans killing/driving off the mother by starting the fire probably did more damage than 'being nice', Spay 'Chips', keep her safe and try not to do any more damage to her.

/fought fire in Plumas decades ago.
 
2012-12-28 10:34:33 AM  
I totally couldn't do this job. All I would do would go "aww kitty!" and want to pet it and get it to do bobcat purrs.

/ totally a sucker for teh kittehs
// don't care if some people think its not "manly." Cats are awesome.
 
2012-12-28 10:34:53 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.


Are they hypoallergenic?
 
2012-12-28 10:37:05 AM  
supersoaker filled with cheap vodak

/volunteer at wildlife center
//raise orphan raccoons for release
///can only release if they hate and fear humans
////vodak does that to critters and the ex-wife
 
2012-12-28 10:41:41 AM  

StarshipAngel: I totally couldn't do this job. All I would do would go "aww kitty!" and want to pet it and get it to do bobcat purrs.

/ totally a sucker for teh kittehs
// don't care if some people think its not "manly." Cats are awesome.



You know what's REALLY manly? Not giving two shiats what other people think is manly or not. Cats are indeed awesome.


Lt_Ryan: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

Are they hypoallergenic?



No cats or dogs are hypoallergenic. Some breeders just started claiming it, but the last I heard any time those claims are actually investigated they turn out to not be true.
 
2012-12-28 10:43:41 AM  

PonceAlyosha: SwiftFox: 12-16 fox generations

It was way more that that. Foxes reach reproductive maturity fairly quickly, and the experiment went on for almost forty years. There were at least 30 generations, if I recall correctly.


IIRC, they took on a lot of traits of domesticated dogs very quickly, though, probably on the time scale SwiftFox mentioned. Floppy ears, curly tails, and blue eyes are all apparently linked to the genes that make canines more docile. I'd like to see something similar done with bobcats, just out of curiosity, to be honest. I wonder how quickly you'd get a bobcat that insisted on sitting on the newspaper when you were trying to read it.

/do you even call a fox a canine? I guess it's a vulpine, but you know what I mean
 
2012-12-28 10:47:49 AM  
AverageAmericanGuy:

Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

Domestic cats, if not cooped up in the apartment all day, aren't really domesticated still: the difference is realizing that they can eat what they'll kill for fun anyway. Given that, I don't see anything wrong with breeding pet bobcats. But there's a middle ground: why not just let this one bobcat stay as tame as it already is? If she's spayed she won't miss male bobcats and she's already bonded to humans. Apparently Charlie the Coyote is still a pet. The keepers would have to remember what she's capable of, perhaps you won't want her sleeping with your baby, but why force her to be wild if she doesn't want to be? Let her stay with somebody with a big fenced yard and get her a nice dog to play with: my big Pomeranian (or dwarf Keeshond) grew up with ferrets (we have to rescue him from them when they play too rough) and likes cats more than other dogs.

PC can be overdone. People who are totally incapable of making individual exceptions should be taken out and shot.
 
2012-12-28 11:03:49 AM  
"Instead of office chair, package contained cute affectionate bobcat. A++ would buy again."
 
2012-12-28 11:07:09 AM  
Is a bobcat an endangered species? If not, I say let it stay with the humans. No point trying to confuse the little fella by acting mean to it.
 
2012-12-28 11:14:08 AM  

Chinchillazilla: PonceAlyosha: SwiftFox: 12-16 fox generations

It was way more that that. Foxes reach reproductive maturity fairly quickly, and the experiment went on for almost forty years. There were at least 30 generations, if I recall correctly.

IIRC, they took on a lot of traits of domesticated dogs very quickly, though, probably on the time scale SwiftFox mentioned. Floppy ears, curly tails, and blue eyes are all apparently linked to the genes that make canines more docile. I'd like to see something similar done with bobcats, just out of curiosity, to be honest. I wonder how quickly you'd get a bobcat that insisted on sitting on the newspaper when you were trying to read it.

/do you even call a fox a canine? I guess it's a vulpine, but you know what I mean


A "canid". Distantly related to dogs but not close enough to other foxes to have even sterile hybrids.
 
2012-12-28 11:20:10 AM  
Wild cats are bred with domestics.
There are different levels according to how many generations.
Saw it on the tube a couple nights ago.

http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/Thursday-December-27-Cats/-/12523032/17 8 35776/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/dclvyw/-/index.html

/I'd love a cat that could wail on the neighbor's yappy dog.
 
2012-12-28 11:31:28 AM  

cgraves67: I think this is a job for Micheal Vick. Of course if it doesn't get meaner he will strangle it.


You could leave it at Michae....damnit, too late.
 
2012-12-28 11:39:15 AM  
I want a Savannah F1
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2012-12-28 11:39:48 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-12-28 11:59:00 AM  

GungFu: Is a bobcat an endangered species? If not, I say let it stay with the humans. No point trying to confuse the little fella by acting mean to it.


its a tough spot for sure. on one hand I fear it might be too late for this one. on the other hand, my 8 lb house kitty has hurt me on occasion.
 
2012-12-28 12:04:35 PM  
I guess you could scream at it and pelt it with various objects...
 
2012-12-28 12:06:40 PM  

MarkMartinFan: supersoaker filled with cheap vodak

/volunteer at wildlife center
//raise orphan raccoons for release
///can only release if they hate and fear humans
////vodak does that to critters and the ex-wife


I wish we could legally release orphan raccoons here.

Its still done, but the underground rehab networks are always super paranoid about working with anyone here... and good luck finding a vet that will work with you as well now. (Unless you have known them for years)

/love my baby thieves
 
2012-12-28 12:20:06 PM  
get dwayne wade to do it, he has experience with this kind of thing
 
2012-12-28 12:45:12 PM  

Lt_Ryan: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

Are they hypoallergenic?


That's what Allerpet is for. Fantastic stuff.
 
2012-12-28 12:46:06 PM  

MarkMartinFan: supersoaker filled with cheap vodak

/volunteer at wildlife center
//raise orphan raccoons for release
///can only release if they hate and fear humans


I'll have to try that one. We've had a problem with raccoons getting into the dumpsters, getting stuck, then lunging at people when they try to put garbage in the dumpsters. Additionally, they're not the cleanest of eaters, so when there's enough garbage in the dumpster they'll go in and out, leaving trash all over the ground.

Something else raccoons don't like: being flour-bombed. 1 bucket of water, 1 bucket of flower. It's humbled even the most aggressive raccoon we've come across. I've never had to flour-bomb the same raccoon twice. They usually don't even come back to the dumpsters after that. Certainly far more humane than killing them.
 
2012-12-28 12:50:07 PM  
i2.kym-cdn.com

/I'll handle this.
 
2012-12-28 01:02:10 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-28 01:45:52 PM  
I'll do it. I'm going to need 4 bottles of beer, a throw rug and a 4ft long stick.
 
2012-12-28 02:55:41 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.


Well, Mom and Dad drew the line at that as I already had a wildlife menagerie on the farm I grew up on - 'coons, formerly wild rabbits, a red fox that wouldn't quite let you pet it and a squirrel, in addition to the usual pets. But you have absolutely no issues taming bobbys. All you need is a kitten. A bobcat kitten, gotten early enough - just before weaning is the best time - will immediately imprint on a human and will be your bestest cat buddy, forever, with a bit of KMR and a bottle.

It works a lot better than with 'coons, a female 'coon will occasionally stay with you as a sort of semi-feral pet for years, the boars will not, at least I've never seen one. But a bobcat is yours for life. Especially females. They're sort of quirky, like having a wolf or coyote pup, but of critters you could domesticate, a bob is up there in terms of being a good pet. Deer are pretty easy too but it's just wrong.
 
2012-12-28 03:20:14 PM  

Kittypie070: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

I.....

*blink....blink*

I have an idea.

You try the pet bobcat idea yourself and see how that turns out.


As someone who lives in an area where several people have pet bobcats, I'm getting a kick out of these replies....

No, seriously, bobcats make fine and dandy pets if grabbed at an early enough age. Usually you need orphaned bobcats who are only a few weeks old, young enough that they haven't learned standard bobcat behavior from their mother and will bond with ANYTHING that takes care of them, human, cat, or otherwise. Having a human raise them gives a pretty good chance that they'll turn into a "large housecat", but having another cat raise them virtually guarantees they'll have the same disposition as the cat (so, like, don't put them in the care of an asshat).

I really don't understand why these people are spending so much time trying to fix this little guy. He's an orphaned kitty, which right there makes him less likely to cut it in the wild, and on top of that Bobcats aren't even endangered. I could see all the effort if this was some sort of rare species, but it's a dime-a-dozen bobcat. The world will not end if one becomes domesticated and has to endure the rigors of sleeping indoors and eating Friskies.

And don't give me that "large wild animal, could kill you" crap. Yeah, they're bigger than a standard housecat, getting as big as 40 pounds, with an average size of 21 pounds, but I've had a cat who was 21 pounds; its not really that big. Hell, most medium-sized dogs weigh in at 40 pounds. What matters is whether or not the animal is domesticated, and it sounds like this little guy is.
 
2012-12-28 03:21:20 PM  
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It's important to have a job that makes a difference, boys. That's why I manually masturbate caged animals for artificial insemination.
 
2012-12-28 03:36:19 PM  

yukichigai:
The world will not end if one becomes domesticated and has to endure the rigors of sleeping indoors and eating Friskies.

And don't give me that "large wild animal, could kill you" crap. Yeah, they're bigger than a standard housecat, getting as big as 40 pounds, with an average size of 21 pounds, but I've had a cat who was 21 pounds; its not really that big. Hell, most medium-sized dogs weigh in at 40 pounds. What matters is whether or not the animal is domesticated, and it sounds like this little guy is.


They won't use a sandbox, though. Most of 'em have this penchant for crapping in the middle of the driveway. Or if kept inside, will find a nice open spot, a couch cushion perhaps, and gift you with a large stinky crap. I've never seen one bury scat. Maybe if the cat taught them to do it, they would.
 
2012-12-28 04:01:46 PM  

erewhon: yukichigai:
The world will not end if one becomes domesticated and has to endure the rigors of sleeping indoors and eating Friskies.

And don't give me that "large wild animal, could kill you" crap. Yeah, they're bigger than a standard housecat, getting as big as 40 pounds, with an average size of 21 pounds, but I've had a cat who was 21 pounds; its not really that big. Hell, most medium-sized dogs weigh in at 40 pounds. What matters is whether or not the animal is domesticated, and it sounds like this little guy is.

They won't use a sandbox, though. Most of 'em have this penchant for crapping in the middle of the driveway. Or if kept inside, will find a nice open spot, a couch cushion perhaps, and gift you with a large stinky crap. I've never seen one bury scat. Maybe if the cat taught them to do it, they would.


Huh, interesting. That would explain why some of the pet bobcats I've met are "outdoors only" and some are housepets. Not sure though.

I mean, when someone shows you their pet bobcat, what stretch of logic would make you ask "is it outdoor because of poop?"
 
2012-12-28 04:12:55 PM  

yukichigai:
I mean, when someone shows you their pet bobcat, what stretch of logic would make you ask "is it outdoor because of poop?"


Growing up, I had a buddy with a pet bobby. They use crap as a territory marker, like dogs use pee. Unfortunately, that proud declaration of possessive love for you can come in the form of a dump on your pillow.
 
2012-12-28 04:14:42 PM  

erewhon: yukichigai:
I mean, when someone shows you their pet bobcat, what stretch of logic would make you ask "is it outdoor because of poop?"


Growing up, I had a buddy with a pet bobby. They use crap as a territory marker, like dogs use pee. Unfortunately, that proud declaration of possessive love for you can come in the form of a dump on your pillow.


I'm not sure if I'd prefer that over pissing on something, or a decapitated mouse on my bed. Yeah it stinks, but at least it's easier to clean.
 
2012-12-28 04:33:20 PM  
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2012-12-28 05:30:39 PM  

Shadow Blasko: MarkMartinFan: supersoaker filled with cheap vodak

/volunteer at wildlife center
//raise orphan raccoons for release
///can only release if they hate and fear humans
////vodak does that to critters and the ex-wife

I wish we could legally release orphan raccoons here.

Its still done, but the underground rehab networks are always super paranoid about working with anyone here... and good luck finding a vet that will work with you as well now. (Unless you have known them for years)

/love my baby thieves


We have two vets on staff
Calif law requires them to be release near where they were found. Try noosing one out of 14 in your pen - yep you look like the one from the freeway. Always drop them in safe areas.

I wish I could post my video of baby raccoons having their first experience of lunch bitting back. Nothing funnier than crawdads hanging from fingers when it isn't yours.

CSB - the LA wildlife rehab was flying raccoons and other critters out to the mountains. The helo pilots noticed after several weeks that as they approached the landing area that a huge mass of coyotes were coming in. Seems they were delivering lunch....
 
2012-12-28 06:41:03 PM  

Kittypie070: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

I.....

*blink....blink*

I have an idea.

You try the pet bobcat idea yourself and see how that turns out.


i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-12-28 07:32:52 PM  
On one of my veterinary internships we saw a bobcat kitten who did not have this problem. I've worked with feral (domesticated cat) kittens and they're hellions but this was a 3 pound version of the devil. The owner had dreamed of having a bobcat for years and now...had no idea what to live with it.
 
2012-12-28 11:09:46 PM  
Meow-schwitz!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAH

Um, OK, lame but still funny :3
 
2012-12-29 03:19:07 AM  

yukichigai:

As someone who lives in an area where several people have pet bobcats, I'm getting a kick out of these replies....

No, seriously, bobcats make fine and dandy pets if grabbed at an early enough age. Usually you need orphaned bobcats who are only a few weeks old, young enough that they haven't learned standard bobcat behavior from their mother and will bond with ANYTHING that takes care of them, human, cat, or otherwise. Having a human raise them gives a pretty good chance that they'll turn into a "large housecat", but having another cat raise them virtually guarantees they'll have the same disposition as the cat (so, like, don't put them in the care of an asshat).

I really don't understand why these people are spending so much time trying to fix this little guy. He's an orphaned kitty, which right there makes him less likely to cut it in the wild, and on top of that Bobcats aren't even endangered. I could see all the effort if this was some sort of rare species, but it's a dime-a-dozen bobcat. The world will not end if one becomes domesticated and has to endure the rigors of sleeping indoors and eating Friskies.

And don't give me that "large wild animal, could kill you" crap. Yeah, they're bigger than a standard housecat, getting as big as 40 pounds, with an average size of 21 pounds, but I've had a cat who was 21 pounds; its not really that big. Hell, most medium-sized dogs weigh in at 40 pounds. What matters is whether or not the animal is domesticated, and it sounds like this little guy is.



I have a pet bobcat, he's really great, very dog-like in behavior. A total badass when he wants to be, but very affectionate with my and my family, including my 10 month old. Only real issue is he will bring in live baby birds to leave in her play area. He's 26 lbs and while larger than house cats, it's not obviously so unless he's right next to one.
 
2012-12-29 03:21:29 AM  

erewhon: AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

Well, Mom and Dad drew the line at that as I already had a wildlife menagerie on the farm I grew up on - 'coons, formerly wild rabbits, a red fox that wouldn't quite let you pet it and a squirrel, in addition to the usual pets. But you have absolutely no issues taming bobbys. All you need is a kitten. A bobcat kitten, gotten early enough - just before weaning is the best time - will immediately imprint on a human and will be your bestest cat buddy, forever, with a bit of KMR and a bottle.

It works a lot better than with 'coons, a female 'coon will occasionally stay with you as a sort of semi-feral pet for years, the boars will not, at least I've never seen one. But a bobcat is yours for life. Especially females. They're sort of quirky, like having a wolf or coyote pup, but of critters you could domesticate, a bob is up there in terms of being a good pet. Deer are pretty easy too but it's just wrong.


Yes yes yes. My bobcat is completely enamored with me. Likes to sleep under the covers half on my belly. Follows me from room to room, follows me to my bus stop in the morning and is waiting on the porch or roof for me when I get home.
 
2012-12-29 04:04:30 AM  
On a side topic, skunks are also great pets. Up there with bobcats. They're really playful but cat-like, sort of between a ferret and a cat.

They're affectionate, and like to be snuggled, will in fact give you the "If you don't pick me up and scritch me, I'll ass blast you" threat. But when you play with them, they're more rough than a dog, less so than a cat, they like to roll around and nip at you with no force to it while you tickle their ribs and tummy.

Had a family of wild skunks we were acquainted with in Huntsville that lived in the back yard, they liked the dogs, were unafraid-to-friendly with the family. No one ever got sprayed. They did not, however, like the lawn mower a lot. They did like the cat's food, and would share out of one bowl.
 
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