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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
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/I'll handle this.
 
2012-12-28 01:02:10 PM
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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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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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