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Stunning example of a bad exotic owner

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Did anyone else see this story?

Bad owner, bad store employees for allowing the cat in the store in the first place.
Bad (or at least ignorant) Santa dude for agreeing to do it.

Santa attacked by bobcat
post #2 of 15
BAD EVERYBODY!

It was illegal for them to have the cat in the first place. So it first falls on them. Hello.

The store should have not allowed that cat into the place. Unless they had no idea what it was.

And Santa...tisk tisk..I would have said NO WAY!
post #3 of 15
Someone posted about this in the lounge

Santa Claws
post #4 of 15
First off, it is stupid for it to be illegal to own such a cat. Santa could have been bitten by ANY cat or dog that comes into the store, not just a bobcat. I am sure this has happened at many Petsmart stores with a regular domestic dog or cat, but it NEVER makes the news. So here we are once again with our stupid media making a big deal out of nothing. However, the lady who owns this bobcat should have known better NOT to allow her bobcat to be held or touched by anyone. That was irresponsible of her.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat View Post
First off, it is stupid for it to be illegal to own such a cat. Santa could have been bitten by ANY cat or dog that comes into the store, not just a bobcat. I am sure this has happened at many Petsmart stores with a regular domestic dog or cat, but it NEVER makes the news. So here we are once again with our stupid media making a big deal out of nothing. However, the lady who owns this bobcat should have known better NOT to allow her bobcat to be held or touched by anyone. That was irresponsible of her.
The owner should have known better. I know my house kitty Lucky would shred Santa . She hates strangers
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
The owner should have known better. I know my house kitty Lucky would shred Santa . She hates strangers
Goodness, Trace is the same way. He's a big love bug, but he warms up to people in his own time, after he's checked them out. If someone he doesn't know tries to pick him up, they'll be lucky if they get back anything south of their wrist watch.

And it probably wouldn't make the news.
post #7 of 15
If you read through this, the woman claims it's a Pixie-bob... a large domestic cat. I wouldn't bring a cat into a situation with barking dogs unless the cat was dog savvy and very, very calm to begin with.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
It was NOT a pixie-bob.
post #9 of 15
It was truly irresponsible of her to bring a bobcat to Petsmart, but what kind of idiot must "Santa" be to agree to allow a strange bobcat into his lap? It seems to me that both of them are partly responsible.
I agree, Amber, that some people like yourself are capable and responsible enough to own such lovely cats, but unfortunately some people must be saved from themselves. This woman was clearly not responsible enough to own a bobcat, as are many of the people that have large cats.
post #10 of 15
Stupid, idiot woman. I am disgusted with how moronic some people can be.

Poor Santa has to get Rabies shots now. =<
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Katzyn View Post
Stupid, idiot woman. I am disgusted with how moronic some people can be.

Poor Santa has to get Rabies shots now. =<
No, the story was updated, and she did come forward and produced his vaccination records and permit.
However, she still claims that Benny is a bobcat hybrid.
post #12 of 15
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No, the story was updated, and she did come forward and produced his vaccination records and permit.
However, she still claims that Benny is a bobcat hybrid.
Oh, good, then.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
Goodness, Trace is the same way. He's a big love bug, but he warms up to people in his own time, after he's checked them out. If someone he doesn't know tries to pick him up, they'll be lucky if they get back anything south of their wrist watch.

And it probably wouldn't make the news.
Rosie's exactly the same. Just ask her vet who went to administer her yearly shot when she was in her safety zone
post #14 of 15
Wow what idiots involved in this story! Gorgeous cat though!
post #15 of 15
I have a friend that used to be a trainer at petsmart. On several occassions she had to tell people that they could NOT bring wolf-hybrid dogs into the store. It is against store policy to have any hybrid animal in the store (cat or dog). So I don't get why the workers missed it, unless it was just so crowded that they didn't notice that a lady with a bobcat had come in the store.

I wouldn't put one of my domestic cats in that situation (stranger, dogs, loud noises, unfamiliar place), much less a wild animal (with all-the-more intact instincts.

Usually the "santas" at petsmart are an employee from that store...so perhaps this was some high school student that wouldn't recognize a bob cat....I know I had a petsmart employee (high school student) that asked me if a "java fern" was a "fish".

The owner, store, and "santa" were all in the wrong here IMO.

Art
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