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post #31 of 55
I just read this whole thread. The story and the pictures you have posted about Amber are so sweet and touching...I will never think of Bobcats the same way again...I was always a bit afraid of them...but they are really just cats, aren't they? I will forever think of your Amber everytime I see the Bobcat we have here.
post #32 of 55
Debby, I have just read your post in the "wild things, not a good idea thread". I feel bad about the Bobcat that was accidentally cought in a trap. Yes, they are basically just like any other cat. I do not however, recommend just anyone getting a Bobcat. When I say they are just like any other cat, they are, but on a very large scale. One has to remember how large this cat will get, the food they eat and time needed to be spent with them. They like to run and I play with her every morning before work and when I get home. They need attention. Imagine your full grown cat running and playing like they did when they were a kitten. She still is a kitten, but a large kitten. As I stated before, you can not be a type of person that is never home. Owning Amber, has changed the way I live, but I was ready for that and I am more than happy to do these things for her. I hope I do not come across as making it sound like it is as easy as owning any other cat, it is not, but they are just as friendly and loving. That is why these cats get dumped after people think they can own one, they were not prepared for what they were getting into. If you are prepared and can be a loyal, responsible and committed owner, they make a wonderful part of the family, as you can see in my pictures. I also can not state enough, NEVER take a Bobcat kitten out of the wild. These cats would not make a good pet, because they have already learned what it is like to be wild. I know in Ohio, you can not legally own a wild cought Bobcat. It is funny, when I watch Amber play a do the things she does, I ask myself, do they do this in the wild too? I mean, in the wild she isn't going to find tennis balls, feather toys, socks, toilet paper rolls and all the other things she plays with I guess they do that when they hunt for food. But it is very interesting to see how they learn to live with people.
By the way Debby, did you click on the link and look at Amber's photo page?
post #33 of 55
My goodness Amber is indeed beautiful!! Her baby pictures are so adorable, and I love the kitty piles in the Amber & Friends section.

I actually do have a question. Obviously, Amber needs vet care just like any other cat. Did you have to find a specialty, exotic vet for her? How does she react to the vet?
post #34 of 55
Originally posted by AmberThe Bobcat
Yes, she LOVES my other cats, but some of them do not like her as much They are older and do not like a crazy kid hanging around them.. . .

Amber has a different vocal style and believe it or not, she barks! She barks at people at PetSmart, it is so cute.
Oh my goodness. I wish I lived in Ohio so I could see this. I would just die to see a video of her at PetSmart barking.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I love all the background info of how Amber is different and how she is similar to domestic cats. Maybe you should cut and paste all the different posts where you have answered people's questions into her photo album, to fill in all the background info about what bobcats are like. Sorry to keep you so busy but I am soooo very curious about her personality and her interactions with the world.

Animal behavioralists say that one of the most amazing things about cats is how adaptable they are. . .how they were "self-domesticating" thousands of years ago in Egypt in that they saw an opportunity to have good food and a warm hearth by hunting mice near grain storage, and the cats who were more brave and social with humans could take advantage of the opportunity, hence became domesticated. Conversely, cats can also quickly feral-ize themselves acting and living nearly wild — not within generations but within their own lifetime. With a truly wild animal like a bobcat, we can see how very adaptable the cats are. . . .with genes to survive out in the wild, but the adaptability to live with humans and other pets. . .just amazing.

Thank you for all your stories :kitty5:
post #35 of 55
LOL!! Heidi, I was just about to ask that very same question about veterinary care!
post #36 of 55
I like walking into the bedroom and finding all them piled up like that. Makes me want to just lay down and take a nap with them
I have a very good vet that I have been going to for years. She does have an extensive background and is a member of many Veterinary associations. She does take care of many exotics, even birds and reptiles. I guess I was lucky to have found her before we got Amber. I am not sure if all Vets would work with a Bobcat or not. How does Amber react to the vet? Well.... At first, when she was only 10 weeks old, we had her there and she had no care in the world. The next time we brought her back, for vaccines, things changed. They had just used some kind of disinfectant in the room and you could still smell it. Amber did not like that smell at all and really wanted to leave. She was letting out some growls that only a Bobcat could make, but she did not scratch or bite. I think she was just protesting. We then took her back for a 3rd time so she could be spayed and microchipped. I guess she was ok, but the vet used the glue on her incision instead of stitches. She told me, she didn't think Amber would let them take out the stitches. This is about the only time you see the "wild" side of her, mainly when she gets scared. Of course, one of my Pixie Bobs hates it even more. I don't think to many animals, just like people, really like going to see the doctor. I don't know if is the smell they hate or if they can sense the pain or fear in the other animals there. I use a cleaner in my house, Simple Green, that Amber does not like. I think it reminds her of the vet's office.
As for keeping me busy, not at all. As you can see, I love talking about her
post #37 of 55
I just wanted to let you all know that I editted, cropped and posted some new pictures...even kittens
post #38 of 55
post #39 of 55
Sicy, did you see the polydactyl Pixie Bob? Big furry paws!!

I noticed that Amber has a harness but the pixie bobs don't.. . even when she is young. Is that so she gets used to how it feels? or do you take her for car rides a lot?

I love the pics of Amber and her Pixie Bob mates :kitty5:
post #40 of 55
Ohh how cute!!! I am partial to polys
post #41 of 55
I love the big poly paws too. That is Aurora, she has 2 extra toes and she is split mitt. That foot is actually split in 2, almost like she has 2 paws
Yes, we did put the harness on early and keep it on, so she is always used to it. She goes for car rides a lot and enjoys lying in the back window making everyone take a double take.
post #42 of 55
Zoey's almost looks "split" except she just has that one 'toe' on the side and a small nail/toe in between that and the other toes. So it looks like she has mittens

I actually had a cat when I was a kid with full 6 toes on every paw not split.
post #43 of 55
I just wanted to mention that Amber's home page is now up and running. There is not a whole lot there yet, but I am working on it. Who knows, maybe Ambercam will be next
post #44 of 55
She is in Alabama and now they are mini bobcats and a registered breed. Look identical to the real thing. Is that what yours is?
post #45 of 55
No, Amber is a real wild bobcat. What your friend may have is a Pixie Bob. I have and breed Pixie Bobs also, they are pictured on Amber's photo page.
post #46 of 55
More pictures have been posted and Amber's home page has been updated if anyone is interested
post #47 of 55
Originally posted by catlover67

How is it you can own a Bobcat? I know Texas allows people to keep exotics/big cats as pets, so Ohio must too? Or do you have to have a special permit given in special circumstances? Amber looks very sweet and friendly. Does she ever exhibit wild, unpredictible tendencies like the BIG cats do?
I know this is an old thread...however I figured I would post this out there for anyone who is still curious. .ORG

All three of these are very valuable resources, filled with owners of various exotics from geoffroys to tigers.

Each state is different, and it takes a lot of time and planning and EXPERIENCE before someone should get into owning an exotic species of their own.

These groups heavily support the right to responsibly own these animals, as do I. To do so they are open to inquiries from everyone, and willing to be valuable resources of information for anyone wanting to get into exotic cats, or even just wanting to find out more about responsible captive practices.

post #48 of 55
Yes, owning an exotic cat is not for everyone. You have to be willing to spend a great deal of time with your cat. Amber is treated as if she was our child not as a "show off item". She goes everywhere with us. The more human contact the better. I never regret the moment we brought Amber into our lives. She is a lot of work, but for my wife and I, it is worth it
Thank you for the links, however, this one has nothing to do with cats
post #49 of 55
I updated my post with the correct link...

It's a habit to type .com and I constantly surprise myself with that site.

Good to hear you are having great success with socializing Amber. Keep it up. Of all the species I have worked with and around the Lynx family seems to be the most attention needy. They just love all the attention they can get.

I only wish Florida was as close to Ohio as the internet would make it seem.

post #50 of 55
Wow, I think you are blessed to be able to share your home with such a beautiful creature. There was a situation here in the Vancouver area awhile ago where a homeless person was living out of her car and she had a Cervet (sp?) cat in the car with her. Well the cat escaped causing panic in the neighborhood. The media was saying it was a cougar. Big difference in size I think. Anyway, someone found it and turned it over to the SPCA who found a nice sanctuary for it. Poor guy.
post #51 of 55
I vaguely recall that one.

The correct spelling is a Civet Cat, and they aren't even a real cat closer to weasels and badgers genetically than cats.

LOL...gotta love the media...

post #52 of 55
I have been reading this thread and also the wild cat one.
I would just like you to know that I am still in love with Amber. I think she is absolutely beautiful and obviously well loved and cared for. Good luck to you all
post #53 of 55
Amber and I thank you for the wonderful words She truly is a joy to have in our home. I will not lie, there is a lot of work owning her, but I never regret my decision to bring her into our lives.
post #54 of 55
OMG, John, I just visited your website, and found out Amber and I are from the same hometown!!! I had no idea there was a bobcat breeder just down the road from me when I lived there. Just seeing the outdoor shots of their cats made me homesick!

Your pics of Amber are and aboslute delight! She is so obviously loved and well-cared for, it must be such a joy to care for such a beautiful creature.

Erica Lynn, mom to one (very very tame) feline!
post #55 of 55
I just love seeing Amber, she is so beautiful. Thank-you for being so open to questions about owning and being owned by a bobcat. I don't think I have anything to add as everyone has seemed to cover the basis... oh, how is Amber with dogs? Has she ever been around one? and how does she react?
k thanks.
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