Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Oh my....that is sooooo much cuteness!!!
Of course, now come the questions... how much does she weigh, how big will she get? How are the rest of the fur family taking to her?
Congratulations on the new addition!
Well, I have not had the chance to weigh her yet. As for her size, she is an eastern cougar, so she will not get as big as the western cougars my friend has. Since she is female, as with the bobcats, she will be smaller than the males. So, how big? Anywhere from 70-100 pounds with male easterns hitting around 150 pounds. However, I was told her dad was quite large. Once she gets larger, she will not be able to stay indoors, but we have a way to go for that. As for the rest of the fur kids, I find it quite interesting. At the moment, she is still smaller than the domestics. Most of the domestics seem to have accepted her sooner than they did the bobcats. Now, here is the strange part. Amber, who has always had a bad attitude when new cats come around, started playing with her the next morning
Boris, our kind and gentle boy, is not happy at all
In fact, he is not happy with me and is so hurt by this, that he has not had anything to eat since we brought her home Friday evening. I feel terrible, this is my boy
He can not go on like this much longer, without eating. So, I am worried now. Of all the cats, I thought Boris would have been the one to go crazy with excitement. After all, he took to Nakoma very quick.
|John, it's a good thing I don't live within driving distance of you or I'd be wanting to visit your cat family all the time!
Well, that would be ok with me. The more human contact Carmella receives the better. However, you must resist the temptation to run and let her chase after you. She is like a dog. You run and she will chase after you. However, this is something you can not do. After all, once she matures, you do not want a 100 pound+ cougar chasing after you like it was ok. She also loves to chew on your arms and legs. This is another behavior that we have to work at all the time, to redirect her chewing on her toys. She is learning already, but it will take a lot more work, much like it did for the bobcats. She did have a great time today. We visited our friend, to help build cat enclosures at her facility. We took Carmella with us and she was exposed to lots of people, more cats and dogs. She was at a facility that has about 25 acres of land. Of course, this is something that we can only allow her to do while she is still small. Once she gets bigger, you do not let anyone, other than my wife and I or anyone else who is qualified, go into her enclosure. But all the exposure to people she gets now, will make her a more trusting and loving cougar when she matures. Now I must go find my boy Boris and have a good talk with him