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post #61 of 77
I guess I'd rather lounge around on the warm soft couch than have to worry about making a den in the elements, and I'd rather be fed every day in a bowl than have to hunt, never knowing if I'm going to get anything that day. I'd rather be safe indoors instead of possibly trapped, poisoned, shot or killed some other way. I'd rather be scratched behind the ears and loved up by a human, than have to scratch myself using a tree branch, or spend lonely days out in the cold...It may not be happy for ones that are taken out of the wild, but those that know no other life than domesticated, IMO, it sounds like heaven to me!
post #62 of 77
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Originally Posted by Obi
Also from Big Cat Rescuse:
Consider this: Only 1 in 4 tiger cubs from a white tiger bred to an orange tiger carrying the white gene are born white, and 80% of those die from birth defects associated with the inbreeding necessary to cause a white coat. Of those surviving, most have such profound birth defects, such as immune deficiency, scoliosis of the spine (distorted spine), cleft palates, mental impairments and grotesquely crossed eyes that bulge from their skull that only a small percentage are suitable for display. Due to these birth defects the white tigers often die an early death. According to some tiger trainers, only 1 in 30 of those white cats will consistantly perform. The number of tigers that have to be produced and disposed of in order to fill the public’s desire to see white tigers on display is staggering.
Also from Big Cat Rescue:

"We have seen far too many Bengals, that people paid up to $3000.00 for, who were free to a good home when they matured. They are confused as to whether they are wild or domestic and typically have horrible medical problems. The most common in Bengals (it is more common to have it than not) is irritable bowel disease, which means a life of projectile diarrhea."

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I think one has to discount the claims of any website that spouts this sort of nonsense on their site. This statement by them is not only ignorant but very irresponsible.
post #63 of 77
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
Also from Big Cat Rescue:

"We have seen far too many Bengals, that people paid up to $3000.00 for, who were free to a good home when they matured. They are confused as to whether they are wild or domestic and typically have horrible medical problems. The most common in Bengals (it is more common to have it than not) is irritable bowel disease, which means a life of projectile diarrhea."

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I think one has to discount the claims of any website that spouts this sort of nonsense on their site. This statement by them is not only ignorant but very irresponsible.
Well, that's enough to make you look elsewhere for verification anyway. Which I found. Looking on the websites of various zoos and the world wildlife federation, I verified that the white tiger is not a separate subspecies. It is the result of a recessive gene, and the available information suggests that all of the current white tigers in this country are descended from only ONE animal. A recessive trait like that very likely does only have a 1 in 4 chance of showing up between a mating of a standard orange tiger and a white tiger, just like blond hair between a blond parent and a brown-haired parent. Given that it's recessive, and that all of them are from one animal, it's a sure bet that they're all inbred terribly, which means that even if the info from Big Cat Rescue was exaggerated for effect, a lot of the things they stated about the industry that creates these tigers are probably true.
post #64 of 77
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Originally Posted by Obi
Well, that's enough to make you look elsewhere for verification anyway. Which I found. Looking on the websites of various zoos and the world wildlife federation, I verified that the white tiger is not a separate subspecies. It is the result of a recessive gene, and the available information suggests that all of the current white tigers in this country are descended from only ONE animal. A recessive trait like that very likely does only have a 1 in 4 chance of showing up between a mating of a standard orange tiger and a white tiger, just like blond hair between a blond parent and a brown-haired parent. Given that it's recessive, and that all of them are from one animal, it's a sure bet that they're all inbred terribly, which means that even if the info from Big Cat Rescue was exaggerated for effect, a lot of the things they stated about the industry that creates these tigers are probably true.
I have heard that about the white tigers as well, from other more reputable sources. Big Cat Rescue isn't all bad. They are just misinformed in many areas.
As a matter of fact, they have toned down their rhetoric on the bengal cat page considerably. A couple of years ago they were claiming that bengal cats were dangerous vicious animals that would attack dogs other cats and old people. And...get this, they even claimed a bengal cat attacked a 400 lb tiger.
I'm glad they finally took that garbage off their website, because it really made them look stupid.
post #65 of 77
One word about Paris.....FRUITCAKE!!!!
And who likes that????? (ok my dad does!!)
Her mouth must act independent of her brain. I am assuming she has a brain.
post #66 of 77
I just finished reading Bernard Goldberg's new book, "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America." Coming in at #100 were Paris Hilton's parents. LOL

As for the exotic pet ownership thing -- my first love was a guy who had eighteen snakes in little vivariums and although I haven't seen him in 20 years or so, I'm sure wherever he is, he STILL has a passion for herpetology. He spent a lot of time, money, and effort making sure his snakes had the proper food, shelter, and care. As far as I am concerned, if an exotic animal is well cared for, that's the important thing. However, the Heir-head is not even going to be responsible for taking care of her "miniature" white tiger -- that'll be handed off to some maid or gardener. Let's hope they aren't ailurophobes. LOL
post #67 of 77
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
I hope it eats her.
Someone needs to tell her, "How does it feel to want?!"
post #68 of 77
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
That girl is a total idiot.


exactly, she's getting skinnier every day too, hopefully she'll just dissapear soon.
post #69 of 77
In some teensy part of my brain, I think Paris Hilton really ENJOYS playing the Brain Free Debutante, since it DOES get her a lot of attention. It's just so pathetic that she has to resort to that instead of accepting the fact that she's no different from the rest of us -- just better financed. LOL

I can't improve upon what Lionessrampant stated, except to offer the tiger a bit of catsup. LOL
post #70 of 77
She managed to loose her dog - imagine if she lost the Tiger. What a dizz!!
post #71 of 77
Yeah, she is a ditz. And you know, I wouldn't pitch in for her education either, because if she wanted it she'd go get it already!

She is certainly a model for selfish consumerism. People who have lots of money and unfortunately aren't very smart or at least willing to learn or care about others often don't end up happy. She will probably leave a lot of chaos in her wake....like dogs, maybe a white tiger, hurt friends, etc.

And she could be doing good in the world!
post #72 of 77
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Originally Posted by GailC
One word about Paris.....FRUITCAKE!!!!
And who likes that????? (ok my dad does!!)
Her mouth must act independent of her brain. I am assuming she has a brain.
Come on, Gail - tell us how you really feel.
post #73 of 77
It seems to me like all these prim spoiled celebrity-superstars just want all these exotic, pretty-looking, expensive pets as accessories. They hardly have time to spend with them, and I'll bet they just have others take care of them for them. I guess I shouldn't judge or stereotype, but they do just treat them like a new purse or some designer shoe....

I can see that it could be alright to own exotic cats/pets as long as you are an expert and take excellent care of them, though, and love them. Like a member here on TCS does, AmberThe Bobcat.
post #74 of 77
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Originally Posted by sweetiecat3
I can see that it could be alright to own exotic cats/pets as long as you are an expert and take excellent care of them, though, and love them. Like a member here on TCS does, AmberThe Bobcat.
Thank you kindly
post #75 of 77
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
Thank you kindly
Of course! You take great care of your big, lovable kitty-cats. They are pretty and have a great home with you.
I just hate to see exotic pets, or any pets for that matter, looked at the way that lots of celebreties do, it's not right...
post #76 of 77
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Originally Posted by sweetiecat3
Of course! You take great care of your big, lovable kitty-cats. They are pretty and have a great home with you.
I just hate to see exotic pets, or any pets for that matter, looked at the way that lots of celebreties do, it's not right...
Well, that is one thing I always stress to anyone interested in owning an exotic pet. They are not toys or something you own to be a show off with. They are an animal I chose to live with, because I have a strong bond with animals. Owning most exotics is a life changing event, something you must be willing to give most of your time too. My wife and I have not gone away on a vacation since we began living with these wonderful cats. We no longer can put up a Christmas tree, it would last but a few minutes. These are just a few of the things you need to be prepared for. You must also realize, that no local shelter will take in these animals should you decide you made a mistake. You must also have a place for them to go, should something happen to you. These cats can live 20-25 years in captivity as well. We strive to give our exotic and domestic cats the best life possible.
post #77 of 77
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
I have heard that about the white tigers as well, from other more reputable sources. Big Cat Rescue isn't all bad. They are just misinformed in many areas.
As a matter of fact, they have toned down their rhetoric on the bengal cat page considerably. A couple of years ago they were claiming that bengal cats were dangerous vicious animals that would attack dogs other cats and old people. And...get this, they even claimed a bengal cat attacked a 400 lb tiger.
I'm glad they finally took that garbage off their website, because it really made them look stupid.
That was on thier website not too long ago. I emailed them and told them they were not 'educating ' people at all. They probably got hundreds or even thousands of emails. It was such nonsence and mis-information it made me sick to read it.
They were saying something about it taking (50) F generation bengals to make one domestic bengal. (don't know the exact quote but it was way off since F generation bengals are no longer needed to "make a domestic bengal")
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