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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
You bet When that cougar purrs, the whole bed rumbles
I can just imagine!! And the rest of you sleep well-protected
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
You bet When that cougar purrs, the whole bed rumbles
Wow, the paws on that animal... Do your cats play rough like mine do? That must be quite a site!

I almost feel sorry for any intruder who breaks into your home: "What the... a mountain lion??? Gaaaahhhhhhh!!!!" (Running away at full speed!)
post #33 of 51
Unfortunately, our bedroom is also a weightlifting room, so it is OFF limits to the kitty. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if she got hurt!

I think Seth likes her spot under the futon in the living room better anyway! Plus, she's a night owl and likes pouncing sleeping people!
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
Yes, our cats love to sleep with us. Sometimes we will have so many cats on the bed, that it is hard to move One suggestion, you may try playing with them for awhile before you go to bed. This will help them sleep through the night. But, you may need to shut them out of the room if they keep you awake. You may eventually just get used to the kittens on your bed purring in your face and sleep through the night as well. Our BIG cats will wake us up around 4-4:30 am for their morning feeding. This is the time we normally get up for work. So, on our days off, we play with them alot before bed time and feed them a little later so they let us sleep in. It works a little, they will try to wake us at 5 or 5:30 am
omg...what kind of cats are those??? Bobcats? They are HUGE...lol! So they are trying to ban people from owning them? WIll it be like you cant get any after the ban? Or they will make you get rid of the ones you have?
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by xpiercedgoddess
omg...what kind of cats are those??? Bobcats? They are HUGE...lol! So they are trying to ban people from owning them? WIll it be like you cant get any after the ban? Or they will make you get rid of the ones you have?
Judging from their signature, it looks like they have three bobcats and a cougar! Although I'm not sure about the third one.

But a cougar! My god, those cats grow to 140 lbs, and in the wild they are incredibly dangerous animals. The have enormous paws and powerful back legs. They can easily take out a horse or a large deer. They have a vertical leap of 15 feet and at full speed they can cover 45 feet in a single stride.

They are sometimes called pumas, moutain lions, and catamounts, among other things. As you can see from their photos, the cougar kitten has spots, but it outgrows them and becomes a beautiful monochrome brown.

More questions for the owners:

How do you manage a cougar? What's the most stitches you ever had to get? Do you guys still have all your fingers and toes? What do you do when company comes over? How much does it eat? And what kind of litter box does that thing use??
post #36 of 51
Check it out:



How'd you like to share your bed with one of those guys!
post #37 of 51
I have found that when my kitties wake me up and are pawing me for attention, they are usually hungry. This sounds silly but I have started to keep a small tupperware bowl of dry cat food on on the headboard (or on a nightstand for others). When she starts driving me nuts I just let her have a couple of bites of food and she cuddles in again and sleeps until dawn She could go down to the basement (where I keep dry food) but I really don't think she wants to make the trip
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by MikeAnderson
Wow, the paws on that animal... Do your cats play rough like mine do? That must be quite a site!

I almost feel sorry for any intruder who breaks into your home: "What the... a mountain lion??? Gaaaahhhhhhh!!!!" (Running away at full speed!)
When they get playing, you would think I had horses in here I have thought about the intruder thing myself, not that I would want that to happen or anything. However, the intruder would more than likely get a big hug and kisses by the cougar
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omg...what kind of cats are those??? Bobcats? They are HUGE...lol! So they are trying to ban people from owning them? WIll it be like you cant get any after the ban? Or they will make you get rid of the ones you have?
Yep, we have 3 bobcats, a 6 month old cougar cub and 5 domestics. As for the ban issue, someone wants to introduce a bill into my state that would ban them, but exotic animal owners have grouped together to fight it. There is no bill yet and we hope to stop it before there is one. If it does go through, I will be able to keep them, but would not be able to get any more. If you go to my thread, "Say hello to Boris part 2", I can explain more of it there. I don't want to change the direction of this thread
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More questions for the owners:

How do you manage a cougar? What's the most stitches you ever had to get? Do you guys still have all your fingers and toes? What do you do when company comes over? How much does it eat? And what kind of litter box does that thing use??
All of our exotics, the 3 bobcats and the cougar, did not come from the wild. They all came from breeders. Yes, they are the real thing, but they have been born and raised in captivity with constant human contact. Carmelo, the cougar, will live inside our home with us for about a year, maybe a little more. After that, he will need to live outside in an enclosure. This inside living will form the bond between us and him. The bobcats live inside with us, however they do get to go outside as well in a very secure enclosure. Stitches? None. The last time I looked, all our fingers and toes are accounted for If company comes by, the bobcats can go outside in their enclosure and the cougar would go into his room if needed. They get supervised all the time anyone new comes over. If we suspect that any of the exotics are uncomfortable with who is here, they go outside or in their room. As for the food, they all eat an all raw meat diet supplemented by vitamins designed for wild/exotic felines. You feed them, as adults, approx 2% of their body weight. Carmelo weighs 36 pounds now, so he would get approx 3/4 pound of food per day. However, since he is a growing cub, he gets a lot more. They all use a regular litter box, but I have the largest ones you can find. When raised right and most important, responsibly, these cats can and do form a strong loving bond with their human companions
post #39 of 51
Your cats are beautiful, my boyfriend and I had a look at your website the other day and were absolutely amazed by how friendly they seem. They are absolute knock outs I bet you are so proud of them.

Sleeves and Nismo sleep with us for quite a lot of the night. Usually when we go to bed they are hyper and spend a while running around but then we wake up at about 4am and Nismo is under the covers usually, or on top of the covers at ours feet or on our tummy's. Sleeves sleeps on our chests, backs, hips, heads, whatevers going! He likes to make me move off my pillow too, I'll wake up and find that my head is on the mattress and theres a ginger cat spread eagle on my pillow.
Lauren
post #40 of 51
Harley sleeps with us every night! On his own feather pillow at the top of our bed, haha...he's so spoiled! I love it tho, cuz then I know he's not getting into everything while we're sleeping!
post #41 of 51
I dont like cats sleeping on top of me when I sleep ( I move around a lot when I sleep) so what I did was buy a large enough cat bed (its actaully a smaller dog bed)that they can both get into and put it right next to my head in the bed with me so they sleep with me but we all have our own space.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
When they get playing, you would think I had horses in here I have thought about the intruder thing myself, not that I would want that to happen or anything. However, the intruder would more than likely get a big hug and kisses by the cougar Yep, we have 3 bobcats, a 6 month old cougar cub and 5 domestics. As for the ban issue, someone wants to introduce a bill into my state that would ban them, but exotic animal owners have grouped together to fight it. There is no bill yet and we hope to stop it before there is one. If it does go through, I will be able to keep them, but would not be able to get any more. If you go to my thread, "Say hello to Boris part 2", I can explain more of it there. I don't want to change the direction of this thread All of our exotics, the 3 bobcats and the cougar, did not come from the wild. They all came from breeders. Yes, they are the real thing, but they have been born and raised in captivity with constant human contact. Carmelo, the cougar, will live inside our home with us for about a year, maybe a little more. After that, he will need to live outside in an enclosure. This inside living will form the bond between us and him. The bobcats live inside with us, however they do get to go outside as well in a very secure enclosure. Stitches? None. The last time I looked, all our fingers and toes are accounted for If company comes by, the bobcats can go outside in their enclosure and the cougar would go into his room if needed. They get supervised all the time anyone new comes over. If we suspect that any of the exotics are uncomfortable with who is here, they go outside or in their room. As for the food, they all eat an all raw meat diet supplemented by vitamins designed for wild/exotic felines. You feed them, as adults, approx 2% of their body weight. Carmelo weighs 36 pounds now, so he would get approx 3/4 pound of food per day. However, since he is a growing cub, he gets a lot more. They all use a regular litter box, but I have the largest ones you can find. When raised right and most important, responsibly, these cats can and do form a strong loving bond with their human companions
Thanks for answering all those questions.

I have no doubt you form strong loving bonds with your cats, but I also know from my own small housecats that even a loving cat will inadvertently cause a scratch or cut on occasion. I was just wondering what happens when a bobcat or cougar inadvertently causes a "scratch"!

Also, I guess I figured that because housecats have been domesticated for years, they're much more tame, whereas a big cat - even one removed from the wild at an early age - would still display its instincts on occasion. But I've never owned one, so what the heck do I know.

In any case, your cats are beautiful, and you guys are obviously devoted to them. And I love your photos. Be sure to keep us posted as your cougar grows; that's something very few people get to witness, so I appreciate your documenting it all for us!
post #43 of 51
Where else would they sleep? LOL

Actually, though, I usually only have one or two of them actually in the bed with me. A queen-size bed just ain't that big with a full figured gal like me in it. LMAO

At least one of them is usually always on the bed, and the other two tend to like to be in the ROOM, at least, or in the hallway right outside.
post #44 of 51
I can't imagine sleeping without the kitties in the bed. Infact, I have a hard time getting to sleep before they join me. Normally Samwise first, then Gandalf. Samwise likes to sleep right up against my side and Gandalf down by my feet on the other side of the bed.

When they were kittens though, it was awful being woken up at all times of the night but now that their older they have outgrown that. I just ignored then when they tried to play at night when they were young.
post #45 of 51
Kandie sleeps with Mom ...

Zoey and Java must have talked she sleeps so I cant turn over either...

Gigi is a small dog and also sleeps with me..
post #46 of 51
Both of mine sleep with me. Rambo's spot is right next to me on the bed with his own t-shirt (my oldest gym shirt) since he likes to knead and suckle (and i can get him to use the shirt instead of my chest all night). Lucky alternates between me bed and the cat tree. Her favorite spot is my pillow and if I should happen to move my head she will quickly slip onto the pillow and pretend she's sound asleep and if i try and move her to get my pillow back she looks at me as if to say "but i was here first!"

I don't know if i could sleep without them anymore!
post #47 of 51
I just stick my head under the covers if someone is annoying me during the night.

The other night I woke up wondering why it was so warm in the bedroom. Then I looked around and counted 12 cats on the bed (plus several on the floor nearby). No wonder it was hot in there!
post #48 of 51
After months of hard work - Smidge is allowed to sleep with me. (She had problems understanding that for 8 hrs mom is not availalbe to play, pet, or feed and w/o sleep mom is a beast).

Thing is, our routine is now - she sleeps on the living room couch till the 5:00 am hour or so, then comes in to sleep with me. I think she gave up trying to follow the rules She wakes me up by accident a lot, by licking my face, or scratching me when she's trying to work the blanket for access underneath. As soon as my alarm clock goes off though, she is at work! She knows if mom doesnt get to work on time she'll get fired and there will be no more treats and expensive kibble

If I awake in the middle of the night, which I do a lot, I always sit up and look around for her...and am quite sad when she isnt there
post #49 of 51
Our cats have access to the bedroom so there are usually one or two of them asleep on the bed. This morning i woke up to 5 of them curled up on the bed, 2 on a cat tree at the end of the bed and another sprawled across a rug beside the bed.
post #50 of 51
lichz699,
your "baby girl" is a tortie right? she looks like my raja, a tortie, who sleeps under the covers in the nook of my arm. she comes and goes in the night when there is playing with her brothers she will go play but then come hop back under the covers. she is a sweetie.

but to respond to the post:
i think that raja was very active at first to licking my face, and as you said, GENTLY PAWING at my lips. she even licked my ears for a while, which is weird coz her little tounge is so rough!! ;-) but within a month, she just started sleeping under the covers and got used to me!
post #51 of 51
Sometimes Chester will. I keep him in my bedroom at night because I like to know where he is and that he's okay while im sleeping (wierd... i kno : ) lol). Sometimes he sleeps at the end of my bed, sometimes he sleeps in my hamper lol, sometimes he lays on the floor and watches Nugget, my bunny, hop around in his cage all night, he pretty much does w/e he wants lol he is the king of this castle : )
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