The Sunday cat recommends rescue cats

though some can become quite a handful – or more.

From youtube:

Isabella Jaguar from Panther Ridge Conservation Center. For More info on this baby Jaguar and her feline friends, visit http://www.PantherRidgeCC.org.

Isabella is a baby jaguar being hand reared by the volunteers at Panther Ridge Conservation Center because her mother rejected her at birth.There are many reasons one may raise a non domestic cat in their home. As long as all health, dietary, environmental and social needs are met AND all Federal State and local regs are followed, there is NOTHING WRONG WITH IT :) For more info on responsible ownership of non domestic felines, go to http://www.felineconservation.org

8 thoughts on “The Sunday cat recommends rescue cats

  1. Very cute, but is it safe to raise a jaguar in the house with what looks to be 7 year old boy? Eventually, this jaguar will be a two hundred pound killing machine. Even before that, a non-domesticated animal might express its natural tendency to hunt or play in dangerous ways.

  2. Yeah, count me among those philosophers of environmentalism who are opposed in principle to ownership of nondomesticable felines (and most any other animal). It’s not a generally good policy. I’m very Francione about this.

  3. I’m a bit puzzled by the comments. This kitty is part of a conservation program that tries to save abused and abandoned big cats. Of course, it could be done utterly incompetently, but I’m not sure we should suppose that that’s correct.

    I thought the references following the clips would cancel out any suggestion that it’s fun to take a man (sic)-eating predator into a home with young kids, once it’s out of the kitty stage. Rats again! The internet makes it clear that our understanding of implcit intentions rests on so much more than initial words, at least in cases like this. And irony seems in effect dead.

  4. What an amazing experience it must be to be in such close and relaxed proximity to such a creature. In all my many years of field work in the jungles of Central America, I have regularly listened to the call of jaguars in the night, often very close to me, but only one time have I had the honor of seeing one. The one I saw was a large dark one, fur glistening in the sunlight, looking at me…..and then it walked away.

  5. j – how extraordinary to have had those years of field work. I agree that having a baby jag around would be an amazing and really wonderful experience. Perhaps it is just the selective clips, but this kitty seems to have such interesting powers of sustained concentration.

    FR: :)

  6. Jaguars are very intelligent creatures, and stalking and hunting are their livelihood. Practice makes perfect, you know! Sure would be fun to rumple that tummy, though….

  7. They’re pretty huggy when they’re well fed and you know how to mimic their body language. Another one of my weird acquaintances–quirky old cat guy that took in strays, and usually had 4 or 5 at any given time–taught me how to use body language to communicate with cats. Try it some time. Wink your right eye for “come here” Wink your left eye if the cat’s being naughty, like begging at the table or scratching the furniture. That means “go away”, but not with as much cat-titude as a hiss. Some cats will hurt you if you hiss at them. Sometimes a submissive kitty will learn not to piddle somewhere other than the litter box or whatever big disciplinary infraction if you hiss, but I would not suggest EVER making that noise anywhere near a wild cat.

    Anyway, I thought I’d try my huggy-cat wink on a leopard (?one of the smaller ones–not the jaguars) at the zoo a few years ago. What a little buddy! He came right up to the glass and started rubbing his head near my hand like he wanted his mommy! I’m pretty sure he was purring, but it was hard to tell through the glass.

    I don’t think it would be that difficult to domesticate a hurt or abandoned wild kitty under the right circumstances, and with enough knowledge and patience. Unfortunately, far too many people see animals in the same way that they see their other consumer fads. “Oops, it’s not small enough anymore, think I’ll throw it on the curb and get an upgrade…” GRRR!

    And yes I agree; bad idea to keep it around a child under about 12 years old.

    J, you are so giving me a case of hero worhip. My college anthro prof chuckled when I said the same thing to her. “Jungles are full of malaria and scary insects”, you know, the whole “Indiana Jones is a movie” speech. It sounds beautiful, though working near such amazing creatures.

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