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How We Fell in Love With Bobcats, by John and Terri Chuha
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One day, as I was doing some online research on the Pixie Bob breed, I began to wonder, does anyone have a real Bobcat as a pet or was that idea even possible?

At that time, I had no idea that people did keep exotic cats as pets, other than my fond remembrance of that cougar in the car, when I was a kid.

Before I even thought of bringing our first Bobcat kitten home, I did what every responsible owner must do. I did the research and lots of it!!

After reading and hearing their stories and looking at many pictures, I made the decision. Yes, I wanted to get a Bobcat.

Well, that was 2 years ago and we now live with 2 Bobcats Amber, our first girl and Boris our 1 year old boy.

Sharing our home with 2 Bobcats sure has been a life changing event.

We have learned to live with the Bobcat's quirks, like waking you up every morning at 5am, when you thought you were going to sleep in.

You can not help but fall in love with Bobcat talk or those loud rumbling purrs.

One thing is for sure, owning an exotic cat is a lot of work and does take a great deal of responsibility. But, we would have it no other way.

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I guess we all have to sit back and think, just when did our fascination with exotic cats really begin? I have always lived with cats from the day I was born. I remember when I was about 5, we had a calico, whom my mom named Useless, who had a litter of kittens. I can still hear the little sounds those kittens made, when we tried to pet them or pick them up and then my mom yelling, leave the kittens alone!! I also remember our days going to the Cleveland Zoo and how I, just could not wait, to see the big cats; the lions, tigers and cheetahs.

But the day my interest in exotics began, was the day my father told me, that he saw a man driving his car with a cougar in the back seat. I must have been about 10 years old then. I guess I never really believed him however, until about a month or so later when our family was taking a family drive, that we passed a car and much to my surprise and delight, there it was. That same car with the same cougar sitting in the back seat!! That cougar just looked at me and I could not believe what I was seeing. Well the years passed and I never did forget that day.

It wasn't until about 4 years ago, that my wife and I learned of a new breed of cat called the Pixie Bob. I think by now, most of us have heard of this legend, the domestic barn cat crossed with a Bobcat. Whether the legend is true or not, we still fell in love with the Pixie Bob. Their size, personalities and features were just different from the ordinary house cat. Well, we are now owned by 4 Pixie Bobs and this is where our love with the Bobcat began.

One day, as I was doing some online research on the Pixie Bob breed, I began to wonder, does anyone have a real Bobcat as a pet or was that idea even possible? At that time, I had no idea that people did keep exotic cats as pets, other than my fond remembrance of that cougar in the car, when I was a kid. So, I proceeded to do a search on Bobcats and much to my surprise, I located a breeder who indeed, did raise Bobcats and Lynx as pets. I gave it much thought and then I told my wife. I think at first, my wife thought I was crazy, but when I shared the stories and pictures of other Bobcat owners with her, she became hooked with the idea as well.

Before I even thought of bringing our first Bobcat kitten home, I did what every responsible owner must do. I did the research and lots of it!! I checked with my state, county and local laws. I read about exotic feline diets, I spoke with my veterinarian to see if she would be willing to work with a Bobcat and I spoke with many Bobcat owners, who were more than willing to tell me what it was like living with a Bobcat and gave me other useful advice. After reading and hearing their stories and looking at many pictures, I made the decision. Yes, I wanted to get a Bobcat.

Well, that was 2 years ago and we now live with 2 Bobcats Amber, our first girl and Boris our 1 year old boy. We will soon be getting a third. This third Bobcat is a 3 year old boy and he is a rescue. Sharing our home with 2 Bobcats sure has been a life changing event. We have learned to live with the Bobcat's quirks, like waking you up every morning at 5am, when you thought you were going to sleep in. I have no idea of how many pairs of socks or underwear we have lost or how many times I walked into a bathroom with a very wet floor, because one of the bobs emptied all of the water out of the toilet bowl onto the floor. If you are a Bobcat owner, you know just what I am talking about. We are still learning.

Amber has now reached that point in her life, where she has decided to spray (she is spayed) and decided to claim me as one of her kind, by turning around and spraying me just the other day. Of course, it did not help that she knew I was going outside to feed the stray cats that roam the area. Boris acts like the spoiled little kid, that just has to get into everything. It doesn't matter to him if you put things away in the closet, he has learned a long time ago just how to open the doors. In the morning, he loves to go for rides on your back and when Amber sees this, she has to join him.

Amber has learned the trick at taking the chicken bone bag out of the refrigerator. All I have to say is Amber, where's the bone bag? and she comes running. You can not help but fall in love with Bobcat talk or those loud rumbling purrs. Coming home from work and hearing those large Bobcat feet scampering across the floor and the wroow wroow greetings.

Yes, my wife and I are proud Bobcat owners or maybe it's the other way around. One thing is for sure, owning an exotic cat is a lot of work and does take a great deal of responsibility. But, we would have it no other way. Our lives have been forever changed, because we fell in love with Bobcats. One day, I would love to be owned by a Cougar as well. But don't tell Amber this, she will have nothing of it.


Many thanks to John and Terri Chuha for allowing the use of this article on ExoticCatz.com.com in cooperation with the Feline Conservation Federation. This article is copyrighted 2005 by John and Terri Chuha, and originally appeared in the FCF Newsletter. All rights are reserved. FCF members receive a bi-monthly newsletter containing a wealth of articles like this one, and I highly recommend becoming an FCF member to learn more about exotic felines.

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