BIG Cats Are Beautiful. Should They Be Pets?

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Throughout my years of living in Colorado and Nevada, I’ve heard and known of people keeping lions, tigers, jaguars, etc. for pets. Have never seen one of these “pets”, but that’s okay with me. As a very young animal, they can be adorable, cute, and downright funny.

Winking Tiger

But then they grow up!

Don't Use Bleach

You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the adorable out of the cat. Here are 30 big cats being adorable.

Big cats can act like house cats in many ways. One of the reasons why our love for cuddly little house cats extends to the largest members of the cat family is because of how similar big cats and small cats are.

Are you thinking now that I’m in favor of keeping a big cat as a pet? No, I’m not for several reasons. The first would be the cost of keeping a big animal as far as maintenance such as food and vet bills.

Foreign Exchange Program

A lion can eat as much as 10 to 15 pounds of meat a day and so if you only (under) fed the lion 8 pounds of meat a day, it would be nearly $30 a day (at $3.50/lb) or $210 a week to feed that lion at minimum amount. That’s certainly a lot less than those two small cats in the picture.
Since trading exotic animals is regulated, there is a huge black market for them. They are often not transported properly, cared for properly, and they’re sold off to the highest bidder regardless of that person’s ability to properly care for them. Right now there are more captive tigers than wild tigers. There is something definitely wrong with that! This cat is very lucky!!
I Won't Grow Up to Be a Tiger
Big cats are wild animals at heart. It is in their nature to travel, stalk, and hunt down their prey. If that opportunity is taken away, they can become very frustrated. A frustrated, big cat is not necessarily a good thing to have around! Add 500 pounds to this cat and you’ll see what I mean.
The Last Thing I Want to Do is Hurt You
Big cat cubs are adorable, cute, and cuddly and usually not very dangerous. However, when they’re grown, their play is  pretty rough because it’s training for hunting. Sometimes they just don’t know their own strength; it’s best not to take a chance. This cat just thinks he’s tough and scary.
I'm Tough and Scary
Captivity of big cats causes them great stress which can potentially lead to psychosis. This is often exhibited through pacing and acts of aggression (even on trusted caretakers). Many big cat attacks that occur from aggression are born out of this frustration. If you have a big cat as a pet, you’re not only living with a natural born killer; you’re living with one that can literally go crazy on you. Think I’ll stick with my house cats!!!!
I Understand
Besides, they only think they’re a big cat.
True Self
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

 

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RIP, Cecil

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The killing of Cecil, the lion, just broke my heart. I know big-game hunting has been going on for years, but that doesn’t make it right. He was a cherished “pet” for many people. Someone in a group that I belong to said, “Why is everybody so upset over a lion when there are homeless people to worry about, etc.” That’s not the point! Guess I’m what she calls an animal activist. And proud of it, by the way. I would much rather live in a world that looks like this. (Without the snow.)

My New Friend

Here are some more pictures of horses and cats. Cute videos!

New Friend

Now that’s a rare combination indeed! Click here to watch videos of birds who preen, wake up, and play with their best cat.

Uh, Meow

Dogs and cats don’t get along? That’s sometimes true. But watch this

When you think of anxiety, you think it’s a human condition. However, it also affects animals. Here is a heart-warming video of a dog and a cat showing the value of friendship

Rainbow Wall of Happiness

I guess I’m like this kitty. I just wish this world was happier. We can all contribute to that with one positive thought, one act of kindness at a time. Hope you enjoyed all the videos and pictures of animals interacting with each other. Please share your thoughts about Cecil. Till next week, thanks for reading.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

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Purrfect Quotes That Describe Your Cat

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Looking through my cat pictures the other day, I realized there were some quotes from writers, celebrities, comedians, and various other people that certainly capture the “essence” of cat. These fun, furry creatures are also very mysterious. Edgar Allan Poe said that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. (Think he did a pretty good job on his own!)

Cats tend to be very aloof and they offer their love and attention to you on their terms. According to Ernest Hemingway, a cat has absolute emotional honesty. I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a look at some more quotes. Don’t know who gets the credit for the following quotes, but I’ve seen them before and still laugh because they’re so true!

  • It’s really the cat’s house–we just pay the mortgage. (Amen)
  • My husband said it was him or the cat–I miss my husband sometimes. (Not really)
  • If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.
  • Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience. (My mother can confirm this one. Especially if she’s trying to make the bed!)

Cats have a good thing going as far as food. According to Eddie Izzard, you buy the food. They eat it and go away. That’s the deal.

Food O'Clock

Bill Dana, comedic actor, said it best. “I had been told that the training procedure with cats is difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” This is so true! You have to adapt to your cat, not the other way around.

Faithful Servant

Cats and music go together according to some folks.

Music and Cats Are Two Means of Refuge

Cats Are Like Music

Even Mark Twain had something to say on the subject.

When A Man Loves Cats

Sigmund Freud shared this thought.

Time Spent With Cats is Never Wasted

Miguel de Cervantes tells us that if you play with cats, you must expect to get scratched. Ouch! Been there and done that!
I Do Scratchy-Bleedy
Lillian Jackson thinks that the most dangerous animal on the planet is not man, but a cat.
I Clawed a Man in Reno Once
My favorite, of course, is from Robert A. Heinlein.
Women and Cats
Last, but not least, as every cat owner knows, no one owns a cat.
Happiness is Being Owned by a Cat
And remember,
A House is Not a Home
If you know something that “famous” people have shared about cats, please leave a comment. As always, we love your feedback.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667