Wild Cats as Pets

Caracal
Caracal

Wild cats are on top of the list of exotic animals that have been kept as pets. They are very dangerous on the wild, but they adapt easily to a sedentary life.

However, one must be careful with a wild cat. Despite they recognize their family, they may act aggressively when surrounded by strangers.

Next we will explore some wild cat specific species that have been kept as pets. If you are thinking of this species, beware of the current laws. In recent times, governments are more attentive against keeping a wild cat captive.

Serval

Wild Cats as Pets
Serval

Servals are beautiful animals. They are natural hunters found in Africa. A serval may live up to 19 years. The most successful integration to human life is when servals are taken as cubs. They easily forget some wild habits and their instincts don’t develop as strong as when they live in the wild.

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox
Fennec Fox

The fennec fox has inspired many cartoon characters. It has an interesting physical characteristic, featuring very large ears. They use them to listen to their preys as they are burrowing in their underground guards.

Fennec foxes usually hunt at night when they are in the wild. That can be an issue when you want to keep it as a pet, because their most active time will be when everyone is asleep.

Caracal

Caracal
Caracal

Caracals can behave well when living in a house. However, when they play they can be a whirlwind of destruction. Their large size and weight gives them a lot of power.

Ocelot

Ocelot
Ocelot

The Ocelot is a small wild cat native from America. It is a very beautiful specimen. Salvador Dali was a famous painter who owned an ocelot as a pet. Unlike other cat specimens, ocelots are very hard to keep at home.

They are the less social cats, and don’t care about your needs or instructions at all. They may make a very annoying sound if they don’t like something.

Bengal Tigers

Bengal Tigers
Bengal Tigers

Bengal tigers are one of the most beautiful and biggest wild cats. They were popular as performers when circus used to have animals. From there, having a Bengal tiger as a pet seemed easy. However, even when domesticated, Bengal tigers are very dangerous. Keeping up with their diet is also crucial.