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  1. Darryl Mccloud
    December 23, 2014 @ 6:32 am

    Clevleland ohio

  2. Nick Danylyshyn
    December 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    i sincewrely hope you have the facilities to take care of that enourmous responsibility. Mr.selfie chains and bling

  3. Nick Danylyshyn
    December 15, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    sounds like the only real way to have a big cat safely, is to have hundreds of acres of land up in Canada or Texas, with lots of wild game on it (hares, rabbits, skunks, rats, mice, squirrels, etc. etc."

    But I think that, if given that much freedom, your cat would stop coming home.

  4. Anna Cowan
    December 12, 2014 @ 4:10 am

    What is wrong with some of you people. These are wild animals! what right do you have to "own" them. Not to mention the incredible dangers they pose to not only you but to society. it breaks my heart thinking that there are so many people who knowingly and willingly support exotic animal import and imprisonment.

  5. Enzo Armani
    December 8, 2014 @ 12:58 am

    Regardless of the negative things you guys say…my snow leopard will be arriving January 15,2015

  6. Marika Falilejeva
    November 28, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    Minecraft ocelots did you say?

  7. Camilo Sanabria
    November 25, 2014 @ 5:46 am

    How much for an ocelot???? $15000!!!??? really???

  8. Khaim Jack Cousineau
    September 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Jason Harrold Does Candice really look like someone who would be on teh same page as you on this subject Jason? She is taking selfies in the mirror. She's another socially domesticated human.

  9. Lexii Viola Bannon
    September 9, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

    Please think about being a bit more nicer to humans too. Thank you. Have a great day Sophie!

  10. Crystal Dyson-Jackson
    August 30, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    I. Want. A. Kitty. Cat♥❇♦✳✴♦✴✳

  11. Melissa Griffin
    August 27, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    Casey Runkle There ya go…

  12. Matthew Dakota Willigar
    July 27, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    when i was little i was so damn determined to have one of every kind of big cat there was. of course now that i'm older and understand these aren't just 'cute kitties'. it would be a pleasure to have one of these beautiful animals as company but i prefer they reside in the wild like they used to.

  13. Danielle Nicole Jones
    July 25, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    I am very interested in getting a Tiger. Now that I know how much it's going to run me? Very good information.

  14. Sophie LaPorte
    July 13, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

    "I want" is so selfish and immature. As the owner of a cat rescue with various degrees in biology, i find that most people aren't even capable of taking care of a regular house cat, although they will tell you otherwise as they aren't fully educated about the animals' true needs. Yet, some "want" big cats?!? This is soooo scary to me! Too many children trapped in human adult bodies…

  15. Paige Pruitt-Haase
    June 28, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    That's awesome!

  16. Paige Pruitt-Haase
    June 28, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    What?
    Even if a wild cat is miraculously domesticated, it still has the natural instincts, even in small house cats, to hunt. Be it a playful act, the dangers are there, even kill by expressing theirselves in cat kind of way.

  17. Paige Pruitt-Haase
    June 28, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    If you want a big cat experience, why not take what you would spend in the first year, donate it to a wild cat rescue, and volunteer at the rescue. They need the funds, and the help. 🙂

  18. Trevor Blackwood
    June 27, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    I've wanted a bobcat for years now, and I didn't know how much it would cost, I was thinking about buying a 5 acre property in like Nevada, or something. But I didn't know it would cost that much. Wow, that's for saving me from a financial downfall

  19. Jason Ashley
    June 26, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    What's scary is this guy wants a cheetah but cannot spell LEGAL

  20. Jay Sharpe
    June 24, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    Carole Baskin Im the one that started this, and I have to agree with big-cat rescue, however I would like to add something, I do know that 'owning' a big cat is not a responsible thing to do but short of ed-populating the areas in Africa where the big cats are in danger what can be done to assure that they do not disappear, altogether? The real problem in the 'stone-age 'goat herders' that keep killing off the cat's and taking the land they, (the cat's) need to survive. the second big problem is china, 95% of the pouching in the world can be layed at there door, and that will not change until the western world forces them to do something about it. as for me i'm all for de-populating Africa, and turning it into a large animal preserve.

  21. Kathryn Inez Streeby
    June 20, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    Okay, the current theory is that cats domesticated themselves, Yes, this is a thing. Wild cats would hunt the rats in the pyramids and around the temples. They just got used to the presence of humans. This can happen all the time with animals. The difference is, the Egyptians started putting human contact into the picture after the wild cats were already used to being around them. Call me an idiot, but there has been extensive research done on this subject.

  22. Tony Thomas
    June 20, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    Kathryn Inez Streeby Youre and idiot. animals cannot "domesticate themselves."

  23. Jason Harrold
    May 2, 2014 @ 1:11 am

    Own? We have such a messed up perception of ownership. Something that we did not create… its said. Work on protecting these great animals, ensuring they survive and thrive in the animal. not in a chain link fence. People used to and still do think its ok to own people. its just not right. Freedom, live and let live. We keep destroying creatures and habitats simply to satisfy our own wants, pleasures and desires with total disregard to ecosystems, locally and globally

  24. Preston Michael Simpson
    April 23, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Does that call for a monthly fee?

  25. Kathryn Inez Streeby
    April 23, 2014 @ 3:30 am

    You're probably thinking of the domestication of today's house cat. House cats domesticated themselves in Ancient Egypt. No wild cat is domesticated. There is a difference between the word "domesticated" and the word "tamed".

    Humans have only tamed about 3 species out of the other millions that are out there. Horses, cats, and dogs.

    Domestication is when a species has gone through generations and generations of breeding and genetics while being selected for certain traits that are desirable to humans.

    Taming is a process in which a wild animal is subdued into adapting and submitting to a human's control.

    Huge differences.

  26. jili
    March 12, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    Thank you for your article. That is outstanding and honest. I think maybe it is even harder than you stated to own big cats, but you didn’t want to come across too strong or afraid it might turn people off.

    In my case, I want to raise Savannahs and Bengals. I had considered having a Serval to use for breeding purposes, but I’ve read on multiple sites about the urine spraying that is uncontrollable.

    I plan to have a separate attached cattery, air conditioned, and with separate quarters for cats that do better alone than mixed with others. Or perhaps just separating some of them. Either way, the cats would not be allowed inside the house except when I am with them to watch them.

    The Savannahs and Bengals I hear are not too bad about the spraying. I imagine an F1 Savannah is still going to spray even after having him fixed (since he would be sterile anyway).

    Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  27. Evan Boyes
    February 26, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

  28. Gato
    February 21, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    I think that this is the reason for several big cat attacks on humans. Because people only look at the cute side to them they are not fully aware of the consequences and responsibilities for having these kind of animals. My opinion is that if anyone should be in possession of any type of big cat it should be someone who is a professional at comprehending their behavior like a naturalist or vet.

    Big lion, small apartment, private owner with no clue how to take care of him-Bad idea.
    Tiger-huge ranch owner is licensed vet with ph.d in biology-ok idea

    Big cat in a large protected park being looked after by forest rangers and naturalists-best idea yet

  29. Эл Ройс
    February 16, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the article.
    I was doing research on whether it's possible to have a lynx as a cat, and your article really put things in perspective 🙂
    And, on a side note, I really like the design of your site.
    Thanks.

  30. Courtney LeCount
    February 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    I'm just gonna stick with my cats that only look wild, but domestic in their blood (at least as far as I know…)

  31. Patrick Murphy
    February 6, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

    Sharon Ihlefeld Obviously the reality check this whole subject was supposed to give, isn't getting to some. Such a shame.

    I know it can cost easily 20grand to take care of and maintain a healthy Cheetah.

  32. Patrick Murphy
    February 6, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    here:
    http://www.keepersofthewild.org/
    the closest one to me, and realistically in the Arizona area. This is a great group.

  33. Candice Tenn
    October 26, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Great advice! I like the brutal honesty. If only people saw past the cuteness and realize that the reality of owning these beautiful animals require so much more than majority of us can provide, plus not being able to properly take care of it does more harm than good to the animal. Sure, owning a tiger is on my bucket list, but for my happiness and theirs, I'll leave it to the experts at sanctuaries/zoos and simply visit them instead.

  34. Aubrey Zabik
    October 24, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Zahid Hassan, They're trying to stop the domestication of wild big cats so why would you ask if you could adopt one? Its good that your donating money though!(: I'm saving up right so I can donate a decently big amount of money to bcr because i'm also so passionate about big cats and love what you all are doing at bcr! Take Care!

  35. Aubrey Zabik
    October 24, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Zahid Hassan, They're trying to stop the attempted domestication of wild big cats so why would you ask if you could adopt one? But its good that your donating!(:

  36. Sharon Ihlefeld
    September 17, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    I understand that people might want to own a cheetah, but what about the cheetah? What about his wants and needs?

  37. Sharon Ihlefeld
    September 17, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Then I'd be reminded how stupid people can be.

  38. Jay Sharpe
    July 6, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    what about cheetah's I'm not fixing to go buy one, however I understand they were 'domesticated' as far back as ancient egypt, and are very adaptable to living with people., yes there are the same needs as other big cats, and they will spray but are they as aggressive? and would it help to preserve genetic diversity, and the species if 'owning' them was leagle, and feasible?

    • Carole Baskin
      July 7, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

      No captive breeding of exotic cats helps them in the wild. All they need are safe places to live and plenty of prey and they will breed like…well…like cats. Cheetah don't often end up in private hands because they are so inbred and do so poorly in captivity that they rarely live long enough to be dumped into the pet trade. Most of those who do have them as pets bought them from dealers in the wild, under the guise of "rescuing" them, when in fact they are just plucked from the wild and sold to the highest bidders.

  39. EricAshe KiwiSkittles Eisoptrophobia
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    If I could donate, I would donatre yearly to BCR. They do such a wonderful job, and I grow attached to each Big Cat as they introduce them. I can honestly say, I would rather watch videos of Big Cats through this Haven for them.

  40. Dylan Leftwich
    March 9, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    I just got a cat I love it

  41. Dylan Leftwich
    March 9, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    I just got a cat I love it

  42. Brittany Peterson
    March 3, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    I saw a commercial to "adopt" a tiger. I like the idea of it. I send "adoption" money to sponsor the tiger and it is taken care of in a natural habitat. I get cards, pictures and a little stuffed tiger. That is my idea of adopting a tiger.

  43. Brittany Peterson
    March 3, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    I saw a commercial to "adopt" a tiger. I like the idea of it. I send "adoption" money to sponsor the tiger and it is taken care of in a natural habitat. I get cards, pictures and a little stuffed tiger. That is my idea of adopting a tiger.

    • Dylan Shook
      April 17, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

      if i could visit the tiger i would do that

    • Dylan Shook
      April 17, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

      if i could visit the tiger i would do that

    • Jannah Leah
      April 18, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

      Exactly. Actually owning one yourself? So wrong.

  44. Cathryn O'Day
    March 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Great article and would most likely deter most people from making impulse decisions, which can't be a bad thing considering.

  45. Cathryn O'Day
    March 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Great article and would most likely deter most people from making impulse decisions, which can't be a bad thing considering.

  46. Jeff Gothro
    February 28, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Yep, I was thinking the same, love from afar, donate, adopt a cat that way, leave the care of the cat to the sanctuary and the professionals who work there.

  47. Jeff Gothro
    February 28, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Yep, I was thinking the same, love from afar, donate, adopt a cat that way, leave the care of the cat to the sanctuary and the professionals who work there.

  48. Carole Baskin
    February 26, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

  49. Zahid Hassan
    February 26, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    hi
    how can we send funds to you ,, can we adopt any cat from you we will keep it healthy and take care of it ,

  50. Zahid Hassan
    February 26, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    hi
    how can we send funds to you ,, can we adopt any cat from you we will keep it healthy and take care of it ,

  51. Zahid Hassan
    February 26, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    how can i send my funds to this organization
    ?

  52. Samantha Thorndyke
    February 13, 2013 @ 3:38 am

    Don't mean to be rude, but your pricing on acreage is REALLY dependent on area. You can often get it for less than 2k an acre here.

  53. Samantha Thorndyke
    February 13, 2013 @ 3:38 am

    Don't mean to be rude, but your pricing on acreage is REALLY dependent on area. You can often get it for less than 2k an acre here.

  54. Bfg Ben
    January 26, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    lovely cats I wish Lorraine Davidson.

  55. Bfg Ben
    January 26, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    lovely cats I wish Lorraine Davidson.

  56. David Suárez Cobos
    January 23, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    When I grow up I want to work here (you can speak spanish I don't know speak well the english).

  57. David Suárez Cobos
    January 23, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    When I grow up I want to work here (you can speak spanish I don't know speak well the english).

  58. Darlene McPeek
    January 6, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    better to donate funds to big cat rescue than to take a wild cat home. 🙂

  59. Darlene McPeek
    January 6, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    better to donate funds to big cat rescue than to take a wild cat home. 🙂

  60. Thomas Pettersen
    January 4, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    The best of luck , i hope you will rescue all the wounded and abanded and the rest of them , and give them a happy new life..
    I even signed up and I am supporting this 1000%.

  61. Thomas Pettersen
    January 4, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    The best of luck , i hope you will rescue all the wounded and abanded and the rest of them , and give them a happy new life..
    I even signed up and I am supporting this 1000%.

  62. Jason Hoag
    December 15, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    purrrr!

  63. Jason Hoag
    December 15, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    purrrr!

  64. Christopher Seidel
    December 12, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Love it!

  65. Christopher Seidel
    December 12, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Love it!

  66. Christopher Seidel
    December 12, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Love it!


  67. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    Well I want to have an african leopard pet and I think to get one as soon as I am sure I have the money and the place to have one so can you tell me something about leopards are they aggressive to people or hard to be trained does it make a difference if it is a male or a female.


  68. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    just become a zoologist like me and then u can take care of tigers and other animals every day then at the end of the night u go home knowin u did somthing great and when u wake up u can do the samething all over again.
    love bebe<3


  69. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    you guys do know that u ae distroing the animals life and species for your own selfish comfort if you really loved tigers as much as I do yuo would do wats best for the cat and not for u.
    love bebe<3


  70. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    Looking for a Tiger cub?


  71. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    I’m going to find a cub bobcat and name it Milk. : )


  72. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    this information is the best I have found so far and my love for big cats is even greater than ever. I have wanted a tiger as long as I can remember but with this info I see now that I have much to learn as for now I will keep my demestic cats lol. it is truely sad how people think that they can handle such amazing creatures and yet lead them to death, I think everyone for this helpful information and like to say keep up the good work.


  73. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    reply me on my email Id its mrwasif_20@yahoo.com.


  74. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    What is the price of an ocelot tiger kitten.


  75. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    crap


  76. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    tell me were I can get a bob cat e mail me at nikolasclark@yahoo.com.


  77. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    I’m Going To Purchase A Tiger And Name Him Sidewalk C:


  78. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    I WANT AN OCELOT!


  79. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    this sucks


  80. November 23, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    I have kept and worked with animals exotic and domestic my entire life and believe that if anyone has the proper facolities and abilities to provide for them they should have the right to keep them. Now as for keeping exotic cats in your home like a house cat your an idiot and need to either get some training about exotic cats or give them to someone that knows what they are doing. As for the Ohio situation, there is so much more happening than the blind sheep of the public are aware of. These AR terrorist organizations will stop at nothing to fyrther their agendas and further pad their pockets.

  81. Bridjette Andrade
    August 20, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    just become a zoologist like me and then u can take care of tigers and other animals every day then at the end of the night u go home knowin u did somthing great and when u wake up u can do the samething all over again.
    love bebe<3

  82. Channia Noel Pullen
    July 24, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    this information is the best I have found so far and my love for big cats is even greater than ever. I have wanted a tiger as long as I can remember but with this info I see now that I have much to learn as for now I will keep my demestic cats lol. it is truely sad how people think that they can handle such amazing creatures and yet lead them to death, I think everyone for this helpful information and like to say keep up the good work.

  83. Lindsey Glasgow
    June 4, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    what is this? lol

  84. Zachary Webster
    May 28, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    huh!??!?!?!?!?

  85. Don
    June 2, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    I love and respect all big cats. I think what Big Cat Rescue is doing is huge. Now, I’m ignorant to big cat behavior compared to our pros on this site, and probably better stated I’m ignorant to my own behavior, but all I can say is that before I get into a Tiger cage with a live Tiger I’ll have a tranquillizer gun in my hands. Is that silly?

    Just me functioning on that that fifth brain cell left,

    Don

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