How to Tame a Wild Bobcat

Everywhere I’ve lived, there have been bobcats living near home. They are common, though not seen all that often. I’ve also written about them before. Bobcats are totally gorgeous felines. Their fur is usually tawny to grayish in color, with spots or elongated markings, and in the wild, this cat often grows double the size of a very large house cat. It should never be forgotten that they are wild animals. However, there are ways to tame bobcats. Bobcat age One of the top considerations is how old the bobcat is. Even young ones that are only a month and a half old are likely to scratch and hiss at first and their claws and teeth are quite sharp. The older they become, the harder it becomes to tame them. Even older animals can be tamed, though, with enough patience. Bobcats require the same basic things that any feline would need. Physically, those needs are something to eat and drink, and shelter. It goes well beyond that, naturally. Like most other kittens, as they grow, they need attention and love. There are many people who believe that love is a human emotion and that we are simply imagining its importance for animals. They obviously haven’t observed cats very closely if they believe this. Mother cats, bobcats included, lavish attention on the young. The attention and love is almost constant as long as the kitten is growing up. Love and attention is a key for taming bobcats of any age. The Continue Reading →

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Was it a Lynx or a Bobcat

Lynxes and bobcats are animals that look a lot alike and they have similar habits. They also sometimes have overlapping ranges. For this reason, many people use their common names interchangeably and don’t know the difference between them, though they are two different species of wildcats. So what is the difference between a lynx (Lynx canadensis) and a bobcat (Lynx rufus)? Lynx and at bobcat similarities First, it is helpful to see how the two wildcats are similar. There are a lot of similarities. Both have short tails, ear tufts, are medium-sized cats (larger than the average house cat and smaller than a mountain lion, jaguar or leopard) and both are commonly found in conifer forests and in mountain terrain. These cat are usually primarily brownish in the summer and grayish in the winter. They both have darker spots or elongated spots and markings and lighter bellies that allow them to blend into the background, making them hard to see if they are stationary. Both cats are also very important predators, eating mostly rabbits, hares and rodents, helping to keep mouse, vole, lemming, squirrel, rabbit and hare populations in check. They will eat birds, bird eggs, lizards, amphibians, fish and even insects on occasion, however. Both cats often hunt by pouncing on their prey, very much like a house cat does. These cats both live 5-10 years in the wild and they both typically have three or four kittens, often varying according to how much available food there is. How lynxes and Continue Reading →

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