Felis rufus - BOBCAT
$25.00 per month
Born in 1993, Reddie is a Bobcat. Reddie's parents were owned by a private party who are typical of the "Breed for Greed" part of society. These individuals sell exotic cats to anyone willing to pay the price. Sadly the animal is the one who loses since, typically, once the novelty has worn off and the reality of how wild these cats are sinks in, the owners shirk their responsibilityand want someone else to take over. In many cases, they will either try releasing the cat into the wild (which will end up on the news as a wild cat sighting near a home), or they will just have the animal destroyed.
Bobcats are part of the lynx family and are felis or purring cats. This North American cat is like a slightly smaller version of the Lynx,but it occurs in a wider range of habitats. The coat is shorter, the legs thinner, the feet smaller and the ear tufts considerably reduced or even nonexistent,but the markings can be very similar to the more sandy and spotted ones of the Lynx and it has the same cheek whiskers. The Bobcat's usual diet is rabbits, rodents, birds and even deer. Usually silent, Bobcats sometimes make loud screams, hisses and other sounds during courtship. They are named for their short or "bobbed" tail, which is characteristic of bird eating cats. A long-tailed cat would have trouble maneuvering in the bushes. The white spots on the back of their ears look like eyes to larger predators.