Originally Posted by axxe55
wild animals by nature do not usually make good pets. even those gotten when real young usually at some point when they mature have a tendency to revert to wilder instincts. unless you are well versed in dealing with wild animals, not a good idea.
Originally Posted by Steel_Talon
I grew up in a ranching family. I came into possession of a little baby Raccoon.... With "Clyde" at times it was a challenge with him and his opposable thumbs. And when he got to feeling his oats he developed a fondness for crotch sniffing. I wouldn't suggest a Raccoon for a pet. They are curious, destructive, and temperamental.
I have hand raised several raccoons and a couple squirrels. All were very fun and cute. But, as mentioned, they are wild animals. All.......everyone one of my 'babies'.......were allowed to be wild animals when they grew. Once they reach sexual maturity, nature kicks in and they aren't really interested in hanging with the humans. All of my 'babies' were allowed to come and go as they pleased. Eventually, they were gone more than they were here with me. I always left food out for them and have a special feeder that they need to lift the lid on to get at the food so my dogs don't eat the raccoon food.
Wild animals can make interesting pets but in the long run, they should be allowed to be what they are.........wild. I always look forward to getting a new wild animal to hand raise when I can but I know they eventually go their own way........as it should be.
Also, all animals I raise get wormed and a prophylactic injection of penicillin.
Here he is as a baby...
Here he is older and spending time outside......
Here he is one morning after he spent the night outside. He heard me letting the dogs out and wanted to see what was going on. He came out of the tree and ran to the back door for some scrambled eggs.
Okay.......that all being said, it is very difficult to find a vet that will treat a wild animal. Almost impossible if you aren't a licensed wild life rehabber. Also, getting a bobcat neutered would be an absolute necessity for having it as a pet. I can't imagine the litter box situation. And if the animal becomes unmanageable, what would you do with it?