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January 15, 2001

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Cindy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cindy
Age: Six years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Cougar
Home: Florida, USA
   Cindy is a gorgeous cougar. I have raised her since five weeks of age. She is the sweetest cougar alive. She lives with Romeo, a male cougar, and no they will not have babies, Cindy is spayed. More of Cindy and Romeo will be able to be seen at their mommy's website under exotics, big cats, cougars (Also here). If properly raised cougars make excellent pets and Cindy is living proof of that!

    Cindy is very special to my heart, I love her to death. I bought her from a breeder, once I was properly licensed. I have been licensed to own cougars in Florida since 1993. Cindy was born on March 30, 1994. I never met her parents, as I bought her sight unseen from a breeder in Missouri. Cindy is very tame for us. I raised her in my house from five pounds in size like a dog, loose when I was around, locked up when I was out. I would say she went through her terrible twos like any puppy would. Raising her was more like a dog than a house cat. A house cat you can pretty well ignore, a cougar requires a lot of constant supervision and attention, minimum four hours a day. They also do not mix with children. I had a seven-year-old as my youngest when I got her, and I had to keep them separate or her on a tight leash as she grew up. She has no claws front or back, but she has all of her teeth, canines (fangs) included.

    Cindy is very affectionate when she wants to be. She loves attention, even from outside of her cage. She is very good with myself & my hubby, and basically we are the only ones to go in her cage. Exotics require a lot more attention, affection, patience and money and a good veterinarian who knows what he/she is doing with them. I always advise people, find the vet first, then seek the cat, do not wait till an emergency to look in the phone book for a vet to help, because a lot do not know what to do or are not equipped to handle one. I am blessed both with my sweetie (Cindy) and the fact that (hunny) hubby is her vet too. :-) We also have another cougar now named Romeo. We rescued him. We can only touch him when he lets us. That is what happens when you do not raise them. Mentally they are not like a dog where you can just find them a new home & life is grand. They get emotionally bonded, and the bond is way deeper than one can describe, and once you give them away they don't have that bond anymore and the new person has a totally untrusting cat to deal with. In our case Romeo is about 150 pounds of unsure cougar, but he is a love for the most part, he would never hurt us. He shares Cindy's accommodations, which right now is a 20' x 40' cage. It's been over two years since we rescued him, and he's still not 100% sure to trust us.

    Cougars are not for everyone, but for those of us highly responsible, motivated, and loving owners they are a blessing from God and I think they are the most gorgeous creatures alive. They eat raw meat, so feeding alone is pricey. As for why I got a cougar, I just always wanted one to appreciate their beauty up close and personal and the blessing I got when I followed my gut instinct & got one was to find that their love is enormous to match their beauty. I wouldn't trade Cindy for anything in the world. She is a part of me. Our bond is special.

    You can't play with cougars like you can a dog. In fact the worst mistakes untrained people make are to rough-house them as babies and that makes them very unmanageable at 200 pounds. Remember they are agile, can leap high, and are 150 - 200 pounds of pure muscle & teeth, the last thing you want is for them to be aggressive. You want sweet loving animals to just pet and enjoy. Cindy does like catnip and grass though!


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