African servals, exotic cats as pets

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There is nothing like the intense bonds that form between humans and these tame wild cats.

This guide will explain the challenges and help you decide if life with one of these amazing cats is right for you.

Whether you are considering inviting a serval into your life or already care for one, this site has the most comprehensive information you'll find about these cats on the internet.

What cat lover hasnít looked into the eyes of a wild cat at a zoo or in a photograph and secretly wondered how different these creatures really are at heart from our domestic companions?

If you are interested in other exotic cat species, visit my other website, ExoticCatz.com

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Servals are a small cat species native to Africa, bred domestically and raised as pets. This site provides realistic, balanced information serval care, behavior, temperament, training, declawing, equipment, raising serval kittens, why exotic cat ownership should not be banned, and more. Every article also has great serval photos, so visit each page to see all the pictures. Whether you are considering inviting a serval into your life or already care for one, this site has the most comprehensive information you'll find about these cats on the internet.

What cat lover hasnít looked into the eyes of a wild cat at a zoo or in a photograph and secretly wondered how different these creatures really are at heart from our domestic companions? Who hasnít fantasized about reaching out and petting one, and hearing it purr in response? For some people, that dream is a reality. Living with a tame wild cat is an amazing experience which verifies what many have felt deep down; these animals can be every bit as loving and affectionate as a domestic house cat.

This dream come true brings with it some very real challenges and responsibilities far beyond those facing the average pet owner. This guide will explain those challenges and help you decide if life with one of these amazing cats is right for you. In any case, you will come away with an insight into what itís really like to know and love a serval or other small wild feline. This site focuses on the African Serval, but much of the information here can be applied to the other small wild cats such as caracals, bobcats, and lynx.

One of my goals with this site is also to dispel some of the negative myths surrounding exotic animals and their owners. Thanks to widespread misconceptions fostered by extreme animal rights activists and sensational news bites, some people have been led to believe that private ownership is bad or somehow harmful. While completely false, these misconceptions have allowed animal rights groups to push through bills in some states forbidding private ownership of these animals. This trend has forced many feline owners to become political lobbyists, fighting to save their pets from being outlawed and killed.

I live with Sirocco, a male African Serval. He is ďThe Sweetest Wildcat.Ē This little spotted creature has stolen my heart, and his affectionate head butts and loud purr inform me beyond a shadow of a doubt that my love is returned many times over. I canít help but stare at this beautiful animal that I would feel privileged just to be able to touch and marvel at the fact that heís curled up at my side, or racing in from his outdoor play area to greet me. There is nothing like the intense bonds that form between humans and these tame wild cats.

When I was researching servals, I had many questions about them and their behavior. Ironically, the only real information some sites have is "Find out all you can about servals before making the decision to get one." This site is here to fill that void. For information on more exotic cat species, visit my other website, ExoticCatz.com. To chat with other serval and exotic cat owners and ask for advice, visit my Exotic Cat Forum.


You remain responsible.. Forever...
For what you have tamed.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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