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Fisher Cat

Vinss
March 1st, 2010, 02:49 AM
http://www.hemmy.net/2007/10/21/extreme-pets-fishing-cat/

In Russia there are little to no laws regarding pets; this enables them to have reare and exotic paets such as this fisher cat. Thought I'd share because it looks awesome.

14+kitties
March 1st, 2010, 07:29 PM
OMG!! All I can say is Thank God Canada has laws that prevents the exploitation of those beauties. Although I'm sure some :loser: will find a way to circumvent those laws. :(

Vinss
March 1st, 2010, 08:00 PM
OMG!! All I can say is Thank God Canada has laws that prevents the exploitation of those beauties. Although I'm sure some :loser: will find a way to circumvent those laws. :(

I'm risking myself at inquireing about your reaction; no offense is meant in any way here. Would you be alright with it if they were captively bred? I mean, they look like alot of work (feeding live chicken and fish) so I wouldn't take one myself, but if it was like a cat, I'd definately want a fisher cat.

Since you brought up laws, last week I was told an anecdote about this guy who had a special permit which enabled him to legally keep an alligator, akomodo dragon and a few other exotic animals in Canada as exotic pets. Anyone hear about such a thing before?

14+kitties
March 1st, 2010, 08:12 PM
You risk nothing. :rolleyes:

First off - It is an endangered species.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing_Cat

Secondly, it is a wild animal. The same as a larger wild cat. They belong in their natural habitat, not in someone's home. :shrug:

As for keeping an alligator, a komodo, and other exotics I am sure he would need one heck of a permit.

bendyfoot
March 1st, 2010, 08:24 PM
There was that guy who was recently mauled by his "pet" tiger in southern Ontario...he had the animal legally...it IS possible to get permits for these exotic animals...whether or not people SHOULD have the animals is another story.

The Fisher Cat is indeed a stunning feline, no question about that. But I always question whether or not they SHOULD be kept, even if bred in captivity. There are so many examples (the lion for one, the killer whale who recently killed a trainer for another) where captive-bred UNDOMESTICATED animals have turned on their handlers, or become ill, or neurotic or etc. etc. There is a big difference between breeding domestic and undomesticated animals. Domesticity is not something that happens in a single generation.

I know there are captive breeding programs for endangered species and the like (I can think of black-footed ferrets off the top of my head for a Canadian example), but I have to, as a scientist, question the validity/purpose of those too in MOST cases.

14+kitties
March 1st, 2010, 08:27 PM
Just to add quickly - The site you posted shows a Fishing Cat. A Fisher Cat as your title says is actually entirely different. I wouldn't own one of them either.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_(animal)

bendyfoot
March 1st, 2010, 08:32 PM
:D Huh. I've never heard Fishers (members of the weasel family) described as "fisher cats"...you learn something new every day! :thumbs up Definitely not the same animal, and, having had direct interactions with fishers in captivity, I can safely agree with you 14+ that they are NOT a critter you'd want to share your home with!!! :eek:

Jim Hall
March 1st, 2010, 08:37 PM
good lord who would want somwthing that big in a house ?

bendyfoot
March 1st, 2010, 09:01 PM
LOL it eats more than my dogs!!!:laughing: I have a hard enough time finding fresh RAW meat for them, let alone meat that's still moving!!! :eek::laughing:

Kay9
March 1st, 2010, 09:05 PM
:yell:

That was a yell. Glad I don't live there.:eek:

aslan
March 1st, 2010, 09:48 PM
it is a beautiful animal and atleast the people he lives with are letting him catch and kill his food ( sorta), but they are a wild animal and should be left in the wild...besides i'm not sure i'd want a catfish swimming in my tub..

MyBirdIsEvil
March 8th, 2010, 06:02 AM
They are indeed an awesome animal, but I generally disagree with keeping wild exotic animals unless they're something not endangered or can be ethically captive bred and kept. Not all "wild" animals are bad to keep. There are fish that are endangered in the wild but are being proliferated quite well in captivity and can be cared for just fine. People keep birds that do just fine in captivity.
There are people that don't care for those type of animals like they should, but that can be argued about domesticated animals also.

In the case I'm not sure how the couple came to own a fishing cat. I dunno if they came by it from ethical means or what. The cat looks pretty happy, but I'm by no means an expert on this species, so for all I know it exhibits stress behavior and I wouldn't even know :shrug:.

clm
March 8th, 2010, 07:21 PM
It is a beautiful cat. No doubt about it. The problem with a cat that big is it can do you, someone in your home or your other pets some serious damage. Cats are cats. They are not the same as dogs. Their wild natural instincts come out from time to time. How many of us have been beaten up by our house cats? Just from them either playing too rough or in the case of a few, a cat that goes a little nuts when a strange cat comes around or just going through the cat crazies and zoomies through the house. We've had a 12lb himi send my husband to the emergency room after he inadvertantly woke up the cat who was sleeping with his eyes open. He went to pat him thinking he was awake and he startled the cat and had his arm tore apart. Chico2 has a male cat who has done her some serious damage as well.
Our own cats like to play and fight together. Sometimes it gets a little over the top and too serious. If that cat were in the fray, I'd have 3 other dead cats.
Having a cat that large is just asking for a lot of trouble and just like the guy with the tiger, playing with fire will likely catch up with them someday.

clm

JennieV
March 15th, 2010, 12:15 AM
Update:
Having read their website (yes, I speak fluent Russian), I can tell you that something happened, probably some kind of conflict, a fight, they don't give details... The cat is now in the zoo. I assume it has to do with him maturing and challenging the man of the house. I understood he attacked someone, but not sure whom. He is doing great, but is much happier at the zoo with other kitties like him, a female and proper space and environment made for him.

They have rescued him when he was a baby, something happened to the the mother, and him and his sister were nursed by a cat first, then bottle-fed and on and on and on... The couple really did try their best, but his wild call got too wild at one point.
:shrug: wild animals should not be living in apartments. :2cents:

chico2
March 15th, 2010, 05:12 PM
Jennie,that's good to know,thank's:thumbs up

Melinda
March 16th, 2010, 11:05 AM
thanks for the update!