servals kittens, savannah, bengals, Ocelot, caracals, Bengals for sale

servals kittens, savannah, bengals, Ocelot, caracals, Bengals for sale

by Michael

We also sell Peterbald cats. Just $300. Bargain basement  prices. Location: PHOENIX AZ , CA, 85003, United States. Our cats are vaccinated and spayed/neutered. We provide a written sales agreement, written health guarantee, health records, 6-week insurance policy and a care manual. “The cats were all born and raised in our home and are very friendly”.

The title is a typical advert on the internet. Note that it is all in lower case and a bit of a mess to be honest, because this is often how the adverts are presented. The photograph accompanying the advert is a serval kitten:

serval-kitten-for-sale

You will also see adverts in which the seller says “TICA Registered Serval”. A serval is a wild cat and TICA is concerned with domestic cats. As far as I am aware TICA do not register wild cats. Wrong? Please tell me in a comment.

The question is: Is this good or bad? Should people criticise these people or jump in and buy? Such a good price, after all.

What I find very surprising is that the cats are a mix of wild cat hybrid (Savannah and Bengal), purebred (Peterbald) and wild cat (ocelot, serval and caracal). I would be very surprised if a breeder is breeding these wild cats  and Peterbalds. The Peterbald is a very rare partially hairless purebred cat. In general, wild cats don’t do well in captivity and don’t breed well in captivity. It must be difficult to breed them. So what is going on? Are they simply importing the wildcats and saying that they are bred at their cattery?

That is what I think is happening. In which case I would allege that there is misrepresentation by the seller and they cannot be trusted. My reaction is that this is very bad for the wild cats. If these prices are real they are extraordinarily cheap. Why so cheap? Are wild cats that cheap? Maybe they are. I have seen $1000 for small wildcats. These are similar prices to purebred cats. If wild cats are this cheap, it is a poor reflection on what is going on – lots of trading. There cannot be a shortage of these cats.

The prices and the whole feeling of the advert tells me that this is a person trading in wild cats with a total disregard for the wild cat species and its conservation. It is simply an abuse of potentially endangered small wildcats. They are nothing less than a commodity to be used for financial profit. The world should have moved on from that mentality.

The caracal, serval and ocelot are all classified as “Least Concern” by the Red List, although we should recognise that assessments as to threats to survival in the wild are imprecise. There is no doubt that the general trend in respect of the survivability of these cats in the wild is downwards.

Trading wild cats on the internet and selling to buyers who are unskilled in caring for wildcats is the sort of thing that erodes the status of the wild cats, an abuse of wildcats and an extension of what happened no so long ago: the mass killing of the ocelot in particular for its skin to make coats. Interestingly, if you search for “ocelot for sale” in the UK you come up with ocelot coats from the 1930s! The manufacture of ocelot coats is now banned but old ones can still be traded.

International trade in the ocelot and the Asian caracal is banned under CITES Appendix 1. Does CITES stop trade? I don’t think so, as enforcement is poor. There would seem to be a general disregard of the restrictions under CITES.

The internet trade is small wildcats is wrong. There needs to be regulations in place to control it. Beware of people offering ocelots for sale on the internet at cheap prices and promising the earth while sounding very professional. Never buy at distance and never from someone living in Africa (sorry that is not racist – just sensible). Never pay money up front no matter how much you are tempted. There is a very good chance that you will lose the money and the seller will disappear. In fact don’t buy ocelots and small wildcats at all. All you are doing is gradually undermining the status of the cat in the wild because of some whim that you fancy “owning” a wild cat. It is clearly poor behaviour.

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Apr 18, 2012 caracal kittens
by: Anonymous

If you are interested in getting an exotic kitten i will advice you contact one of the best breeders that i know on their email at globalkittensupply@yahoo.com


Mar 24, 2012 Caracal kittens
by: Chica

I greet be interest purchase of cat caracal.
I would like have inform what weeks kittens and if capability
of dispatch of he would be for greece would be there
so cost of such package if?
Please about contact on my e-mail: cleo12@o2.pl


Mar 07, 2012 Leave wild cats where they belong
by: Mr Angry

It is downright cruel to breed cats from wild cats, they should never be caged, nor sold to anyone to live in cramped houses, nor led like dogs on leads for a pathetic exercise session.
Does no one consider how horrible a life many of those cats end up with?
Surely there are plenty of domestic cats desperate for homes, in fact dying for lack of them that no one needs a status symbol cat.
Passed around like parcels, returned unwanted because they behave naturally, it is heart breaking.
Born free, let them stay free!


Mar 06, 2012 my ideas
by: Kathy W

I once bought a bargain basement Bengal. She was not tame, you could pet her but could not handle her. Then I made the same mistake and bought one from a back room breeder who died about a month later. The first one got outside and was not able to be caught even in a cage. About 2 years ago I bough a Savannah, not a bargain cat, and she too was not able to be handled. After a severe bite the breeder agreed to trade her for another kitten, same parents, but she is totally my baby. The first one the lady really had these cats in her basement and they were beautiful. But when we left the room she turned the lights out on the poor things. These kittens were not socialized. She also had several in cages outside. I think when buying a purbred kitten I would not buy the first one I saw and liked but go back several times to check the place out. In the case of the unhadleable Savannah, I dont beleve she was handled like she should have been and we did go several times to see her to make sure she was what we wanted. When we got her home she wAs all teeth and nails and would not even take a treat from your hand. She growled and hissed and you. This one we got in exchange is just a big baby but she holds her own ground against the other cats. She is big cuddler and is truly bonded to me and she is my baby.


Mar 02, 2012 Not good
by: Ruth

I don’t like the sound of that advert at all!
‘Bargain basement’ kittens they are obviously breeding just to make money so I don’t think they will be too particular about who they sell those kittens to. Or if the people who buy them know how to care for them properley or what they will do to them.
How could they breed so many in their home? Surely there must be regulations?
No I don’t think adverts like that should be allowed.

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