Domestic Cat High Fives With Bobcat

This is the meeting of a domestic tabby cat with his ancestor, almost. You can see the connection, the recognition in the faces of these two cats. OK there is glass between them but I’d bet if there wasn’t they would get along famously.

There is a subliminal message in this still picture from a video made in Arizona. It is slightly sad. It is like the domestic cat is lost; he has lost his roots, his freedom, his life in the wild. The bobcat is looking in and asking himself, “is that the way we turn out when we are domesticated for 10,000 years?”

Bobcat High Fives with Domestic Cat
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Bobcat High Fives with Domestic Cat. Wild meets domestic

I want them to be together. Perhaps the wild cat is saying, “it is tough out here being hunted for my skin.” The domestic cat is saying, “it is easy in here but I want to be with you.”

I know I am just rambling on in fantasy land but there is a connection between these cats that bridges the 10,000 years it took to get from one to the other.

Note: the actual ancestor of the domestic cat is the African-Asian wildcat but the same principles apply.

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7 Responses

  1. Hairless Cat says:

    Hi Michael,

    Love the picture.

    I think that they’d be respectful friends if the glass were to be removed. It looks like they are enjoying socializing through the glass and appreciate each others company.

    But you might be right – if the glass were removed, things might go bad after a while. It’s possible that the bobcat would view the domestic cat as prey.

    Then again, as Dorothy pointed out, various animals that are usually not compatible can be good friends.

    I’m glad the bobcat enjoyed the visit all the same.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • Michael says:

      Agreed. I have a feeling that these two would be mates. There is a look of respect and interest in the eyes and behavior of both. But that is not to say that a bobcat will never attack a domestic cat. I don’t know of any attacks but it probably happens.

  2. Marc says:

    I saw this video – the pictures are taken from a video. It ran on the news locally – i think it might have been Arizona or that area. It really is amazing. They did that sort of cat patticake manoeuvre. Very special and I agree, almost a bit sad. I wonder how many domestic cats and bobcats actually do get to meet without glass between them and how they spend time together.

    • Michael says:

      It fascinates me how they would get on. I really sense they would treat each with respect and be friendly if they wanted to be. Of course you have to factor in the fact that the bobcat is a larger predator than the tabby domestic cat so there is the possibility it would attack the domestic cat as a prey. Lions attack leopards for example in Africa. There doesn’t seem to be a “brotherhood of cats” – a mutual agreement that wildcats don’t eat each other! That said I feel these two would be friendly.

      • Dorothy says:

        Don’t forget the fox and cat friends in Turkey. That fox might hunt and catch another cat for food, but never his friend. They are bonded. And remember the National Geo video where the tiger takes down a baboon only to find it had a baby attached to it. It didn’t eat the kill, but looked after the baby baboon. We don’t fully understand the beautiful world of animals. Here is that video.

  3. Dorothy says:

    This is fantastic. They really know they are the same. What a beautiful sight. How could a person shoot such a magnificent creature? We have bobcats here. I don’t see them very often. Probably because they have plenty of habitat to roam out of view. I see more fox and coyotes than anything. There are plenty of rabbits, squirrels, gophers etc to keep a bobcat employed full time, with benefits.

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