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Could a lynx be domesticated? — 20 Comments

  1. At about 02:22s you can see Max’s right front claws! It’s only a glimpse, nice sharp black & tan ones. It’s interesting that when his human is scratching his caudal area, Max doesn’t extend his front claws. Domestic cats tend to do that, a physical expression of pleasure, and often raise their rear end into the lordosis position.

    The Russian Lynx looks to have complete paws too. He looks to be fully weight bearing on his front end as he walks around. The last shot (although soft focus) shows paws that appear well rounded at the ends, the hair following the line over P3, not the awful truncated, stumpy appearance of paws mutilated by declawing.

    The Russian Lynx seems restless, but that could be the presence of the camera.

    I don’t think the term ‘domesticated’ is fully accurate as the process of domestication of wild species takes many, many generations. But maybe the poor fur farm Lynx have been captive bred for hundreds of generations? Even then, if released from that hell, I would suggest that given the chance, wild instinct & behaviour would surface in a wild environment.

    …you can take the cat out of the wild, but you cannot take the wild out of the cat

    I think these two beauties have been ‘habituated’ to human contact. If they ever lose their secure homes, they will be the most vulnerable type of animal, the wild species that is confident to be around humans. They are a psychological chimera.

    The questions arise for me around such issues as life vs existence, enriched life & compromise, expression vs suppression of the feline self etc Both cats look adapted to the lives they have. I wonder if they have been neutered? That would go a long way to ensuring a calmer life within their unnatural environments.

    Damn fine purr on Max.

    • > wild instinct & behaviour would surface in a wild environment.
      …until some “blockhead” (“обормот”) shoots him. That’s what happened (according to the owner) when the Russian man’s first lynx escaped (or, possibly, was “released”). This is his second lynx.

  2. When I read the title the name “Max” immediately came to my mind. He’s fairly famous on youtube, or at least that’s where I’ve seen him for years. I also think some of these cats can and should be saved and live happy lives under circumstances that are right for the cat. It’s just getting to the point that particular animals that are good psychological candidates are at our mercy to find a properly educated and experienced human who can take care of them for life in the proper setting with the proper permit and legal veterinary availability. Everything has to be just right and even then should the cat find itself outside it’s human’s care, it faces the risk of being killed by almost anyone, sometimes just for fun. I’ve seen videos of lynx cats in the wild and they’re always so calm and not wanting any trouble. I think they’re basically good candidates. Max certainly is a great example. I’ve read that Savanahs, though hybrid are less so and when they change owners it’s very hard on them. Gotta think of the cat’s best interest and be set up and committed for life, as with any cat obviously.

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