Take a caracal, make him fat and make him look stupid with a dunce’s hat

The title deliberately rhymes. This is a pet caracal living in Russia and I’m going to criticise the owner who is Russian judging by the language on this cat’s Instagram webpage. I think it is completely wrong in the first place to treat a beautiful caracal, a highly athletic wild cat, as a pet. But to overfeed your caracal to the point where they are clearly obese and put a dunce’s hat on his head is insulting. It is disrespectful and it is stupid. This person should be ashamed of themselves. I hope they see this page and I would like them to comment but I doubt whether they will do either.

Overfed, captive and inactive pet caracal is made to look like a dunce
Overfed, captive and inactive pet caracal is made to look like a dunce. Photo: Instagram.
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This is not the first caracal that has been overfed and ridiculed. There is another in Latvia. It seems that in this neck of the woods they have a penchant for possessing exotic creatures without having the ability to look after them properly. Perhaps they overfeed them to keep them happy because they’re so miserable being trapped in a home. In the wild they would have a home range of about 220 km² if they are males and 57 km² of females. You can get a sense of what it feels like to have in your DNA the need to be able to roam over 220 km² but be confined most of the time to a human home, probably a house.

It would not surprise me if they had declawed this cat. I am not saying they have but it’s possible. People who adopt exotic cats like this tend to be irresponsible in that regard. They want to possess a wild cat but they don’t want any downside and a potential downside is being scratched by large claws at the end of a powerful forearm. And declawing cats is a problematic operation at best.

Caracals make some pretty extraordinary sounds as well. They have the usual domestic cat sounds such as meowing, hissing, growling, spitting and purring but they can make a harsh hissing bark and other unfamiliar calls which are loud. Pretty intimidating I would have thought sometimes. But you don’t hear or see that sort of thing because people who post photographs on Instagram of pet caracals do their best to present to the world this idyllic existence.

7 thoughts on “Take a caracal, make him fat and make him look stupid with a dunce’s hat”

  1. Think you’re looking a bit too deep into this. it’s just a cute animal wearing a birthday hat,not the end of the world

    • I agree that it is not the end of the world. Not at all. But what I’m saying in the title is that the owner is not doing a great job of cat caregiving. They can do better. That is all I’m saying. Letting a caracal become fat is not good and entertaining oneself by making your cat look stupid is not good either. It’s a question of respecting the cat and not using the cat to entertain one’s self and others. That’s all. Nothing clever about it. Nothing even deep about it. It’s common sense.

      • It isn’t only to entertain its to make a profit. They have social media accounts and they advertise and sell “pumba merch” and “big floppa merch” and they have a Vimeo link to sell personal photos and videos with the caracals in them. They’re purely exploiting these wild animals and using them for social media and financial gain with the bare minimum care and over feeding them probably to help keep them tame. It is absolutely sickening those poor cats deserve to be free not seen as a token for their social media clout.


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