We Share Our Home With Two Bobcats | BEAST BUDDIES

MELISSA: They have very, very strong jaws, and sometimes they’ll bite you just a little bit harder than what our tender arms are used to. MELISSA: Hello, we are Mick and Melissa and we are the owners of two bobcats. MELISSA: Owning bobcats, you know that you are going to have bruises and you know you are gonna have scratches and you are gonna have little bites. They have never.. MICK: Not once.
MELISSA: Hurt us in a way out of anger. It’s just when they really start playing. MELISSA: Have a couple of little broken bones in the hands and lots of scabs. MICK: Lots of scabs. When I was a kid, I found a bobcat rustling around in some hay in a barn and I didn’t know any better. I just thought it was a kitten so I scooped it up, I took it inside and we were really close. So I remember that as a kid and thought if there was ever a point in time as an adult where we could try again with one, I really want to give it a shot. MELISSA: It was supposed to be just one home, but we ended up having two. MELISSA: So we got Gypsy about a year ago in January of 2018. Monaco, about two months later, and we have had them now for almost about six months together. And they are learning to get along really well and each month it’s a little bit better. MICK: I am the food prepper. MICK: What bobcats eat is a fresh mix of chicken, steak, we tried hamburger and everyone suggests hamburger but neither of them like it. Shrimp, salmon…
MELISSA: Expensive taste. MICK: Pork and it’s all good stuff and I always go for the heavier fats. Cuts of meat and we feed them once a day in the morning. I also put a supplement on top and it includes bone marrow, feathers, fur, teeth, just anything and everything that they would ingest in the wild. So hopefully they are not missing anything. MELISSA: Yeah, they also get organs, you know, we’ll put some animal organs in the food. MELISSA: As far as damage to the house goes, as you can see our couch is in great condition. They pee in the toilet.
MICK: Sometimes in the sink. MELISSA: Sometimes in the sink, yes. MELISSA: Come to find out that it’s actually innate in them because they are wild animals and they don’t want their scent to be left because they like to stay elusive and they like to pee in streams and ponds and all that stuff, and so in the house as soon as they find the toilet, that’s their preferred place to go to the bathroom because it hides their scent, which is so cool. MICK: They love hard and they play hard. We have always been the type of people that had never really taken the normal path. So it was just a natural interest to us. First and foremost, will this work? MELISSA: We have to really work for their respect, but once you get it there’s this really tight bond that you just can’t get with any other kind of animal. I mean we have owned dogs, we have owned cats, we have owned lizards, we have owned every kind of animal and I have, we have never owned one that, when we walk in the door, from even being gone for two hours, they are so excited to see you. Gypsy is all up in me and jumping on me and Monaco is wanting us to play with her. They are just, we are their life absolutely, and in captivity they live between 20 and 30 years. So this is a very long term commitment, we are very prepared for that. MICK: We are going to be cruising around on our walkers and our canes telling everybody, “Come to see our bobcats.”

100 thoughts on “We Share Our Home With Two Bobcats | BEAST BUDDIES

  1. Bobcats are wild! They shouldn’t be pets. I know these guys can’t be released back into the wild but really they shouldn’t be pets. I wrote this before finishing the video so forgive me if they’re, like rescues who are too badly hurt to be wild again but yeah.

  2. They are sick people it not right to have wild animals it not fare to the Bobcats. I bet when they get too much to handle and really hurt
    someone they just let them go. They should be charge with cruelty to animals

  3. “I’ve never own one that when we walk in the door from even being gone for two hours they are so excited to see you” my dog goes crazy excited when I leave for 5 minutes.

  4. as long as they are treated with all respect and well taken care of its fine to keep them as “pets”

  5. I miss my bob cat Exeter he was the best 🙂 and was so loving to my little British Short hair cat Pooky they where best friends 🙂

  6. Me breaking into the house hearing a meow: oh just a cat, they don’t care if I break in

  7. They're beautiful animals and part of the cat family, my elementary and middle school mascot was the bobcat and I think they're used to be more of them in the area around me but I've not seen any. I suspect bears or coyote have taken the population down sadly. I can see why this family tamed two and are keeping them as pets, anything to keep the population up including as pets is a positive in my book!

  8. If you could somehow teach or train them to actually flush the toilet that would be priceless you'd have to make a video of it

  9. Maybe put something that fits into the sink to block them from using it, like one might do with a cutting board in the kitchen

  10. The only time a wild animal should be in captivity is for rehabilitation or because something happened to it where it can't survive on its own. In which case it deserves to be in a wildlife sanctuary not inside someone's house.

  11. They are proper owners! The diet is proper, they probably don't need that much training, and they know exactly what they're talking about!

  12. cute but, it's not a good idea that they associate your hands with playing. although it seems you enjoy the damage to yourself…

  13. You aren’t even supposed to play with normal cats like that so they don’t bite and scratch hard enough to hurt you while they play. So it’s gotta be a real bad idea doing that with bob cats

  14. Hey, when you can afford to house them properly and care for them, then I'm all for exotic pets like this. There are many exotics that don't work as pets no matter how responsible a person is, and some that just shouldn't be in captivity because of being endangered and/or too dangerous. But I have no issue with these people having a couple of bobcats.
    That being said, I have scars all over my hands, arms, legs and stomach from one of my regular house cats. He was feral before we adopted him, so he can be a tad aggressive. Even so, I can only imagine the kinds of scars I'd get from a bobcat.

  15. Cat: who are you?
    Bobcat: Hi I am Bob.
    Cat: why are you here?
    Bobcat: I am your replacement.
    Cat: what!!! How!! Why!!!
    Bobcat: because I can pee in the toilet and you can't.

  16. I need a black bobcat. One that will live 30 years. That way we can be buried together. I love him/her already.

  17. Freind: comes over

    Freind: I got to go to the bathroom

    Them: ok

    Freind: opens door and finds a bobcat peeing in the toilet

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