do you think owning a serval should be a popular choice? current laws guidlines an permits makes it almost impossible to own one, do you think they should loosen up a little on the serval and caracal? they are basically just larger house cats with more training an knowledge involved, i personally would be happy as long as people get "hours" n learning an handleing them an show suffienct knowledge about them an finanicly suficient... (excuse the bad typing)
They are wild animals and need to be left in the wild. They are wild animals and not like larger house cats. They haven't been demestcated (sp. They ARE wild and i hink it is VERY VERY wrong to own a wild animal as a pet.
They are not just "big housecats". They can make wonderful companions, as many do and many owners can attest to that, but they are not for someone who just wants one because it's the cool glamour pet to have.
There are two states that are lenient on exotic cat ownership, and unfortunately they seem to be too lenient. Loosening up the laws would allow even more irresponsible owners to have these animals. Unless you're willing to pay a fortune in buying the animal, feeding the animal, and keeping it healthy (exotic vets aren't easy to find nor are they cheap), housing the animal in the proper caging, providing extensive training everyday, giving the animal the proper enrichment, keeping the animal under control and out of trouble...this and more...don't get the cat.
They can be wonderful animals, but they can also be the worst idea you can imagine if you haven't worked with them. Many permits require a minimum of 2000 hours of working with a licensed individual around these cats before even being approved for thinking about buying one legally. It's a huge commitment, much too large for the average person.
Again, they are NOT just large housecats, especially not larger cats like Caracals.
Not only are servals wild cats they are endangered because of the PET and fur trades. We need to concentrate on saving them in the wild and not trying to own them as pets. They are also destructive, solitary animals. They do not need you in their life and they will 'kill' your furniture.
I would say to leave them in the wild but if you were going to own one I would make that your full time job. Me personally I would love a big cat but I don't have the time for one so that would be bad, and I think that is the reason why they have such strict laws on owning them because they don't want them to fall in the wrong hands. Just look at the way some people( and I mean the ones you here bad things about) raise their pets now.