Meet Our Kentucky Wildcats!
Bob and Apache
Bob and Apache were raised as indoor house pets. Both have been neutered and have nor will they ever live in the wild. They could not survive without hunting skills and a strong fear of humans, dogs, and everything associated with living around people. Bob came to us first. His name was "Skeeter," and he was purchased as a Lynx. He had played rough as a kitten and everyone thought it cute until he got some size on him and meant business! What used to be a game of "tug of war," became out and out war! Several were sent to the hospital as this boy matured. He had escaped his enclosure several times and his owners did not want to deal with him anymore.
Skeeter's name was changed to "Bob," because of his cute tail. He was with us about a year when we got Apache. Both three years old, both neutered. Both had been housecats. It was risky but we decided to try them together. They had been living side by side for several months.
The day came when we decided to open the adjoining gates. Bob went through first. Slow but confident. Apache hovered in the back of his den, shy and timid. We didn't know what would happen next. Bob made his way to Apache's den, circled it, then lowered himself to the ground, rolled over, and started purring! Apache stepped into the open, watching Bob carefully. Very gently, he laid down next to Bob, and began purring too! From that moment on, these two cats have been the best of friends. They have never hissed or grown intolerant of one another. They sleep together, eat from the same bowl and are a match made in heaven!
Did you know?
A collective group of Bobcats is called a clutter or a clowder.
Males are called torns.
Females are called queens.
Baby bobcats are called kittens.
Usually solitary and territorial animals, females never share territory with each other. Male territories, however, tend to overlap. Territories are established with scent markings and territory sizes are extremely varied – generally 25-30 square miles for males and about five square miles for females.
Approximately 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats remain in the wild.