You move so fast like a psychopathic color TV.
With your Christmas bag and your jolly face,
And the reindeer stomping all over the place.
|Me eating ice cream on the sidewalk.|
According to the bastion of information that is Wikipedia, the genus Lynx contains only four living species and a web browser. Meh. Go figure. American readers of The Tickle Closet are probably most familiar with the bobcat; however the lynx comes in Spain-ish(Iberian), Eurasian, and Canadian flavors as well. The Eurasian lynx is the largest of the lynx cousins, and both this and the Canadian varieties are known for their large footpads—perfect for a snowy climate. The bobcat and Iberian lynx are smaller cats that are better suited to more temperate climates.
According to ancient bestiaries (defined here as an awkward-sounding illustrated animal dictionary) buried lynx urine will turn into rubies. Accordingly, the lynx represents a sound investment opportunity, though if you are looking to turn your pet into cold hard cash, current market conditions favor the golden-egg-laying variety of goose.
Lynx are a good choice for pet owners who want the elevated status associated with keeping a wild cat at home, without the safety concerns or space requirements of larger cats. Lynx tend to be intelligent, easy-going creatures and get along well with other household pets, save rabbits—lynx enjoy those raw or with a light lemon-basil reduction.
The Tickle Closet believes the lynx to be an excellent companion for those young singles in a small apartment with other pets. They can be especially useful for attracting females (see: The Lynx Effect).
Cougars are solitary cats. Besides a mother and her cubs, cougars travel alone. They are a secretive species, only seen in the wild when they want to be seen. An animal owner who enjoys spending lots of time with their pet, may not be best suited with a cougar. Also, prospective owners should be sure to know their sleeping habits because cougars are crepuscular.
The best science available suggests that cougars are more closely related to small cats than big. Which means they have the attitude of a kitty in a frame of a full size feline. And although they’re big, they are by no means bulky. Cougars are slender and agile, prime for apartments or townhouses.
One thing that sets cougars apart from the rest of the big cats is their roar. They don’t have one. Cougars hiss, growl, purr, chirp and whistle, but they can’t let it rip like Mufasa. Legend has it that they mimic the sound of a women in distress in order to lure in curious minors.
The cougar is notoriously crafty among the hunting community. Many seasoned woodsman have entered the wilderness to pursue cougar and have found that they themselves are the one being pursued. Most cougar experts agree that the best way to approach a cougar in the wild is to stand tall, look it in the eye, and talk softly. Supposedly, if you can recite lyrics from Jon Bon Jovi rock ballads ... even better.
The Tickle Closet thinks the cougar would make an excellent house cat for young singles who prefer a good deal of autonomy and are most active around dawn and dusk.
The Tickle Closet is beginning a new post series entitled Wild Cat. The purpose of this series is to ponder the question: “Which wild cat makes the best house pet?” Over the next few weeks we will take a collective peek at the advantages and disadvantages of each of the large cats — cougar, jaguar, cheetah, lion, tiger, leopard — as well as the medium cats — featuring the bobcat and lynx — and finally the small cats — featuring the scottish wild cat.
At the end, whichever cat gets the most votes will be given the “Tickle Closet Best Wild Cat House Cat Award.”
Two important rules to keep in mind during this discussion. First, cats are obligate carnivores. Second, you can take the cat out of the wild ... but you can’t do it legally, unless you have a permit, which is hard to come by I imagine.
Expect the first cat in the next few days...