I don’t know who needs to hear this but caracals aren’t house cats and just because you enjoy floppa memes on Instagram, doesn’t mean that you should own one or even not question how the videos you’re watching got made. A lot of these wild felines get bred in horrible conditions and then declawed so they can be sold, just for your entertainment, and with the rise of the popularity of these species I’m worried at how little this is being questioned.
To own a caracal, it is a legal requirement that you declaw them, which means you’re essentially removing a huge chunk of their fingers.
“All cats — large and small — are built exactly the same, with identical proportions, and they’re built to carry about 60% of their weight on their front paws. A 400-lb. tiger puts 240 lb. of weight on his front feet, while a 10-lb. cat puts 6 lbs. on his — but it’s the same 60% of total body weight. It’s no easier for a small cat than a big one to walk on declawed paws.” - (x)
When you look up #caracal on tiktok, tons of videos of these animals being owned as pets come up, all of these accounts with a bunch of likes and followers, and nobody seems to want to question it. Many of these caracals are seemingly overweight, being allowed to roam around smaller house pets (which is dangerous), and from countries such as Russia where exotic animals often get sold with little to no repercussions.
If you truly love this animal, and any other big cats or wild/exotic species, more often than not the best you can do for them is leave them be. Don’t pay thousands of dollars towards an underground industry that exploits and harms these cats and don’t take them away from their rightful homes. When you see videos like these, question how these animals got there and if they’re living as happily as they can and if they’re safe.
Working on coloring this baby today! Liepard is one of those pokemon I never gave much thought to before writing one into Continental Divides, and now I’m smitten. I’ve been having a blast looking at photos of servals–such pretty babies!! Looking forward to spending some time coloring him today. My commissions are open, so if you’re interested in getting a drawing of one of YOUR favorite pokemon, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Caturday Special: Serval, Leptailurus serval - One of #Africa's most #elegant looking cats, the majestic #Serval. Probably best known today for being #bred with #domesticcats to create the #SavannahCat #Breed - I explain why that's #bad!
The serval is a remarkable elegant looking cat, known for its long, lithe limbs and small, pointed head with big ears. Their tails are comparatively short, which would indicate it is more of an ambush than chasing predator. This one is photographed in the Northern Serengheti, Tanzania. (Credit: Vince Smith CC-BY-2.0)
I know it’s later than usual but I would never let a Caturday special pass me…
Sometimes I like to take men’s historical fashion and give it to cute girls who will will take up their swords and go on daring adventures.
They also have faithful animal companions. This girl stole her pants from a sixteenth-century Englishman. Her bodice comes from an nineteenth-century escrimeuse whose entire outfit, honestly, is kind of awesome.
I don’t know much about these two escrimeuses, not even their names. I’m pretty sure they’re rivals though.