Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Texas, United States
Posted Jan 22, 2013
I recently completed a three month internship at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL (the largest ACCREDITED big cat sanctuary in the world). I worked twelve hours a day five days a week with exotic cats big and small. Servals were the animals that I spent the most time with. At Big Cat Rescue, all of our servals (21) were acquired as former pets. All of the cats were relinquished due to the owner's inability to care for the animal, or the animal's aggression. At BCR it is a NO TOUCH facility, which is a good thing. Out of all of the cats at the sanctuary, the servals are most aggressive.
These cats have super sharp canines, long arms with talon-like claws, a spraying habit which smells disgusting and is much more pungent than your housecat's spray.
These cats have natural aggressive tendencies and are known to attack small children and other pets.
These cats are expensive to care for. They MUST be fed meat, as they are strictly carnivores. They have specialized diets and need constant care and supervision.
These cats are known to tear furniture to shreds.
These cats are EXTREMELY territorial. What's yours will soon be theirs.
These cats are hard to litter train and are unreliable about going in the box.
The list goes on...
They are beautiful creatures
ADORABLE kittens....which will turn into adults! so that's only a pro for a short time.
Just by simply looking at the amount of cons to pros will tell you all you need to know. There is no reason to get a serval to be your pet. If you like the look, there are breeds of domestic cats that look similar but do not have wild behaviors. All of these cats are cute as kittens and although you may think they can bond to you, once they reach sexual maturity they no longer want anything to do with humans.
If you want to know the truth about servals, you can visit any ACCREDITED sanctuary website to learn about the pet trade and the real characteristics of these cats.