Caracal or steppe lynx is a domesticated species of wild cat. Translated from Turkic caracal means “Black Ear”, the ears really is one of the external features of the species. Since ancient times, caracals lived together with humans, in the east and in India, caracals were used both for hunting and as pets. Although caracals are classified as small lynxes, they look more like small cougars and even lions.
Description of the breed and external features.
Caracals are large domestic cat, the weight of males can reach 25–28 kg, females up to 15-17 kg. There are instances that are heavier, but this is due to malnutrition and obesity in the animal, since caracals are prone to gaining excess weight and proper nutrition is the key to their health. The body of the caracal is massive on powerful legs of medium length. The tail is short, massive. Caracals are excellent jumpers and are able to jump to a height far exceeding the length of their body. The color of the caracal varies from ginger to gray, there is also very rare black caracal. The coat is dense, stiff, like a dog’s. The claws of the caracals have an interesting feature – they can be extended for a better grip on the hunt. One of the unique features of caracals is their ears, they are not only have black colored, but also have woolen tassels at the tips. In the wild, caracals use them to camouflage in tall grass. Caracals make quite unusual sounds, not like the sounds of domestic cats – they “tweet” like birds, in the wild such sounds help them to lure birds. Despite the mass of caracals they are very mobile sharp and moving cats, easily jump on tall objects, Furniture, able to jump low fences. Therefore, it is wise to approach the organization of housing for them.
Caracals are heat-loving cats, more active in summer than in winter. With the onset of cold weather, they try to spend less time on the street and love cozy warm sunbeds and rugs. Caracals are more active at night, but living with humans they adapt to their rhythm and try to sleep at night and be active in the daytime. Caracals are very smart cats, get along easily with other pets, cats and dogs, are capable of learning and training. Caracals love to walk on a leash, play ball, are able to open doors. Caracal girls are very affectionate, have a good disposition and are not much different in behavior from an ordinary cat, boys have a more ardent disposition and a stronger character, timely castration solves this problem and boys, like girls, are of good character. Caracals are clean animals, they do not like to live in a dirty room and take care of their hygiene. Almost no specific odor. Adult cats and cats can mark, however, their marks do not emit unpleasant odor. Caracal wool isn’t have seasonal molt and is hypoallergenic.
Maintenance and care
Since caracals are quite large pets, the sizes are comparable to a medium-sized dog such as a Labrador or Doberman, we recommend keeping caracals in a private house. To create the most comfortable conditions for caracals, they must have own territory, room or part of the room in the house. They also need a place for walking, an open-air enclosure . Caracal needs constant access to fresh air in summer and winter. The enclosure should be light, spacious, the outdoor enclosure needs a high fence, more than 3 meters high. We do not recommend the maintenance of caracals in apartments, this is due to both the need for access to open fresh air walking and the size of the caracal. Choosing a caracal for pets, you should be aware that such a large animal can inadvertently harm your apartment and your personal belongings. Caracals love to be the center of attention, they love games and praise, they love to sleep with their owners on the bed. Caracals easily get along and play with children, will become their best friends. Caracal are cats with very good, health. It is necessary to regularly cut the claws of the animal with a claw point, we strongly do not recommend claw removal surgery. Vaccination of caracals should be carried out once a year.
The main element in caracal nutrition is fresh raw meat. Caracals love chicken, quail, rabbit, coypu, and wildfowl. Never feed your caracal with pork, fatty meat, milk, fish with bones. It is very important that the meat that you give is fresh, always have meat on the bone in the diet, this is necessary to obtain the optimal amount of calcium and vitamins. Caracals can eat meat, either sliced or whole, such as quails or chickens. It is permissible to use “live” feed in the diet. Caracal vitamins for wild cats should be given regularly; we use vitamins for wild cats made in the USA and Europe. You should feed the caracal 2 times a day in the winter, in the summer you can switch to a one-time dense meal. Once a month, cats should have a “hungry day.”
– Never overfeed caracals, as they tend to gain weight.
– Never give caracals sweets and thermally processed foods.
– Never feed caracal with pork and fatty meat.
For caracal kittens we recommend using quail meat. As you grow older, you can add other types of meat to the diet.
In our cattery you can buy caracal kittens. Kittens from our cattery are fully socialized, accustomed to the tray and games. We will redistribute the kittens to new parents with all the necessary documents, vaccinations and anthelmintic treatment. You can be sure that you are buying healthy kittens that are ready for life with humans. We will be glad to see you among our customers.