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the Cane cat – the predatory mammal of the cat family living in the regions of Asia and Transcaucasia. It meets and in the territory of Mongolia, China, India and North Africa. The origin of breed of a cane cat has deep roots, still ancient Egyptians used these animals on hunting and at home that found reflection in other name of breed – a cat a house (a domestic cat).
Обитают cane cats in impassable thickets on coast of reservoirs, being excellent swimmers. They are very thermophilic and love secluded places. Mountains, snow and open spaces to them not on temper.
This medium-sized graceful animal whose sizes are from 60 to 100 cm in length and to 50 cm of height in withers and weight fluctuates from 7 to 12 kg. The brushes located on tips of ears make it similar to a lynx thanks to what it has one more name – a marsh lynx.
The animal color generally depends on an area of its distribution: the cats living in areas of Central Asia or North Africa, usually gray-yellow color (thanks to sandstones and thickets of a cane), and are characteristic of their southern Asian relatives red and brown shades. The adult animal, as a rule, has a uniform color with poorly expressed drawing, a tail gray with dark rings and a black tip. Kittens of a cane cat have more expressed drawing, usually they are completely striped. Reed and cane thickets which are chosen for hunting by a wild cane cat do it absolutely imperceptible for enemies.
The description of character of a wild cat should be begun with the fact that a cane cat, as well as any representative cat's – the animal leading a single life. Having excellent hearing and sight, representatives of this breed come for hunting at night. Only it is possible to see the house which is getting out of thickets in search of food as its quantity becomes insufficient in the winter.
The marsh cat eats various small rodents, birds, fish, lizards and snakes. Sometimes cubs of small hoofed animals become its production. Fast and dexterous cats are born hunters , for them it is possible to get behind production on a tree or to catch it in water. In case of attack of larger predators of a cat, not allocated with big physical force, prefer to escape or climb on a tree, easily jumping from a branch on a branch.
Cats usually locate the dwellings near water, but it is obligatory in the dry place. They seldom are engaged in arrangement, preferring the thrown holes of other animals (foxes, badgers or raccoons).
their marriage period begins at the end of February and proceeds till April , being followed by serious fights between the competing males. After gaining the chosen female the loneliness of males is replaced by family life: animals live together and in common care for future posterity, dividing the general production. In May there are kittens whose quantity happens from 2 to 6, sometimes reaching 10 pieces. Each kitten is born the blind person, weighing from 60 to 100 g. They eat mother's milk to 3-month age, and in 5 months begin to get already independently to themselves food, more without needing parents.
Before deciding to get a wild exotic predator, it is necessary to remember that the cane cat in house conditions will never be able to get accustomed, and completely it will be very difficult to tame him. He can live only in nature or specially equipped open-air cages of a certain size. Otherwise the mobility of an animal will be strongly limited, and then he risks to get sick.
Such open-air cage is established on the concrete basis with the wooden flooring covered with the earth with sand not less than 3 m in size ², and is protected with the metal gauze 5 m high In the platform grassy plants are sowed, that conditions of dwelling of a predator were as close as possible to natural. The roof is made of straw, covered with boards with ledges. For a toilet trays with cat's filler are used.
It is easy to tame little 3-month-old kittens, but it is necessary to consider their wild natural character: for small animals there is only one owner, they will only stand all other members of household, treating them watchfully.
Animals need to move much therefore it is the best of all to support them in the country where there are conditions for walks and active games. It is necessary to feed them 1 time a day, weekly arranging 1 fasting day not to allow an animal to gain excess weight. The daily diet includes fast meat (200 g), live mice (2 pieces) or a rat. It is possible to give a little live quail or a chicken, and once a week to indulge fresh fish. Cat's vitamins, calcic mixes and fresh greens are surely added.
It is possible to buy the imparted kitten only in special nurseries or at exhibitions of special cat breeds. The question price – from 3 to 5 thousand dollars.
Several moments which should be considered, making the decision on acquisition of a wild cane cat:
It is necessary to approach a question of acquisition of the wild pet that further the animal did not appear in unacceptable conditions or on the street as a result of rash actions of owners deliberately.