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Author: Kuzmina Anna
Date: 18/08/2013

Caracal (Caracal caracal) - Lynx caracal or Felis caracal. The name of this cat comes from Turkish work "karakalak" that means "a black ear".

buy caracal kittenCaracal – an animal of middle size. Due to appearance it resembles a lynx but its sizes are less: a body of 65-82 cm (up to 85 cm) long, a tail – 25-30 cm, height in shoulders about 45 cm, weight – 16-19 kg. There are larger species, which body length is 88.9-99 cm, length in shoulders – up to 50.8 cm, weight – 20-25 kg.

The short and thick coat caracal due to color varies from color of pulled figs up to brown sandy color, bottom – whitish. Around eyes and outside part of ears – black. Black spots, being absent on the body, are on the neb.

A tail at caracals is much longer than at other representatives of lynxes.

The cubs have small spots, which are left only on the neb at adults. The ears, with switches on the tips, reach 5 cm in length, are set high on the head and stand almost vertically.

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Choosing a kitten

For a kitten to be tame, kind and tender, it should be bought at nurseries of domestic type but not at the establishments of open-air cage type keeping. A caracal kitten shall be in constant contact with a human since the very early age.

buy caracal kitten A caracal kitten may bravely be bought at the age of up to 6 months. A cub, being properly brought up by a human, easily accommodates to a new family.

As it concerns the adaptation, kittens resemble puppies. They are not as sensitive as servals, which should be delivered to the family at the age of 2-3 months. The adaptation to the new environment occurs quickly, caracals are friendly and communicative.

Occurring to a new home, they at once wish to get friends with all, including children and pets.

buy caracal kittenWhile purchasing a caracal, you should at once decide for yourself, whether you buy a kitten for breeding or as a pet.

If as a pet, it should be castrated in time, it is recommended at 3-5 months – otherwise there definitely will be the problems with marks.

If an animal is bought for breeding – be ready that an animal will start marking its territory – both males and females. Do not purchase animals at “resellers”; they often illegally purchase animals at poachers or at zoos, thereby having no official package of documents. And it means that an animal will not be socially adapted, trained to toilet, and, perhaps, ill. Such animals do not categorically suit for the life in the home, especially if there are children in the family.

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The absence or partial absence of necessary documents for purchase, keeping and origin of this species of animals is prohibited by the law. Such animal is subject to exemption.

Remember that Caracal is included into International Red List (Second category) as "threatened species".

It is not worth buying a caracal, if your children are under 5 years or if your child has not learnt to treat animals well yet.

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It is not worth buying a caracal if you have the small living area. It is ideal for a caracal to live in a private house with an attached open-air cage with free access to it. The minimum size of an open-air cage is 15 sq. m, height – 2.5 m.

Feeding of Caracal

Caracal – a rapacious cat and needs the corresponding and special food in order to receive all vital components. There are different variants of food ration for Caracal: hen, beef, poultry (wild fowl), feed mice and rats, rabbit, fish, sometimes raw eggs. As well you can use a high quality food for cats. In no case it is not recommended to feed with raw pork. It may cause to Aujeszky’s disease, which can be very dangerous for a cat. Salt or spices cannot be added into the ration. Take care of diverse and balanced nutrition. It is necessary to introduce vitamins and calcium into the ration of caracal during 3 years.

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Amount of food. Ration

An adult Caracal should every day have the meat in the amount of about 3-5% from own weight. Thus, the daily dose of meat for 10 kg Caracal is 300-500 g. A larger dose may be required to Caracal during growth period. During very hot days the appetite of the cat is not strong, while during the cold season it is much better.

As a rule, it is necessary to have one-two feedings a day. Feeding should not be held everyday at the same time as animals much settle to this time.

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A caracal should sometimes experience the hunger and should not in any case have the constant access to the food as it is used at some owners of cats. The meat should be of room temperature. It is necessary to take away what have not been eaten up. It is also prohibited to leave any possible remains of the food. It is reasonable for adult caracals to arrange one day of complete starvation each 8-14 days.

Feeding the kittens

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Feeding the kittens

To bring up a healthy, strong and human-friendly caracal kitten, you need to invest a lot of time, patience and knowledge into this process.

The kitten’s health depends on the quality of milk consumed. It should contain all the required supplements of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, the milk should be at the right temperature in accordance with the kitten’s age. Amount of serving is important as well.

If you do not follow these rules, the kitten will grow up with the signs of rickets, gastrointestinal and other diseases, which subsequently can lead to its death. Therefore, it is important to lay the foundations for its good health and development from a very young age.

Tummy massage

Why do people massage serval and caracal kittens’ tummy since childhood?

Due to the fact that kittens are fed with a premix, and a mother-cat does not have an opportunity to lick the kitten’s tummy, this role must be performed by the human mother. By massaging baby kitten's tummy as often as possible, we help the kitten to empty its intestines as well as pass gases properly and regularly. This procedure is of great help to the kitten. Besides, this process helps to establish contact between a human and the kitten; the baby kitten completely trusts the human, relaxes and often falls asleep in his arms. I like this process and get great pleasure from it. When the kitten is falling asleep, I try to postpone everything and sit nearby keeping his dream.

Kitten stimulation and why it is necessary

The main task of a responsible breeder is to raise a healthy and affectionate kitten, who loves people. To do this, you must not lose time and take it away from its cat-mother at the right time, start feeding it with the proper quality milk every two hours gradually increasing the intervals.

During this period, kittens cannot even urinate and defecate on their own. They should be taught to do it by their breeder as their human mother. Only when kittens are one month old, they first begin to urinate, and then to defecate on their own. Up to this point, it is necessary to stimulate kittens. The video shows an example of kitten stimulation.

The nature and behavior

buy caracal kittenCaracals are very clever, playful and kind animals. They should be brought up since the very childhood.

Playing with a Caracal – it is both the communication and education at the same time. Hunting games with a pendent and a ball are always favorite ones. The classes can be as long as they are interesting to Caracal.

They like bathing, running after a ball, taking it to you, walk well on the leash.

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They resemble dogs due to character in games but thereby they have the cat’s gracefulness. When caracals are tired of running – they breathe hard with the open mouth as a dog.

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Video "Caracal in the family"

They very beautifully and tenderly twitter, rumble and smooch! Caracals go to toilet to a litter box, thereby leaving the excrements on the surface of absorbent and not digging them as domestic cats.

Socialization of kittens from birth

Let me tell you a little about the need for early communication of a kitten with people.

It is better to be in contact with them from the first days of their life, if possible. However, if the mother-cat does not admit you to kittens, then you can start upon transfer of a kitten to the premix (feeding with milk from a bottle by the human). On average, it happens on the 10th day of life (2-3 days less or more). From that moment, the human mother takes full responsibility for the life of a kitten: she is feeding it, massaging the tummy, stimulating the emptying, carries it in her arms, and teaches. And all is done round the clock, seven days a week! By the 4th week of life, it will get easier, since the night feeding interval becomes longer, and you can sleep for about 6 hours.

Our kids can feed kittens, too. This is very helpful when there are a lot of kittens in a litter or multiple litters. Having prepared the right amount of milk at the right temperature, my children and I are simultaneously feeding several kittens. It is also very important that our children are very helpful in the socialization of kittens; they also know how to handle them properly when they are young. Therefore, by the time of transferring kittens to a customer, they are not afraid of people, but rather trust, love and always follow them. Proper socialization of kittens from an early age is the basic thing, without which it is impossible to grow a caracal or a serval, who would love and would not be afraid of people.

With other animals

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Caracals live well with other animals, especially if they were grown together.

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Games and toys

buy caracal kittenIt is necessary to watch that the toys would not be dangerous to health of animal. Most usual cat’s toys are not suitable for Caracal; they are very small and fragile for them. Plastic and foam balls are also dangerous as their parts may be swallowed. It’s better to take hard natural toys for dogs.

One rule is valid for all games: the toys are given for some time and then they are hidden – otherwise they lose the interest to them.

Caracals are very curious and thus they are always glad if something new appears for study.

The old toys will again become interesting in a few days. It will always like a potato, apple, a plastic bottle. You can play with caracal using only the toys but not a hand or leg. Hands are only for petting!


How caracals talk

They may be growling, meowing, chirping, hissing, or purring. They can also lick like dogs.

They communicate with people by showing the habits of cats and dogs at the same time. Therefore, caracal suits both cat and dog lovers. Also, you need to consider the size of a caracal. They are averaging just below or just above the knee height, weighting from16 to 23 kg (they may be heavier due to overfeeding). We do not recommend keeping a caracal (and a serval) in an apartment. A spacious house with the possibility of constructing a cage for free walking is more suitable for them. Before purchasing such a kitten, you need to learn everything about it, talk to breeders, consider pros and cons of the choice (it is important that the breeder tells not only advantages but also disadvantages of keeping such animals). The final step can be making a conscious decision of buying such a pet.

We in the media

ТСН, UA - Кошеня вартістю з автомобіль. Канал "1+1" - февраль, 2019

TSN on the "1+1" channel dated by 16/02/2019. The episode tells about our VIPLEO® nursery in Kyiv and our graduate, a caracal, who now lives in Kharkiv. Another serval in the episode, which is told about by another person, is not our graduate. It was bought from another vendor.

In general, I am quite satisfied with the issue. It was made brief and without rose-tinted glasses. The shooting process was very smooth, long and covered a lot of interesting things. Naturally, not all interesting shots can be included in the news program. One can shoot these cats and tell about them for hours, but the air time is limited, unfortunately... I would like to thank the "1+1" channel and journalists for filming!

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