At Supernova, we have a small collection of wild felines. These cats are rare, and not for just anyone - you can't download them anywhere, but sometimes we have a few available for the public, either through the PKC or PUGS. Here you will be able to read about and see some pictures of the different species.
We have a few different species available. They are as follows...
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Our resident Bobcat, Tawny
The bobcat, a North American feline, is the smallest of the four lynx species on average. Its coat varies depending on climate but it is usually tan to grayish-brown with spots and bars - in rare cases melanistic specimen have been found. It's an excellent climber and can swim, though it generally prefers not to.
Bobcats will eat a variety of prey, from rabbits and rodents to birds, fish and insects. It has even been known to hunt animals such as foxes, small dogs and domestic cats, livestock and poultry. Its hunting method varies depending on the prey.
We have found that petz bobcats are very lively and energetic animals that are especially prone to using their claws (so don't put them in a room with any furniture you'd like to remain unscratched!). They enjoy games of all sorts and especially show a strong prey drive towards small animals. It's therefore important to make sure that the bobcat always has access to plenty of heavy duty toys and other forms of enrichment. Fortunately, because it's a relatively small cat, it's possible to use some of our regular toys to entertain it. Even if they might not hold up for long...
As far as diet goes, we recommend to try to emulate the natural diet of the species - a wide variety of different types of small to medium game combined with high quality wet food. Be sure to check out enrichment suggestions below for suitable places to obtain these.
Because the Bobcat can survive in a variety of climates, you don't need to be very concerned with heat or cold for this species. They adapt to most types of enclosures, as long as it's large enough. Our own Bobcat, Tawny, originates from a strain native to warmer climates but he hasn't shown any issues adapting to our colder Nordic climate.
Eurasian lynx (lynx lynx)
An Eurasian lynx
European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris)
The Eurasian lynx is a medium-sized cat - but the largest lynx - males can weigh up to reportedly 45 kg, the size of a small leopard. It is recognized by its powerful, long legs with large paws and bobbed tail. The summer coat is relatively short and reddish while the winter coat is much thicker and of a more greyish shade. The coat pattern is highly variable.
The Eurasian lynx preys on small to fairly large game including hares and rabbits, rodents, foxes, moose and other types of deer. Compared to other species of lynx it eats a larger number of large ungulates.
We have found that the Petz lynx is a surprisingly calm and easy-going animal that seems to adapt well to the captive life. However, it is still a relatively large and powerful animal and as such it's important that it is given proper care, nutrition and enrichment. The cats might be somewhat shy and are generally solitary, but seem to learn to appreciate human companionship.
Our own wildcat, Gwen
The European wildcat was originally found from the UK and Scandinavia to Turkey and the Caucasus mountains - but today it is very rare in many areas and completely extinct in parts of its original habitat. It's of a similar size to a domestic housecat but overall bulkier and with a typical shorter tail. It also has a very thick coat with a typical striped pattern - other subspecies may show a different colour pattern and shade.
European wildcats are mainly solitary animals that prey on a variety of animals including birds, rabbits and rodents. Is hunting methods vary but it uses its claws to hold the prey before deliving fatal bites. In some cases, the cats have been seen hunting in pairs or family groups.
Because the Wildcat is about the size or a regular housecat, we have found that containing them in Petz is not overly difficult. They enjoy many of the same toys as a regular moggie. However, care must be given to their aggressive nature - they rarely enjoy to snuggle the same way a pet cat might - these are hunters!
Taking care of a large, wild and potentially dangerous petz is quite different than caring for a regular catz or dogz - or even your average domestic livestock! These petz require plenty of (secure) room as well as suitable food and toys.
An excellent place for suitable scenery can be downloaded at Mythic Silence: Malevolent. This site also offers manty excellent toys and food items for your wild felines.
Another great place is Gossipin. I can especially recommend the various wild animal plushies, they are very popular with our cats. There are also various enclosures (playscenes) available.