Exotic cats range in price from a $900.00 Bobcat to a $7500.00 tiger cub. Most of the mid size cats, like Servals and Caracals cost $1700.00 to $2800.00 and Ocelots can run as high as $15,000.00. Prices for lions range from 5,000 USD for an adolescent lioness, to a whooping 140,000 USD for a rare white lion cub.
Keep in mind also that the setup cost for owning a lion is over $100,000.00 and the annual care is over $10,000.00. That’s if you have no emergencies and no one gets hurt and sues you for millions.
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If you feel this is affordable, remember also that 98% of the exotic animals bought as pets die in the first two years of ownership. This fact alone should persuade you that buying such an animal is normally a financial disaster as well as socially and ethically indefensible.
Big cats such as lions and tigers are awe-inspiring, beautiful animals. People are often intrigued by keeping big wildcat species as pets, but what kind of pets do tigers, lions, bobcats, and other big cats make?
Many people keep big cats like bobcats, tigers, and lions as pets. Tigers and lions are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to purchase as pets. While import and interstate trade are prohibited, they are available in many states from captive breeders. This means it is possible to own a large and powerful carnivore whether or not you are equipped to properly care for them.
Purchasing Your Big Cat
If owning a big cat still intrigues you, you must consider a few factors before meeting with a reputable breeder.
Keeping wild cats such as tigers, lion, bobcats, and cougars may be illegal where you live (either under local laws or by wider regulations).
You will need a veterinarian that is willing to treat your animal, and it is difficult to find one.
The future for many big cats is a life of neglect and even abuse when their owners cannot handle them anymore. Deciding to own a big cat is taking on a high level of responsibility for these animals, one that most people find overwhelming after the first couple of years.