O’Malley, an African serval, came to the sanctuary as a failed pet, something we hear all too often with wild exotic cats. A family in Minnetonka actually bought him from a roadside zoo with the intention of keeping him as a pet.
Though servals might be smaller cats, they are still very wild cats. In Africa, they are one of the most successful hunters of all the cat species. This is definitely not a cat to be kept as a pet, as the family soon found out. O’Malley didn’t have the habits of a domestic cat. Specifically, he did not use a litter box and began urinating throughout the house. The smell of domestic cat urine is one thing but that of wild cats is something even more pungent indeed! O’Malley also started showing aggression to one of the owners. The family contacted The Wildcat Sanctuary and chose to surrender him for lifelong care to us.
O’Malley currently lives with Denali, another male serval. Both are very large males that like to compete at feeding time. But after feeding time, they curl up on their own perches and take long afternoon naps.
When we agree to rescue a cat, either through seizure or surrender, we incur the lifelong expenses for the care of the cat. It’s sad but few owners ever contribute after they’ve given up their cats.
This is why our sponsorship program is so important. Would you consider helping by sponsoring O’Malley either for yourself or in honor of someone?
Your help would mean so much!