O’Malley is a male African serval who came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2002. He was just a year old at the time.

Like most, he was deemed a “failed pet.” That’s something we hear far 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’re still very wild cats.  In Africa, they’re 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.

Life at the Sanctuary

O’Malley has lived many years with another male serval named Denali. 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.

We’re so happy we were able to merge these two so they could enjoy companionship of their own kind for life.

How You Can Help

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 being O’Malley’s sponsor parent? Or even a one time donation toward his care would be so helpful.

It’s easy to do using the buttons you’ll find at the top of this page.  Thank you for your compassionate support!