TIGERS: WHY THEY MAKE BAD PETS.
Think having a tiger as a pet is cool? Well think again. Big cats like tigers make VERY bad pets, and I’m going to list a few reasons why. So sit back, relax, and pay attention.
- Feeding a tiger requires much more than just pouring catnip into a bowl. A tiger can eat enough meat that costs you tens of thousands of dollars each year, and that’s only for food.
- Tigers spray their urine to mark their territory, and a lot of it. This is a natural behavior they have and it is unpreventable. When buying a tiger as a pet be prepared to have a house full of nasty-smelling urine. Your pet tiger might even spray it’s urine on you to mark you as their territory. Even after cleaning all the urine, it can still leave your house smelling awful.
- Sure, tigers can be loving and affectionate at times, but that doesn’t mean they can’t turn on you anytime. There has been stories of circus trainers training the same tigers almost everyday for years and ended up getting mauled
- Tigers need around 450 mi^2 of space and keeping them in your home is no different than keeping them in a small cage, even if your home is a bit bigger, it still feels like a prison to them.
- They also need that space to exercise. And a tiger who does not exercise will grow to be an unhealthy tiger and will also end up being bored constantly.
- There are more tigers kept as house pets than there are in the wild in the US (around 10,000-20,000 estimated tigers kept in homes. Only 3,000 in the wild). They’re top of the food chain and keep the rate of deers, antelope, pigs, water buffalos, ect. at a balanced rate. Not to mention they’re endangered species and keeping them as pets does nothing to help them. Without these tigers in the wild there is a chance that their prey can overpopulate.
- Do you even realize the amount of people who wanted to give back their pet tigers after keeping them for even a short period of time because they quickly realized how much work and money it takes to care for a wild animal like a tiger?
- Not to mention the amount of stories of “pet” tigers attacking and sometimes even killing their owners?
- Even if you buy a cub, that cub will still grow up to be an adult tiger and will need to meet the requirements that an adult tiger needs. If you do not give your “pet” tiger it’s full requirements and needs then that would be counted as neglection. Most tiger owners neglect their tigers because they fail to give them what they need.
And there you have it. Tigers never have and never will make good pets and will never be domesticated. If you really want a pet then please visit your local animal shelter and adopt a dog, a cat, or any other domestic animal.
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