How will you transport your cat to the vet for all of it’s yearly vaccinations, check ups and boo boos? Even a little cat, in it’s squeeze cage isn’t going to fit into your compact car. You will need a van and it has to be in tip top shape because being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, or worse yet, traffic, with a freaked out wild cat in the heat, rain or snow is a nightmare of extreme proportion. Been there, done that and bought the $38,000.00 van to keep it from ever happening again. If you are dealing in small to mid size cats you might find a dependable minivan for $25,000.00. You can’t rely on borrowing one because believe me, when a cat needs emergency veterinary treatment it is always at the most inconvenient times.
Some costs keep reoccurring every year. Good food and vitamins for a mid size cat will run you $7500.00 per year and for a big cat closer to $10,000.00 per year. You have to be able to defrost it for them every day and 15 pounds of bleeding meat in your kitchen every day is a health hazard unto itself. If your cat just gets it’s annual shots and doesn’t need any emergency care your vet bill will be about $127.00 to $250.00 depending on the size of the cat. They have to be vaccinated every year for rabies and all the regular cat diseases. Worming your cat every month, if you do it yourself will cost $145.00 to $160.00 and flea prevention costs $320.00 to $450.00 per year per cat depending on size. You will have to learn a new trick every month for fleas and wormings as the cats hate both and can smell you coming a mile off.
Find out how many people are mauled or killed by their precious wild cat “pets” at http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks/
This is the most frequent email we get from exotic cat owners: “Hey, I’m really in over my head here! I got this thing as an infant. I bottle-raised it. Everything was great. But I can no longer handle this cat. I cannot housebreak it. It tries to attack people. I just don’t know what to do with it.’” This was an actual quote about a serval, but we have had hundreds of similar letters about every kind of exotic cat, including hybrid cats.
We have 60+ cats representing 10 species and more than a quarter of a century of experience in caring for them so our estimates can be trusted as pretty accurate, if not conservative. It is cheaper by the pound for us to buy 17,000 pounds of meat at a time than for you to buy a week’s worth for one cat. People have done it for less, but the cat suffers from nutritional deficiencies or physical and psychological impairment due to lack of space and opportunity to be a cat. If you think these figures are high, just try and cut corners and see how huge your medical and subsequent bills will be.
These agencies will often require you to carry liability insurance and that can run you $1000.00 to $15,000.00 per year depending on your safety record. Most homeowners insurance policies will cancel you if they find out you have an exotic animal and many states are purposely reporting your permit status to the public to make it easier for your insurance carrier to find out. If you have a mortgage on your home, you have to have insurance and may not be able to get it, which means you could be foreclosed.
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. The more rare the cat, the higher the price. Even though it may be a cute and cuddly cub right now, within the year they will reach almost their full size and will be spraying (no matter how young you neuter him or spay her) so you must have some things ready when the cat comes home.
To sum it all up, you can expect to invest almost $25,000.00 your first year into owning a small to midsize wild cat and your annual expenses will cost you around $7500.00. If you want the big cat experience, the setup cost is over $100,000.00 and the annual care is over $10,000.00 IF you have no emergencies and no one gets hurt and sues you for millions of dollars. Everything has a price and this is the price of doing right by the animal. Are you really prepared?
You will need a roof to prevent escapes so consider in your design how you will support it. These are just your first year, start up costs. You will never be able to move with your big cat because the Captive Wildlife Safety Act prohibits moving big exotic pet cats across state lines. Many progressive states are banning the practice of keeping wild cats captive and you could be investing tens of thousands of dollars and then when your pet dies you cannot buy another one.
Statistics show that 98% of the exotic animals bought as pets die in the first 2 years. We have 60+ cats/ 10 species of rescued cats from the pet industry
If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.
5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;
Upgrading to Lion
1. Mac computer with an Intel processor
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You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service – this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax. It’s a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.
6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Apple Store (U.S.) . The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.
Upgrade Paths to Snow Leopard, Lion, and/or Mountain Lion
Question: Q: Where can I buy Snow Leopard? I’m running 10.5.8 on my iMac and want to upgrade to the latest OS but I found that I need to buy Snow Leopard first. Where can I buy it? iMac, Mac