We are Chewy’s third and final home.Chewy is a Florida panther/Western Cougar cross born in 1999 he is the oldest of our feline residents. Declawed and neutered, he tends to only do jumping jacks in his mind. Soft ground makes for his walking ease, but we are constantly battling with his weight due to his non want to exercise and he needs the exercise to lose weight. A very vicious circle.
It is important to note that Chewy came to his second owner declawed. The second owner was actually a sanctuary that had to close it’s doors due to the owners poor health. The owner had a contingency plan and we were a part of it for the cats. Chewbaca arrived with Rosie, Sampson and Cheyanne. The second owner rescued Chewy from a confrontational situation where the first owner got Chewy as a kitten, but Chewy soon grew up. And without proper training on both the part of the kitten and the owner it was going to be a recipe for disaster in conflict.
Chewbaca is also a cat that would not do well in a no touch sanctuary as he thrives on human interaction. No touch sanctuaries do have their place, but not everything is cut and dry and each animal needs to be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Prior history of Chewy reveals that he was a result of the Florida Panther re-introduction program. The details are vague, but the source of what we got are reliable.
Western Cougars are a lot bigger in their northern territory. This can be attributed a lot to the prey as the prey and it’s size and abundance dictates the coat, color and size of the predator. Bigger prey means bigger predators. Strong enough to take a human off of a bicycle, they generally are non confrontational, but deforestation and encroachment into their habitat has forced the hand of the Western Cougar. The Eastern cougar is already been declared extinct. We must not only watch and protect our planets species worldwide, but especially in our own backyards! One can only hope that perhaps someone somewhere has been breeding the Eastern Cougar but it is doubtful because the US has strong regulations and bans on captive breeding of native species.