A TIGER IN MY LIVING ROOM

If I have a Pet cat, can I as well have a pet tiger?

Tigers and cats are pretty much the same. Part of the feline family, beautiful shiny fur, elegant walk, with an imminent enigmatic beauty, gorgeous piercing eyes, they even have the same bone and muscular structure. So why can’t I have a tiger as a pet instead of a cat? Cats and tiger, as well as other felines, even share 95.6 percent of their DNA. That is according to an international team of scientists on the Christian Science Monitor website.

Sure cats are more convenience in size, but didn’t we as a society established that size does not matter? But let’s be more specific: First, a cat’s average weight goes from 7.9 to 9.9 lbs. while on the other hand, the tiger’s weight goes from 200-670 lbs. I have to admit that this is quite a difference in weight. Then, there is the litter box. I don’t think that there is a litter box that will hold the tones of feces from a feline of that magnitude. I can put a litter box in a corner for a cat, but I would have to get a box that is at least over 20sq feet or a huge backyard. However; there are also another, not so remarkable, differences between cats and tigers. Like the way, they mark their territory. Cats use individual scent thru glands in their faces, tails, and paw pads, in contrast to tigers, who release their scent by tree scratching.

Cats use their premolars and molars for chewing, Tigers, however, uses their molar for tearing and chewing.  Cats have longer necks and their hearing range is different too. Cats can hear up to .045 kHz – 64 kHz. Tiger hearing rage is between 0.2 kHz – 65 kHz. But these last characteristics are the minuscular difference that won’t alter the intention of having a tiger as a pet. However; the more I do researches and read about cats and tiger the more in doubt I get on the idea of getting a pet tiger.

For instance; one of my favorite thing about a cat is their purring. That calm, relaxing, lovely purring sound. On the contrary and according to Purr-Wikipedia tigers cannot purr, instead, they make another type of sound when they are happy or they roar which is about 114 decibels which can be heard up to 2 miles, I would probably turn deaf after the first roar. In addition, considering the amount of food that a tiger would eat versus the amount of food a cat eats, I would probably be broke in a week. That might be something to think about, because according to Diet, Feeding and Nutritional Care of Captive Tigers website, stated that various studies have estimated that a tiger could eat up to 25 pounds of meat a day which is an average 7 % of their body weight or up to a 100 pounds in one day. That is a lot of tons of meat. My cat barely eats about half a cup 3 times a day of dry food. That been said, I have now to consider all the facts.

Interestingly, as I completed my research to answer my own question and as I have found all the similarities between a cat and a tiger; I am asking myself, what is wrong with the pet I already have? While a tiger will be big, loud and expensive to support, a cat is smaller, quieter and more affordable and yet they share 96% of their similarities. Consequently; I came to the conclusion that I already have a tiger in my living room.

My cat Emry’s with my daughter’s Tiggy which is not a Tiger but a Cheetah.

“Be grateful for what you have (a cat) and be careful of what you wish for (a tiger).                                                                                                                                                                                                               Chinese proverb.

Diet, Feeding and Nutritional Care of Captive:  Tigers https://www.2ndchance.info/bigcatdiet.htm

National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.org

Purr- Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purr