Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bobcats, Bobcats, Bobcats Abound!

Meet Moses (l) and Otis (r)!
In keeping with this week's theme--bobcats, bobcats, bobcats--we'd like to introduce you to Moses and Otis! Moses and Otis are two very adorable bobcats who have been living together for the last four years at In-Sync Exotics.

Let's meet our handsome boys -

Like Naomi, Moses was a wild-born kitten discovered by some people when he was about a week old.  He was found next to a creek that ran along their property. Since he was soaking wet and the water level was high due to heavy rainfall, they assumed he had been washed down the creek.

Hello Moses!
They took him in and called a local wildlife organization who advised them to take him back to the creek and place him in a carrier with the door open in hopes that his mother would return for her kitten. Unfortunately, the reunion never took place as the well-meaning people took him to the creek during the day and brought him back in their house at night to sleep in their bed. Since bobcats are nocturnal, the mama cat never came for him and the little kitten formed a bond with his new parents. After about a week of failed attempts to reunite the kitten with his mother, they contacted the wildlife organization who instructed them to take the kitten to a wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator treated him for worms, coccidia and dehydration, but due to lack of space and prior commitments turned him over to a second rehabilitator.

The second rehabilitator worked with the kitten for months. She did everything she could think of to bring out his wild side, but to no avail. No matter how hard she tried to scare him, this sweet, little guy just kept purring.

The kitten trusted people....a death sentence for a bobcat living in the wild. On January 28, 2007, the rehabilitator gave the 9-month old bobcat kitten to In-Sync Exotics, knowing he would be surrounded by loving, nurturing people. Appropriately enough, we named him Moses.

Hello Otis!
Otis' story is a bit different.  He wasn't found as a wild kitten by well-intentioned people, instead Otis was illegally raised as a pet by a couple living in a Dallas condominium.  Since the couple did not know how to litter train or discipline their baby bobcat, Otis became increasing difficult to handle and needed to be re-homed.

So on June 15, 2008, the couple brought 2-year old Otis to our sanctuary for permanent placement.  It has taken Otis quite a while  to adjust to his new caretakers.  However, Otis and Moses bonded pretty quick, becoming fast-friends in record time!

Moses and Otis are inseparable, playing ball or enjoying their weekly enrichment together. We often see our two boys, beating the hot Texas summer heat, lounging on their platforms high up in the sky or in their building together!

Ever wonder how we can tell our handsome boys apart?  Well, Otis has large spots on his body, while Moses' spots are much smaller!

Lynxes Duchess and Trooper
So what's the difference between our bobcats and our lynxes anyway?  Well, our Lynxes are long and lanky with large "snowshoe" paws. They have very light spots - hardly noticeable. Our bobcats, on the other hand, are more recognizable as a cat. Ears are tufted, like the lynx, but they are quite spotted on the back and belly. Bobcats ranges in color from honey orange to smoky blue and his belly is white. This really makes their spots stand out. Both our bobcats and lynxes have “beards”. Oh, and as you may have noticed, both our bobcats and lynxes are pretty laid back in temperament!

Update on Neffi and Jasper!

Speaking of temperament, yesterday Neffi and Jasper interact for the very first time together!  It took some doing, but we were able to encourage Neffi to venture inside the building where Jasper was sleeping.  For about 15 minutes the two interacted--there were no hissing or fighting, which is a really great sign!  Jasper, the younger of two, was rather rambunctious, and we think he may have been a little too much for Neffi, as she was seen running out of the building.  We are hoping Jasper will reciprocate by venturing outside so he can interact with Neffi once again.  Baby steps, folks, baby steps...

We hope you enjoyed today's blog posting and will join us again tomorrow for more news and updates on our wild ones!  Don't forget to let us know your reaction to this posting by clicking on one of the reaction buttons below--and share this blog posting with others please ~ Thank you!



  1. Just wanted to say that I read this blog every day and appreciate the time and effort I know it takes to keep it fresh! Job well done!

  2. Thank you very much, Sheila, for your kind words! It's a pleasure and a privilege to create fresh blog postings each week (Mon-Fri)on our favorite topic, the animals of In-Sync Exotics!

    We are always looking for great story ideas, so if you or our readers have a topic that you think should be covered, please let us know via email (

    Again, thank you for your comments and for being a loyal Cat Tales' blog reader, Sheila!

  3. It's so helpful to read such an indepth story about the cats. As a volunteer, I have read the materials on the InSync website and heard bits and pieces of stories from other volunteers, but I have never seen such a thorough indepth bio. Thank you for your continued dedication to writing this blog.

    1. Thank you, Janis! We try to bring in fresh new material for readers (and volunteers), like yourself, each week! If you happen to have a story idea, we'd love to hear from you!

      Again, thank you Janis for your kind words and for being a loyal Cat Tales' blog reader!