Woman desperately searching to find her lost pet bobcat

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In Arnold, Missouri, a Jefferson County family is desperately searching the area to find their pet bobcat named Artemis. The 35-pound treasured feline escaped a few weeks ago, and the woman posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone has spotted her.

“I miss my girl terribly,” the owner told media News4, “If anyone spots her please call of text me. If she is seen, it will be easy to tell she is not a local, wild bobcat.”

Artemis has been a family pet for more than six years and was purchased from a breeder in Montana. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is legal to keep a bobcat as a pet with certain provisions. An owner must have a permission to have one; either with a breeding or a hobby permit. There are different requirements, but both require the animal to be kept in a confined area. According to Missouri code, a bobcat is not allowed to freely roam in a home.

The code also specifies the area where the wild animal is kept must be inspected once a year by the Department of Conservation. At this time, investigators are trying to determine if the owners have a permit.

“She is not a danger to people or pets, but she is very skittish,” the owner stated. “She has been raised around dogs and cats, but if she is cornered by an aggressive dog or person, she may try to bite.”

Artemis has been declawed, and investigators ask anyone who spots the animal just call the conservation agents at 314.954.5697 or the police department at 636.296.3204. Saving St. Louis Pets on Facebook is also trying to help out, and warns people there are many bobcats in the area and not to approach any of them – please call for assistance.

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10 replies
  1. SLV says:

    I’m sorry but a bobcat is a wild animal and should be in the wild not living as someone’s “pet”. Instinct probably made her run away. She wants to be in the wild.

  2. Cynthia Como says:

    This is terrible! I will always feel that these type of animals should NOT be pets,I think it’s cruel! This poor cat is in very real danger,it can’t really take care of its self because it’s needs were attended to by humans,not to mention that it’s declawed! I hope and pray that this cat is quickly located for its sake and other animals sake!

  3. pamela bolton says:

    There will be some SUB HUMAN that will shoot it if seen. I pray she makes it home ok but knowing HUMANS it is highly unlikely. Please come home safe Artemis..

  4. Helen says:

    Declawing a cat is cruel. This bobcat can not protect herself nor can she hunt. It’s unlikely she can survive by herself. I pray for her safe return, even though, I don’t believe wild animals should be bred and sold as pets. These animals belong in their natural habitat, not in someone’s living room.

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    I hope these people have their “permit” in order. This poor cat won’t be able to survive in the wild, and is in danger of being hurt or killed. I hope and pray they find her.


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