Q: Illegal Exotic cat breeds

October 4, 2008 | By Bolitochrome | 1 answer | Expired: 2668 days ago

I live in Nebraska and I was wondering why my state and others have banned owning exotic cat breeds like some Bengals? Here is a link to the exact legislation for my state:

These cats don't appear to be any more aggressive than other breeds...

Readers' Answers (1)
Michele Z.

Oct 05, 2008

I don't know all the reasons, but some reasons are that "exotics" may be dangerous to humans and/or animals, carry diseases which might be transmittable to domestic animals and/or humans, could threaten native species if they escape or are let loose, and usually/always require special care that the "owners" often are not aware of.

Some (many?) exotic owners do not realize what they are getting into when they get one of these as a baby--and later cannot handle the adult versions. Where are these exotic "throwaways" supposed to go? There is a big enough problem trying to deal with domestic animals--pets--being treated as "disposable"; we don't need to add exotics to the list.

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