Most people may think it is impossible to own a large cat or tiger that is a wild animal. Realistically, it is possible but costly. It involves a lot of space and care. The most common approach is professionals or animal care trainees taking a baby tiger into care to be released into the wild as it grows to be an adult. Bengal tiger cubs are most commonly purchased by those wealthy enough to afford the means to maintain the needs of the growing cub.
Go to the Get Pets Online website and click on the "Buy Exotic" option to look for a posting of baby tigers for sale (see resources). Try other websites such as Big Cat Rescue as well. The search can be one of the most difficult parts of purchasing a baby tiger, so it's also beneficial to create contacts with wildlife preserves and organisations the rescue and shelter big cats.
Be prepared to pay up to £16,250 for the tiger cub. It's important when looking for the baby tiger to purchase to have close to this amount of money ready so that you can start the process of buying the tiger immediately.
Have a veterinarian on call or one who has a contract with you to treat your baby tiger as needed. This is another costly part of buying a baby tiger but is vital before signing a contract to own the baby tiger. The trouble here is finding a vet with the experience required.
Purchase a stainless steel squeeze cage that will be able to hold the maximum weight of your tiger. Keep in mind that you will also need room, at least a van with enough space, for transporting your tiger in the cage to the vet. Some states also have caging requirements, such as having at least five acres to be able to own a big cat.
Obtain the state and federal permits to be able to keep a tiger on your property. Contact your local county courthouse for the paperwork. Also, be prepared to pay up to £130 for your owner's license.
Consider all other costs, such as food, vitamins and toys.
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- Consider all other costs, such as food, vitamins and toys.