American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Ownership of Non-Domestic Felids Position Statement

2009 Ownership of Non-Domestic Felids

Download - Full Position Statement on Ownership of Non-Domestic Felids

By definition, non-domestic felids are wild, exotic and untamed. Wild and exotic cats are dangerous animals and only trained, regulated, and qualified professionals with facilities to meet the welfare needs of these cats should keep them.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners supports and encourages federal, state, and local ordinances and laws which prohibit the importation and ownership of non-domestic felids by individuals.

The position statement above also contains:

  • Public Safety Considerations
  • Welfare Considerations

Submitted by:
Rachel Addleman DVM, ABVP (Feline)
Bill Folger DVM, MS, ABVP (Feline)
Vicki Thayer DVM, ABVP (Feline)