Long Tail and No Tail arrived at Catty Shack Ranch on January 19, 2001. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission confiscated them both from a private owner. They are not siblings and veterinarians suspected they were about a year old at the time.
Long Tail is considered to be of the Florida panther subspecies. Compared with our other pumas, she is smaller and darker and her face shape is different. No Tail’s appearance is similar. The size and coloration difference reflects their prey and habitat in the wild. Florida panthers’ largest prey is a Key deer – much smaller than the elk or moose that may be hunted by pumas out west. Florida panthers’ native habitat is warmer and more humid, leading to a darker coat color.
The puma’s native range spans from British Columbia to Argentina. Across this far-reaching territory, the cats are referenced by many different names – puma, panther, cougar, mountain lion, catamount, painter and more. The name you give this animal often reflects where you or your family come from.
Visitors to the Ranch are treated to a variety of sounds that Long Tail and the other pumas make. As members of the small cat family, they do purr. They also hiss (and spit), whistle, snarl, growl, and yowl. They can make a blood-curdling shrill scream – sounding like a woman in pain.
Long Tail and No Tail are more elusive than our other pumas, often resting in their den boxes until close to dusk (and feeding time!). They tolerate each other’s company, often times choosing to share the same den. Like most wild animals, that tolerance disappears at dinner time, each cat making her meal quickly disappear.
Long Tail enjoys a healthy diet of raw meat with vitamins and supplements appropriate to her species, age, and current health condition. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.
Rescued: January 19, 2001
Classification: Puma concolor (or cougar)