A Couple Adopted a Puma Cub That Couldn’t Live in the Wild

“Hello, this is Sasha and Masha. And this is our puma Messi.” How would you like it if your neighbors said this to you? Well, don’t freak out, we assure you that this wild cat is very well-behaved and the owners are extremely responsible people. And the story of this unusual family can teach us a lot.

We at The Elite Indian believe that the capacity that humans have to make contact and give love is something that can help to blur the line between a wild and a domestic animal. Our hard work and patience are sometimes rewarded with a bond and love from the most unexpected creatures.

Messi and his brothers were born in captivity.

The FIFA World Cup was coming up and all 3 cats that were born at a zoo in Saransk were named after famous soccer players. A short time later, Messi was sold to a zoo in Penza, where he met his future parents Alexander and Marya.

Their love at first sight was stronger than common sense, logic, and any worries. Several days later, the couple asked the owner of the zoo to sell the puma to them… and the owner agreed. However, the couple was informed that the kitten had been prone to getting sick often and required a lot of care and attention.

But this didn’t influence his “parents’” decision. Neither did the fact that a part of the hall in their apartment had to be rebuilt to look like a house with a ladder and a tree for climbing. The doorways were also turned into giant cat scratchers for huge paws. Experts also recommended putting a mirror on one of the walls (so that Messi doesn’t feel lonely). The new owners bought him a lot of toys and treats. In other words, they were super-prepared.

They never even considered returning Messi to the wild.

Messi was a weak kitten: he had chronic cystitis, rickets, and muscle atrophy — and these were just the first problems Alexander and Marya had to encounter. Walking him in the morning and in the evening didn’t help prevent accidental toilet problems until they figured out an alternative for emergencies — the bathtub, a litter box big enough for a cat this size.

It was difficult to walk with him in the beginning because of his illnesses. But after several months of taking vitamins, Messi could walk for 1.5 miles and even jump a little. But there was another problem that he had — a broken paw when he was a kitten.

Messi’s owners continued to increase his walking distance gradually and were happy when they had even the slightest success, until Messi started walking with a limp. It turns out that he had a problem with his hip. So, his parents had to look for someone who could provide a balanced training schedule. But who would agree to work with such an exotic student?

They made dozens of calls to all kinds of trainers and everyone kept saying “no.” But one day, someone said “I’ve worked with lynxes, not with pumas, but let’s give it a try.”

So, Messi had 4 classes a week, both individual and in a group. Obviously, Messi was very different from every other animal. It was hard for him to build a relationship with dogs. But the right attention and a friendly atmosphere were fruitful: the dogs accepted Messi even though he was not like them at all.

Professional training was good not only for Messi’s health, but he and his owners developed a much stronger connection and understanding of each other and Messi became a much more intelligent cat. For example, after looking at the video below, would you believe that he used to go crazy when he saw food?

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Вот прошёл месяц и по нашему мнению прогресс на лицо. Оцените наши успехи, можно по пятибальной шкале😉☺️#пумы#рысик#левик#пумка#pumaconcolor#домашнийзоопарк#домашнийкот#дикаякошка#дикийкот#коткот#домашнийлев#красавчикнаш#моиживотные#шерстка#лапамоя#моськамоя#питомецмой#котяткимои#усатыйкот#говорун#сладусик#homecats#сладкийкотик#котолюбовь#котолюб#инстакотик#инстакотэ#котодень#мурмурмяу#чудокот

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There is actually nothing amazing about how fast Messi the puma developed: he is extremely intelligent. He opens doors and windows himself, he sits down when he knows he did something wrong, and he apologizes.

Messi’s life is not just about orders and lessons.

Cats are still cats, no matter their size, which is why this is what happens to all the boxes in the house.

Just like smaller felines, Messi loves playing with something round. But instead of balls of yarn, he prefers bigger objects, like watermelons and pumpkins.

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Сколько счастья у Месси, когда ему купили его собственный арбуз🍉🤪 Наигрался вдоволь, сделал все максимально аккуратно, позволив избежать гипер-генеральной уборки😅 How many happiness at Messi when him bought his own watermelon🍉🤪 полную версию смотрите на нашем канале YouTube✌🏻 #myanimals#mycats#пума#myanimal#мойкот#люблюживотных#вмиреживотных#рысь#мяу#мур#bigcat#bigcats#питомец#sweetcat#animalplanet#pumas#пушистик#мокрыйнос#месси#мурлыка#котопес#заерьемое#котаны#catclub#кошкамоя#mypets#мойкотик

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Even though he has all kinds of toys, Messi still believes there is nothing more fun in the world than a plastic bottle. Maybe it’s because all of his regular toys break really easily. Or maybe it’s because plastic bottles make a lot of noise.

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БЕСПЛАТНЫЕ ИГРУШКИ часть 4: ну любим мы играть с бутылками😂 большие, маленькие-не важно, главное целые! Стоит прокусить и всё, интерес к ней потерян☹️ Поэтому с появлением кота много ненужных вещей стали нужными))) бутылки стали отмываться и выдаваться перед уходом из дома(чтобы не скучал), пледы перекочевали не на дачу, а в домик)) да и всё свободное время теперь тоже отдано ещё одному любимцу. Намекаю мужу, что собаку ещё хочу..😂 FREE TOYS part 4: well, we like to play with bottles😂 big, small-it does not matter, the main thing is the whole! It's worth biting and everything, interest in it is lost☹️ Therefore, with the appearance of the cat, many unnecessary things became necessary))) the bottles were laundered and issued before leaving home (so as not to be bored), the rugs migrated not to the dacha, but to the house)) yes And all the free time is now also given to another pet. I hint to my husband that I still want a dog ..😂#пумы#рысик#левик#пумка#pumaconcolor#домашнийзоопарк#домашнийкот#дикаякошка#дикийкот#коткот#домашнийлев#красавчикнаш#моиживотные#шерстка#лапамоя#моськамоя#питомецмой#котяткимои#усатыйкот#говорун#сладусик#homecats#сладкийкотик#котолюбовь#котолюб#инстакотик#инстакотэ#котодень#мурмурмяу#чудокот

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Despite his training, his owners don’t always win. For example, this photo shows how the rule “No pumas in the bed” works in their house.

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Ну как же Месси ревнует, что маленькой кошечке можно с нами на кровати лежать😆 иногда долго ходит вокруг, подходит-уходит.. а потом как запрыгнет и сразу обниматься, чтобы не согнали😊 Ох, уж эти котики😂🐾#пумы#рысик#левик#пумка#pumaconcolor#домашнийзоопарк#домашнийкот#дикаякошка#дикийкот#коткот#домашнийлев#красавчикнаш#моиживотные#шерстка#лапамоя#моськамоя#питомецмой#котяткимои#усатыйкот#говорун#сладусик#homecats#сладкийкотик#котолюбовь#котолюб#инстакотик#инстакотэ#котодень#мурмурмяу#чудокот

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But who could say “no” to such a sweet guy?

The right care and regular vet visits have made Messi’s life much better.

Because of the multiple illnesses he had as a kitten, he is still 1/3 smaller in size than other pumas. But Messi is in great shape and this allows him to travel a lot.

He feels very comfortable traveling in a big car and is very interested in walking around forests, fields, beaches, and mountains. His owners try to take him everywhere.

Messi is a cat that loves communication. He feels great being a part of the family and with other animals. His story inspires people from all around the world and proves that true love is the universal language that unites all living creatures on this planet.

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Сегодня ровно год нашему аккаунту🎊👏🏻🎉 Спасибо огромное каждому, кто любит нас! Отдельное спасибо тем, кто с нами с первых дней👍❤️ А вот так мы делаем классные кадры😆 today exactly year our instagram 🎊👏🏻🎉thanks each, who loves us! 👍❤️ #myanimals#mycats#пума#myanimal#мойкот#котенокмой#люблюживотных#вмиреживотных#рысь#мяу#мур#bigcat#mountainlion#bigcats#зоопарк#cats_worldinsta#моська#питомец#котятки#sweetcat#animalplanet#моймир#mypuppy#pumas#львенок#пушистик#мойлев#ушилапыхвост#мокрыйнос#месси

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What do you think of this story? Do you think that a wild animal can live with people given the right circumstances and proper care?

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