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“For the cat lover in all of us”
Review of The Cat House

The Cat House
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Rosamond
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Owner description: This is a small non-profit exotic feline breeding center about 1 hour north of Los Angeles which houses over 70 exotic endangered cats.
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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14 reviews
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“For the cat lover in all of us”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The Cat House is not a zoo. It is a exotic feline breeding program. The cats are healthy and well cared for. I travel to the area for work and I always make time to stop by The Cat House. They are doing amazing work. And according to their FB page they have some sand cat kittens ... I would love to see those guys up close!!

Visited March 2014
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“Loved it! ”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

I don't like animals in cages but actually it looked like they were pretty good! They have big cages and food, they look healthy and quiet. I loved that park! I saw many different kind of cats, only the tigers didn't show up but I could see all the other animals by doing a second tour! Beautiful animals and also the gift shop was good! :D

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California
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“An oasis of hope”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

A few things to look for in the gift shop - the saber tooth skull donated to them by the Paige museum is easy to see, but the tiger canines in the case with it are harder to spot. The three large displays that house the Asian Golden Cat, the North Chinese Leopard in a shipping crate, and a Clouded Leopard coming down a tree are all well worth reading if you are here to get an education. The natural history museum helped put those together. Careful, the Leopard might roar at you if you look too close! The map that shows where they have housed interns from - Brazil, England, etc. Pretty neat to have an international following for the local Cathouse! It shows how they really do put education as a top goal.

A little history:

This is a non-profit organization that is open to the public six days a week. Over 90 cents of every dollar goes into program services, making it one of the top 1% of charities in the USA. No one works there or volunteers (I am a volunteer) there without a desire to help these fantastic felines thrive in a captive environment.

The founder started with 7 cats and 7 acres back in 1977. Because people asked to help he allowed it to open to the public as a non-profit in 1983 as a six month trial, and at that time you could only go on guided tours which were free, but if you wanted to take a photo you would be charged $5. This has never been a facility that seeks money.

Over the years it has slowly turned into one of the most respected facilities in the world for the care, breeding, and upkeep of felines. Many people that visit have no idea just how important it has become to the captive conservation effort. The inspiring part of it is many do, and donations have come from many places. Now they often house close to 80 cats and own around 80 acres. They have donated x-ray machines to Cheetah Conservation Botswana, and the Burbank Animal Shelter.

While they encourage you to come out and learn, they do insist you respect the fact that this is the cats home and it is not a playground or side show attraction. If you don't listen to the rules when you pay admission they have people in the yard that will remind you should you forget - ignore these reminders and you will be asked to leave. Some people believe children should be able to run around freely. Facts are that it takes zero time for a child to climb the three foot safety fence or to throw an object into an enclosure, and either of those things could lead to the death of an animal as rare as an Amur Leopard.

Amur Leopards number around 50 in the wild, and this Cathouse has had 12 successful births - the most of any facility in the USA. These are not cast off unwanted pets, but true representations of the bloodlines you would find in the wild. That alone makes this facility worth visiting.

It is pretty easy to understand why they are so adamant that people behave like they are at a learning facility and not at an entertainment park when you realize just how rare many of the cats that are on display here are.

North Chinese Leopards - you won't find any elsewhere except perhaps Germany or China. Ask why they can't breed them anymore.

Fishing cats - that is right a cat that likes to fish - any wonder why they are vanishing in the wild?

Of the 36 cat species this facility houses about half, and many of those have at least one representative on display. Of those 36 species 25 are on the endangered species list at a level below least concern. Which means there is a concern, and for some like the snow leopard that concern is great (endangered status). Lucky for them they are safe through captive conservation efforts, and this facility is happy to have a breeding pair on display.

That is what makes this an Oasis of hope, not only for the cats, but the fact that people care enough about them here in the USA to give them a home when the nations that have them in the wild don't.

Visited June 2014
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Henderson, Nevada
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85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Wasn't optimistic after some of the reviews, but turned out to be an enjoyable 90 minutes. You can get within 3 feet of most of the varied collection of cats. Unlike most zoos, the cats were moving in their enclosures when we visited - stretching, climbing, pacing. A big difference from the typical zoo where the large cats are usually asleep or out of direct sight. Jaguars and leopards mewling and growling was wonderful. All the animals appeared healthy and guides were always available.

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Lancaster, California
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55 reviews
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I live 20 minutes from the facility and decided to take the drive out to the EFBG. We were pleasantly surprised. The facility is small, but you are able to get a lot closer to the cats than you would be able to in a traditional zoo. The cats all looked healthy and happy. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and they showed a love for their animals. I will definitely be going back.

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