Rescued puma can’t be released into wild so he lives as a spoiled house cat.

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to live with… a puma that thinks it’s a house cat?

Messi the puma cat, named after the famous Argentine footballer, lives with its adoptive parents Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev in their apartment in Penza, Russia, since 2016. Messi is living the life that we all daydream about: the life of a spoiled pet cat.

Messi “the big exotic cat, not the talented and celebrated pro footballer” was sold to a petting zoo in Penza when he was just three months old. He was smaller than usual. He had health issues. He couldn’t live in a zoo. Nor could he live in a wildlife sanctuary. And petting zoo staff were thinking of putting the wild cat to sleep. That’s when Aleksandr and Mariya showed up to save the gentle feline.

Messi lives with Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev

Though Messi’s known as their kitten, keeping it is more like taking care of a doggo than a catto. For example, it had to be trained at a dog training facility. What’s more, Messi now knows around 10 commands ‘though we doubt he can score a goal’! The Dmitrievs take their puma on walks ‘imagine what their neighbors’ reactions are like’, feed it raw beef, chicken, and turkey, and wash it in the bathtub.

Pumas are cute as little kitten’s and are easy to raise, just as the lynx, and love to play…

When Messi became famous on the net, lots of people loved how the Dmitrievs took care of him. However, there were some critics. They urged the couple to send the puma to a wildlife sanctuary. But Aleksandr and Mariya state that Messi couldn’t survive in the wild. It should also be noted that the couple don’t, in fact, encourage anyone to domesticate pumas and other big cats: Messi is an exception because he is exceptionally gentle, calm, and sickly.

But This cat should be in a sanctuary not a one bedroom apartment.

This particular puma is incredibly gentle and calm

Our cuddlesome Messi is known all over the media as a puma. But did you know that pumas are also known by a whole bunch of other names? Including cougars, red tigers, and mountain lions. But a puma isn’t enough for the Dmitrievs—they have plans to adopt a leopard. Because Messi needs a friend.

Might we suggest naming it Ronaldo?

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