Hand Rearing and Caring for the Palm Civet

My experience hand rearing Palm Civet

The first encounter

Having a Asian Palm Civet as pet was not something I planned in my life, and I am a person who needed to plan out almost everything to function. I have a Domestic Long Haired cat as a pet and I thought he was already taking a lot of my time and attention. Never have I expected that on 29th October 2018, my life was about to be disrupted by two tiny, orphaned and adorable Palm Civet kittens.

Born at noon, my brother found the mother giving birth to three kittens. She then ate one of the kittens alive, while another had a huge gash on it’s inner left flank and the last kitten was lying limply at one side. We decided to rescue the two kittens, in case they were about to be lunch for the mother as well.

This was when I had the task laid out for me.

One to Two Weeks Old Kittens

Housing the Palm Civet Kittens

Orphaned Palm Civet kittens requires a lot of attention and must be handled delicately. Since we took the kittens only a few hours from birth, I quickly placed them in separate boxes with soft cotton bedding for comfort. The reason I separated them was because one of the kitten which I named Luca, had a gash on it’s inner left flank. The other kitten, which I called Curly, was slightly smaller in size than Luca but I was afraid his tiny claws could get caught in Luca’s wound and might infect it. 

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Luca 10 days old
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Curly 10 days old

Separated, the kittens require external heat all day so I placed warm water bottles and rubber gloves filled with warm water under their cotton beddings so that the warmth would seep through to the kittens. I replaced the warm water regularly.

Although I replaced their cotton bedding whenever they were soiled, I never change the box they are in. I read that changing the box might make the kittens insecure and uncomfortable and they would take time to adjust to their new surrounding.

Feeding Palm Civet Kittens

I have never had an experience feeding one-day old kittens, what more a wild animal. After much Googling, I fed them about 3-4ml of Kitten’s Goat’s Milk each session for 5-6 times a day or until they stop feeding. I used the 1ml syringe since a bottle is not suitable for kittens this young. I planned the feeding interval for every 5 hours or so. This includes waking up in the middle of the night to feed them.

At this age, the kittens’ eyes are closed and would sleep most of the day. Feeding is an easy task and sometimes they would end up cuddling and sleeping on me as I fed them. I assumed it was for my warmth.

A newborn Palm Civet kitten would weight around 80g and their weight would gradually increase from there. 

Three To Four Weeks Old Kittens

Healthcare of Palm Civet Kittens

Although I fed both the kittens at a regular interval and gave them much care, it is not uncommon for these kittens to fall sick, especially since they have never had their mother’s “first milk”. 

A mother’s “first milk” contains colostrum, first form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals that contains antibodies and immune cells (as lymphocytes) to protect newborns from diseases. 

Both the kittens under my care have never had their mother’s “first milk” and nearing their third week, they both had diarrhoea. This could be caused by their weak antibody or by the milk that I gave them.

Fed them this milk but their system does not go well with this brand

Their stool, which was normally light brown in colour started turning into bright yellow colour and was soft. After the third day, their stool was soft and watery. I knew that this was not a normal condition however, I could not find a veterinary who are experienced with exotic or wild animals at that time. I went to a regular veterinary and they administered water under the kittens’ skin due to dehydration but nothing else was administered and their condition worsen. 

By the fifth day, Curly had lost a lot of weight and Luca was heading to the same condition as Curly.

The next day, I was lucky to have found online about Exotic Animal Veterinary in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur and brought both Curly and Luca for help. Curly’s condition was not ideal, especially since he weighed only 86g, which was a newborn kitten’s weight. Luca on the other hand weighed 103g. 

Dato’ Dr. S. Vellayan, the owner and vet of Exotic Animal Veterinary injected both Luca and Curly to help stop their diarrhoea. He provided me with anti-diarrhoea medication, gripe water and oral rehydration salts to help improve both Curly’s and Luca’s condition. 

I administered 0.5ml anti-diarrhoea medication 5 times a day, a pinch of oral rehydration salt mixed with water and administered 1ml per kitten for 5 times a day and if any of them had bloated stomach, I would give 0.5ml gripe water per day.

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Recorded the time I fed them, amount of milk, medication, weight and other necessary information in this record

Sadly though, Curly did not make it. He was so underweight and weak that 2 days after meeting Dr. Vellayan, he died. Luca on the other hand started gaining her appetite again. And since I suspected it was the milk that gave them diarrhoea, I changed to a different brand called “Milkodog”. I noticed that with this milk along with the medications, Luca’s stool returned to it’s natural colour and she grew healthier and more active each day.

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Milkodog is one of the best milks for infant canines and felines. Helped my Luca quickly and she loves it!

One Month to Two Months Old Kitten

Healthy Food Intake & Weight Increase

After the diarrhoea episode, Luca’s appetite gained it’s momentum. By the time she turned one month old, she could drink milk more than 10ml per session, 5 times a day. Her weight increased steadily every week too, at about 40g per week.

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One month old
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Upgraded to a semi-detached box

Two weeks after turning one month old, I introduced her to fruits like bananas and mangoes. She likes her bananas and mangoes when they are not too ripe. Bananas turns her stool dark brown while mangoes turns her stool into lighter brown. She turns hyperactive after eating mangoes in comparison to bananas. This could be caused by the fructose that was immediately absorbed into her system.

Skin Condition – Fungus

At this point, I liked wiping her down with unmedicated and unscented wet tissue, especially after she had her meal or after she urinate. This, I found out, was wrong. 

Her wet fur that did not dry properly caused a skin condition, turning her skin flaky and her fur started falling off in clumps. In just a few days’ time, she had some bald spots near her head and back and she kept trying to scratch her skin even though her legs were too short to reach them.

I brought her back to Exotic Animal Veterinary and after analysing her fur under the microscope, Dr. Azman concluded it was a fungal infection and provided a shampoo with Chlorhexidine in it to bathe her in once every 3 days for a period of 10 days’ time. The shampoo must be diluted in warm water though, since it is too concentrated.

After 10 days, I met with Dr. Vellayan again for Luca’s follow-up whom in turn gave me Potassium permanganate (crystals); a type of antiseptic bath that is used to treat skin infections like dermatitis, eczema and fungal infections. Potassium permanganate can be used for both animals (aquatic and otherwise) and humans.

I bathed Luca with diluted Potassium permanganate once per week. Her skin condition improved tremendously, fur grew back on the bald patches and she did not scratch herself so much anymore.

1st Vaccination

I am the type of person who believes in modern medicine and vaccination, in both humans and animals. When Dr. Vellayan informed me that Luca should have her first vaccination when she turned 2 months old, I was prepared. I also wanted her to have better immune system, especially since she never had her mother’s “first milk”.

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Vaccination at 2 months old

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Similar to cats and dogs, Luca’s vaccination consists of injecting her the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpesvirus). FeLV is a virus that causes cancer in felines and suppresses their immune system whereas Feline Herpesvirus is a virus that causes chronic upper respiratory disease. These are common diseases in domestic and wild animals hence why she was vaccinated for both.

After vaccination, it is advised not to bathe the Palm Civet for a week.

Two Months to Three Months Old

Food Intake and Weight Increase

By the time Luca turned two months old, she could drink more than 30ml per session, 3-4 times a day. She is becoming more and more nocturnal, sleeping most of the day and becoming active right after 8 or 9 o’clock at night. She also eats more at night, sometimes more than 2 fingers of bananas or half a mango. By this time too, she weighed more than half a kilogram.

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Sleeping most of the daylight away
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A very lovable civet, she prefers sleeping on me instead of in her own bed

I started introducing other fruits like papaya and chiku (sapota). She does not like papayas very much but she loves the chiku and quickly chomp them down.

Palm Civets are omnivorous animals. They eat both fruits and meat to get energy. At this age, Luca’s teeth are not yet sharp enough to tear into meat but soon, I might have to start giving her fresh chicken meat as part of her diet, other than fruits.

2nd Vaccination

At three months old, Luca was up for her second vaccination, three weeks since her first vaccination.

Similar to the first time, Luca was injected with both Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpesvirus). I was also advised to test Luca’s stool for intestinal parasites that are common in cats – so I brought a sample of her night’s stool to the veterinary. I was happy to find out that she had no health issues whatsoever.

After the second vaccination, if I do decide to keep her as my pet, I would have to bring her for vaccination annually. In this case, I still have not decided what I would do next.

Palm Civet Behaviour and How to Care for Them

I find it easy to care for my Palm Civet since she sleeps most of the time in the day. At night however, she is active which includes running around, jumping and climbing on doors, curtains, cupboards, stairs and more. This is why, once the Palm Civet is older, they should be placed in a cage to prevent them from destroying your household items.

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Hand rearing Palm Civet

What type of cage is best? Get a three-tier cage and place a tree trunk that would fit in the cage for your Palm Civet to climb and play on. If you could afford more, try getting a made-to-order steel cage measured around 4 feet by 6 feet (4’ x 6’) and have a medium-sized tree trunk inside so that your Palm Civet could play, climb and move about freely in it. 

An adult Palm Civet’s body could measure up to 55 centimetres and it’s tail could measure up to 45 centimetres long. A large enclosure would allow free roaming and comfort for your Palm Civet.

Is It Hard To Raise The Asian Palm Civet As A Pet?

Dedication, Money and Love 

Raising the Asian Palm Civet, similar to any other animal, takes dedication, money and love. 

Since I raised her since she was one-day old, I have to say that it took a lot of dedication waking up in the dead of the night to check on her to see if she was cold, to feed her milk and to nurse her back to health when she was sick. This requires sacrifice with time, especially since I work and travel a lot. I am lucky however, that my mother is also an animal lover and was willing to help look after Luca based on my instructions whenever I am not around.

If you own an orchard then you are lucky but for me, my family only have a few fruit trees at home and they bear fruit seasonally. So I end up buying fruits for Luca once in a few days which is an additional cost. A Palm Civet has a lifespan of about 20 years and on the long run, this requires more money and commitment as well. Not forgetting to mention, building a proper, comfortable cage and providing the best place for her to live in.

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She even loves sleeping near my husband
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Perching on my shoulders or sometimes on my head is her favourite past time
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This is definitely my favourite time of the day

Love and patience is highly required when raising a Palm Civet. I absolutely adore my Luca, especially when she is being an angel in the day; always cuddling next to me or perching on my shoulders when I’m doing my work. However, when night falls and she start being super active, it took a lot of patience to deal with her. Due to her active nature at night, I have many scars on my arms and neck from her claws and teeth from when she climbs on me or bit me. Even when she was just being playful, her claws ended up bleeding my skin.

However, if you are ready for all this and more, then just like me, you must get a license from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) to raise a Palm Civet as pet.

Rehabilitation

On the other hand, if you think you could not afford to care for your Palm Civet for the rest of it’s life, you should rehabilitate it back to the wild. Rehabilitation also requires patience and time from your part. DO NOT just pick it up from the cage and leave it in the wild. Your Palm Civet needs time to adjust to its surroundings and this process could take up to a few weeks.

The best age to rehabilitate would be between 4-5 months. 

How to rehabilitate a Palm Civet? Bring your Palm Civet to an orchard or somewhere where there are fruit trees. Then, let him or her run free for a few hours and wait for it to return to you. When it returns, bring it back home. Repeat this process every day so that the Palm Civet could gradually get comfortable with its surrounding and become more independent. After a few more times of doing this routine and when your Palm Civet is now comfortable and independent, he or she will play around in the trees and will no longer return to you.

Rehabilitation can also be done to older Palm Civets however, it would require longer time.

PLEASE make sure to rehabilitate them right. If it takes longer than necessary, then please make time. If your Palm Civet had been highly dependable on you, they would not be able to find food on their own and might die in the wild; cold and lonely. Please be responsible with your choices. Every life matters.

38 thoughts on “Hand Rearing and Caring for the Palm Civet

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    wah baru tahu pasal goat milk khas untuk kucing..agak weird tapi for sure ianya bagus untuk kesiahatan kucing. macam2 perkara kita kena tahu dan ambil tahu ya bila dah ada kucing…:-)

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      Aah kalau memang serious nak ada pet, macam2 kena ambil tahu. Pada Bella, haiwan peliharaan ialah amanah Allah juga sebab ia hidupan yang dicipta Allah. Kalau mati haiwan peliharaan tu dan sebabnya ialah kita sambil lewa jaga, berdosa kita. Bella susah nak jaga haiwan tapi kalau dah jaga tu, Bella akan research and ambil tahu macam2.

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    Tengok Bella bela civet ni..macam best jer..akak plak penakut memang tak berani la..ngan kucing pun akak takut..memang betul..bila dah serius bela apa2 aje binatang peliharaan, semua kena ambil tau especially tabiat pemakanan dan tempat tinggal dia..nampak senang je tapi rumit jugak..especially part nak kena pastikan dia kena vaccine. Kalau dah minat dan sayang memang takde masalah la kan…

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      Hehe.. Susah juga sebenarnya nak jaga Luca ni kak. Civet ni lain caranya dari kucing domestik kita kat rumah. Perangai dia pun lain. Calar balar tangan, kaki dan bahu Bella ni. Tapi Bella tak salahkan dia sebab dah memang dicipta kuku dan gigi dia macam tu. Perangai pun ganas sikit bila matahari dah terbenam. So, kena bertabah je lah. Sebab dia dengan manusia, dia ada manja dia. Tapi sifat “wild animal” dia pun masih ada juga. Vaccine memang penting. Sebab banyak penyakit boleh kena kalau tak vaccine. Lagi susah kita nanti.

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    Ya Allah..comelnyanya beliau. Mmg ada plan nak bela dulu..tp rumah dh ala mini zoo time tu mak tak bagi. Nak kata “kang ular ko makan benda alah tu x pasal” . Padahal banyak je kucing kat runah sekor pun ular kita x tingin nak makan. Bestnya kalau dpt bela

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      Wow. Sya pelihara ular apa tu? Kena amik lesen tak? Untuk Luca, Bella kena amik lesen ngan Perhilitan. Bella tengok ada komuniti yang bela civet ni tapi tak ramai yang tahu cara2 penjagaan yang betul. 🙁

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    alahai comelnya..tapi kalau diberi civet ni Murni tak berani nak bela..takut dan penggeli..murni suka tengok jer..nak pegang tak berani

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    Their medicine is almost the same with human babies’ medicine. Plus got goat milk for animals? That is new for me

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      Yes, goat milk is said to be low lactose so it’s more suitable for their stomach – less stomach problems. But i don’t know why the Goat Milk i used for Luca and Curly wasn’t suitable for them which led to the severe diarrhea and Curly died because of it. 🙁 🙁 🙁

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    Teringin nak bela tapi akak ni penggeli. Tengok dari jauh je berani. Kalau dekat confirm lagi.. Rumit tak penjagaan binatang comel ni

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      Akak geli haiwan bulu2 je ke or semua jenis haiwan? Rumit masa kecik2 je kak sebab nak kena bagi susu on time so pukul 3 pagi pun kena bangun juga. Bila dah lebih sebulan ke atas, tak rumit sangat dah. Sepatutnya haiwan macam ni mak nya yang pelihara sebab dorg ni wild animal dan cara jaga tak sama macam haiwan2 domestik. Tapi dah rezeki accidentally dapat dorg ni, so Bella cuba jaga sebaik mungkin.

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    Jaga haiwan peliharaan ni memang perlukan komitmen yang sangat tinggi, bukan sekadar tengok org jaga kita pun nak jaga..tengok cantik kita pun nak..tapi tak jaga dengan sebaiknya.
    Kat umah sis pun sis jaga kucing..memang jaga dari lahir semuanya, siap tido sekatil dn seselimut lagi..hehehe. Wang ringgit memang tak berkira..vaccine, potong kuku, vit, makanan semua kena kira..kalau sakit beribu boleh terbang, baru ni semua htr scaling gigi, tapi sb jaga diorg dr kecik so memang layan diorg cam anak sendiri dah

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      Betul tu sis. Sebab haiwan2 ni semua bernyawa macam kita juga. Mereka lagi lemah dari kita sebab tak boleh berbicara. Apa yang kita buat untuk mereka, bagus tak bagus ke, betul tak betul ke, mereka terima je. Bella tengok online ada ramai yang jaga Palm Civet ni tapi cara penjagaan banyak yang tak betul. Makanan kurang nutrisi, pastu ada yang mandikan hari2… Sedangkan haiwan ni tak boleh dimandikan hari2. Boleh terkena jangkitan paru2 berair dsbnya. Bella jaga Luca ni bukan je research online tapi siap study dengan Dr. Vellayan face to face (sebab beliau pakar haiwan dan dulu VP Zoo Negara) untuk tahu cara terbaik jaga Palm Civet ni.
      Nyawa haiwan pun amanah Allah swt juga.

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    kat rumah ni ada musang tak bertuan….tapi tak akan sama dengan yang awak bela nih , yang banyak ada pun kucing jer.. ….tapi best nampaknya bela haiwan terutamanya yang rare camnih….maksud rare tu jenis bukan yang semua orang mampu jaga dan bela elok2….apapun tahniah sebab berani dan penyabar

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      Kat rumah Bella ni pun kadang2 dengar musang atas siling ni. Musang2 liar atau Palm Civet yang liar ni kalau kat Malaysia, senang dijumpai di kebun2 buah2an atau pokok2 buah2 ataupun dorg dok kat siling2 rumah orang untuk tidur dan berteduh.

      Disebabkan musang pulut ni jarang orang pelihara, tak ramai yang tahu cara penjagaan yang betul. So since Bella dah jaga ni and buat research the pakar haiwan zoo malaysia, Bella kongsikan sekali supaya siapa2 yang nak pelihara haiwan ni kena bersedia dan jaga haiwan ni dengan betul.

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    Wow its cute! Susah nk tengok org bela civet ni. Walaupun agak rumit tapi kalau dah sayang memang sanggup kan.. hehehe. Comel la. Teringin pulak nk pegang.hehehe

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      Hehe.. Luca ni sebab Bella jaga since kecil, dia ok dengan strangers. Cuma kena ada Bella sekali la and takbole bising2 sangat nanti dia takut. 😀
      Ya, kat Malaysia ni orang senyap2 je bela Civet ni sebab dorg takut kalau Perhilitan tahu dorg bela tanpa lesen, boleh kena saman. Orang kita selalunya malas nak buat lesen. Hahaha

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    So cute! Read everything. Commitment is real. Yes, to let any kinds of animal need patience, commitment and money. Good to see Luca is doing well.

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      Thank you. Yeah, I have this belief that animals are also living things created by God and they would require the same love, attention and care like us humans. As a matter of fact, they need more than us humans because they can’t speak for themselves. So, if we humans decide to care for animals and have them as pets, then we should take full responsibility on them and love them as a special life that God created.

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    Alahai comelnya dia Bella. Tak mudah lan nak jaga dia. Btw teringin jugak nak ada sekor. Tapi tula, kalau ada rumah sendiri n ada orang leh jaga dia masa kita outstation okaylah. Skang mmg xbersedia nk ada apa2 pet.

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      Tu lah Madi. Bila ada commitment macam ni, susah nak kesana kesini juga. Nasib baik ada Mama boleh tolong tengok2kan bila Bella and Zuan gi travel. Itu pun rasa bersalah tinggalkan kat Mama sebab dia Bella punya kan, tanggungjawab Bella. Memang kalau nak ada pet ni kena committed, macam anak jugak.

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    Owh rare ni bela civet..lucky Luca ada tuan sprt Bella&Zuan..memang nak kena lepaskan dia ke luar ke? tak boleh ke kl nak bela hingga besar dalam cage kat rumah?

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      Hehe rare sikit. Dia pun perlukan attention, ngalahkan kucing. 😀
      Bella masih tak sure lagi nak lepaskan atau tak. Dia dah mula membesar dan instinct wild animal dia makin lama makin obvious. Bella takut Bella takde masa nak bagi full attention dan commitment pada dia. Since dia ada ni, Bella terabai sikit kucing Bella sekor yang nama Ryan tu. Kesian juga kucing Bella macam tersisih (sebab tak bole mix kan dengan Luca).
      Tapi… Bella pulak dah sayang Luca sekarang. Tak tau macam mana perasaan kalau terpaksa lepaskan dia. Huhu..
      Kena buat solat istikharah mintak petunjuk agaknya ni.

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    I’ve never had a pet before eventho been thinking of having a cat cos daughter likes cat so much. Never knew taking care of a pet is as complicated as a baby, with milk and vaccination and all.

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      Hi Julia.
      Yeah, it is a long time commitment of attention, time, love and of course, money. I have a cat too, he’s 8 years old and named Ryan Gosling. Ever since I had Luca, I neglected Ryan a little (because I cannot mix them together and I spent more time feeding and caring for Luca) and I can see this has affected him.

      And you’re right, they also require quality milk (for immunity and stomach wellness) and vaccination. For feline, vaccination is important because there are many types of feline diseases. Most common are FeLV and Feline Herpesvirus. But there’s also FIV, Sporo, FPL, FCV, Chlamydia and many more. Sometimes the home domestic cat is healthy but some virus are airborne and if other people’s cat are not vaccinated and is nearby your home area, it can infect your cat too. So before you decide to have a cat for your daughter, you have to think and plan about many things first before having one. 😀

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    Bella! Bagusnya bella jaga Luca, bila kita dah bela haiwan macam ni, akan timbul satu perasaan lain iaitu perasaan yang sangat sayang. Macam onie jaga kucing baru 4 bulan tapi kalau sesaat tak tengok kucing rindu dia lain macam. Yesss! Nak jaga haiwan ni kena ada dedikasi, duit (of course) and kasih sayang. Alaahh teringin nak jumpa luca <3

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      Hehe Luca ni tak takut orang so kalau Onie jumpa dia, dia friendly je. Tu lah, walaupun dia main kasar, kuku tajam sampai calar balar tangan Bella ni, tapi tetap sayang dia jugak. Bila dia aktif sangat main sampai jatuh2 barang, Bella pukul dia (pukul manja) tapi pastu minta maaf balik. Haha.. Macam lah dia paham pun.. Hahaha

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    Alololo.. Comeynyaaaa musang tu..
    Teringat masa kecik dlu. Adik pernah cerita, ada kwan dia bela musang.
    Comey macam ni juga..
    Rumit tak nak jaga dia ye?
    Tengok cute je tido sekali tu. Hehe
    Manja macam kucing jugak ekk..

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      Luca ni sebab Bella jaga dari baby dan tak pernah mix atau bau musang lain, so dia jenis manja and tak takut manusia. Mungkin kalau dia jarang2 bau manusia, dia takkan manja macam sekarang. Tapi, kucing lagi manja lah sebab Luca ni tetap ada wild animal instinct dia. Rumit jaga masa kecik2 dulu je sebab nak jaga timing menyusu. Sekarang senang je jaga dia. Buat main2 je.

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    Rajin yer bela.. Huda tak suka haiwan berbulu ni, lagi pun ada allergic dengan bulu haiwan. Bagus yer sayang pada haiwan dan jaga betul2. banyak pahala

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      Bella cuma ada sekor kucing bulu panjang (Ryan Gosling nama dia) dan Luca ni je. Ada 2 ni pun dah letih juga nak jaga Huda. Sebab dorang perlukan attention, dan masa kita. Mama Abah Bella siap ada 50 kucing (ada rescued kucing jalanan dan kucing baka juga) kat rumah siap bina rumah untuk dorg semua tu lagi penat Bella tengok. Haha..

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    Wow your Palm Civet Kitten is so so adorable. So manjakan and suka dekat dengan tuan nyer. Sometimes is good to have a pet to accompany us.

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      Haha yessss she’s very adorable – in the day time. At night time when she kena rasuk hantu, then not adorable anymore. Hahahaha.. I love smelling her coat, sometimes smell pandan very strong hehe

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    Nampak best je tengok orang duk bela binatang2 macam ni. Tapi emi sendiri penggeli & penakut terutama kalau binatang berbulu. Heheh

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      Hehe.. Bella faham. Memang kadang2 rasa geli tu tak dibuat2 dan takboleh pula dibuang. Takpe, asalkan kita tak sakiti haiwan kan. Selalunya rasa best bila ada haiwan peliharaan ni tapi kadang2 tu rasa penat juga hehehe

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    Apa cerita masih bela lg musang tu? Sy pun ter bela jgk sekor anak musang sesat masuk rmh nk dilepaskan takut mati so cuba bela sampai dia besar baru nk lepaskan ke habitat asal dia. Skrg ni umur mgkin 3 – 4 bln masalah musang ni susah nk jinak nk pegang pun kena pakai glove klau tak memang berdarah dia gigit. Makanan dia setiap hari bg pisang, sekali sekala bg ayam. Elok dilepaskan sekarang atau tunggu smpai betul2 besar baru lepaskan?

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      Oh ya, saya masih lagi bela musang saya. Dah nak masuk 2 tahun dah umur dia. Follow Instagram instagram.com/lucathecivet untuk tengok posting saya tentang Luca. 🙂

      Musang ni memang semuala jadi sifatnya tak manja macam haiwan domestik, walaupun dah bertahun2 bela. Gigit tu memang perkara biasa. Kalau tak tahan memang sakit, luka2 dibuatnya.

      Pisang tu ok, kalau boleh berikan buah2an bervariasi seperti pisang/papaya/ciku/mangga/ceri, kerana buah2an ini boleh bantu beri nutrisi yang sepatutnya untuk mereka. Kalau pisang saja, buah ini mengandungi potassium dan terlalu banyak potassium dalam badan adalah tidak sihat.

      Anyway, umur 4-5 bulan ialah umur yang baik untuk rehabilitasi. Cara nak lepaskan mereka macam ni:
      1) bawa dia ke tempat yang ada banyak pokok2 atau pokok2 buah. Lepaskan dia dan tunggu. Dia akan takut2, dia mungkin tidak akan explore tempat sekeliling sebab takut dan duduk dekat awak je. So takpe, lepas sejam disitu, ambil dia bawa balik.
      2) esoknya, bawa dia ke tempat sama, lepaskan lagi. mungkin dia akan masih takut2, mungkin dia mula explore sikit2, tapi lepastu dia akan datang ke awak balik. bila dia datang, ambil dia bawa balik.
      3) esok, lusa, tulat, ulang lagi. kali ni mungkin lebih lama dia explore sebelum datang semula ke awak.
      4) satu hari nanti, selepas awak lepaskan dia, dia takkan balik ke awak lagi. bila ini berlaku, itu maksudnya rehabilitasi musang tersebut berjaya.

      Nak rehabilitasi ni perlukan kesabaran. Kadang2 seminggu dah ok, kadang2 makan masa 2 minggu. Tengok tahap keberanian musang tu. Ini sebab musang itu dah biasa hidup bersama awak jadi ia perlukan masa untuk hidup di tempat dan suasana baru. Ia juga perlu “berani” di tempat baru supaya ia boleh hidup dengan haiwan2 liar yang lain, di bawah panas hujan, siang malam. Jangan bawa dia ke satu tempat dan terus tinggalkan dia. Dia akan takut, dia tidak akan tahu apa perlu dia lakukan, dia boleh mati ketakutan (di tempat dan suasana baru tanpa rehabilitasi yg betul).

      Saya harap awak berjaya rehabilitasikan musang tersebut. Semoga dia juga hidup bahagia di luar sana.

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