It was living at a petting school, but when this family adopt it—not everyone is comfortable

June 6, 2018 5:40 pm Last Updated: June 6, 2018 5:40 pm

Alexandr and Mariya Dmitriev have a pet that many other people wouldn’t even consider taking in: a cougar.

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The cougar, named Messi, is smaller than the average cougar due to a couple of health issues. But the cat is domesticated enough to be able to live with the Dmitrievs in their studio apartment in Russia.

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Messi also has to co-exist with the couple’s other cat, but it looks like they don’t mind each other for the most part.

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If anything, Messi kind of resembles a cat—he sways back and forth on affection, as one day he’ll want it, but other days he prefers to be left alone.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that he eats like a regular cat; beef, chicken, and turkey are just a few of the things on his diet.

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The couple’s neighbors don’t have to worry about Messi either, as it seems that he does like to meet other people.

It is unusual to keep a cougar as a cat, but in this case, Messi was living at a petting zoo at a young age and could’ve used a home. The Dmitrievs were able to do this for him, and it looks like Messi is as happy as a cougar can be.

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