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“Amazing Variety Of Cats”
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.
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
466 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
“Amazing Variety Of Cats”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

A worthy stop for cat lovers. They probably have the biggest selection of cats that you can see in any one place anywhere. Lots of rarely seen in zoo cats like, Persian Leopards, North Chinese Leopards, Jaguarundi, Geoffrey's Cat, etc. Not elaborate exhibits, but all the cats appear happy and healthy.

Visited February 2013
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Bakersfield, California
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Doing Great Work but not necessarily for kids”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a very interesting facility to visit. It is also called the Exotic Feline Breeding Center.

They are doing great work by breeding the almost extinct animals. The problem is once you walk around there is not much else to do. There is not much in Rosamond. The site with a tour guide, who was excellent, only took about 45 minutes.

The other problem is that it really is not child friendly. They are trying to regrow the grass in between the walking areas. So they spend too much time telling everyone to get off the grass. My feeling was: if it is that important, put up a fence around those areas.

The other problem is they do not want children to walk around unsupervised. I understand why, but the woman in the gift shop came out and shouted at one of my children, 13 yrs old, to not walk around by herself.
It is not that big of an area. You can stand in one spot and almost see the entire "zoo." I agree that often the public is rowdy and especially unsupervised children. There are some very large cats and at times they retaliate by urinating on someone outside the cage. But again, either make it known that the facility really isn't for children under 12 yrs old or put up some glass. Most of us are use to a zoo where you can roam.

Overall I found the information very educational but I wouldn't recommend it for children, only teens. They spend too much time on what the public can't do.

Visited March 2013
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Davis, CA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Different than going to a zoo”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The best part about this place is that you are able to get very close to the animals, much closer than at a zoo. An added bonus is that they have peacocks roaming freely on the property, so not only do you get to see exotic cats but you can get a close-up view of these beautiful birds as well!

The place isn't very big and can be covered within an hour if you keep moving along. If you take your time, 1 1 /2 hours - 2 hours should suffice to see the animals and visit the gift shop.

As indicated on their website, this place has many animals but only some are available for viewing. To ensure you'll get to see the most, try to attend during feeding time, but call ahead to find out when that will be. I timed our visit based on a review that said feeding time was early afternoon, only to find that it was going to be late afternoon. It was too cold to hang around another hour for feeding time so we didn't get to see as many animals as we would have liked to. But, a worthwhile visit nonetheless!

Visited December 2012
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California City, California
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
81 attraction reviews
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“Incredible place to see the big wild cats”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Only $7 to view the 30 big cats (most endangered species) they have on display. Leopards, ocelots, jaguars, cougars, tigers, etc I think all but two were active and walking around. Plus you are super close to them. You won't be disappointed!

What an amazing place to see these incredible creatures! The grounds are extremely well maintained in a park like setting. And so clean !

Randy (Female) helped us with all our questions in the information center and was an absolute dream to deal with. You can tell she loves her job.

Needless to say, we were impressed - we became members (now we can go for free whenever we want - except some special events) and hope to adopt one of the cats in the near future. You can pay for a cat's food with a 6 month commitment or longer if you are financially able.

Great place ! We are taking someone with us next week!

They have a special three times a year for $20 per person (18 years and older) where you get to see all 70 of the cats they house. Can't wait for that !!

Visited February 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not great for young kids”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

I'll start by saying that this looked like a nice place to visit. Lots of cats, nice layout, prices not too bad ($7 adults, $5 kids), and we were there on a cool day. Also, we arrived about 2:30 pm, which was feeding time, so lots of cats were visible. Our first warning that it hadn't been a good choice was that after we paid our $24, the woman told our four-year-old twin boys the rules: (1) don't run (2) don't yell (3) don't go on the grass (4) don't chase the peacocks. So out we go into the park and one of the first things we see is a grassy area, which our kids immediately want to run on. "Don't run, and don't go on the grass!" we told them, remembering the rules. There were some big rocks on the grass which they wanted to climb on, but that would require going on the grass. Pretty soon they were yelling.

Long story short: in less than 10 minutes we were dragging our little screamers out of there. (We didn't ask for a refund, but I was glad we hadn't bought the family membership!) It looks like a nice place for adults or calm children to visit. You need to be calm and quiet so as not to disturb the cats. It's not the right place for rowdy little boys who need a break after driving all the way out there. We did wonder why they have a lawn if people can't walk on it.

Visited February 2013
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