Iguana Off of Feed

Description of your first forum.

Iguana Off of Feed

Post by Steve Fo » Thu, 04 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Naturally I won't manage to discourage current owners who allow their
warm-***ed and cold-***ed pets to interact.  The successful ones
have "proven" to themselves that it is possible and assume that the
unsuccessful ones "did it wrong".

So, this is directed to those who aren't sure if they should or not.


Even if you have a 75% chance of it working reliably over the animals'
lifetimes, a 25% chance of injury or death is way too much to risk.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have good luck for
several months in a row, and suddenly ZAP.

It's kinda like letting your kids ride in the front seat without seat
belts ... up until about 6 months ago, I had never been in an accident
where seat belts were helpful.  Thank goodness for my unharmed son
that I still insisted on seatbelts.

P.S. - I have a friend with a rather large salt-water aquarium.  He
always includes a couple of preditors in it (and plenty of hiding
places).  Granted, he occasionally has to replace (at no small cost)
one of the other animals, but he gets a kick out of seeing what he
considers to be more "natural" behavior.

Never wrestle a pig.  You both get dirty, and he likes it.
     - John Belushi, 1975 (slightly edited)


Iguana Off of Feed

Post by Melissa Kapla » Thu, 04 Jul 1996 04:00:00


> When I rub the back of my iguana, he (I think it's a male) leans
> into my hand.  If rub the the other side of his back, he leans to
> that side.  Does this mean he enjoys the backrub, or is it a defense
> mechanism?  I'm wondering because I've seen him sort of arch his
> back and make himself look bigger when he sees the iguana in the
> hallway door mirrors.

If he's anything like my iguanas, he's enjoying it...
You may also see that he raises he head into your hand
when rubbing his head, too... ;)

Melissa Kaplan

Iguana Off of Feed

Post by D.M.Fo » Sat, 06 Jul 1996 04:00:00

>I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with iguanas
>and cats in the same household.  


A few years ago, I took my female (4ft) to a friends house where it
encountered a cat for the first time. There had been no problem before as
she was quite at home there until the arrival of a kitten. The kitten kept
walking over to Grace (the ig) and giving her an experimental nip, to which
Grace replied with a movement at the base of the tail. The kitten would
run away and then approach her again a little later. An hour passed, when
the kitten came flying over the end of the table, caught mid-air by the
owner. I haven't exposed the igs to cats since.


Iguana Off of Feed

Post by phishb.. » Sat, 06 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I have a free roaming 2 year old iguana and a free roaming 9 year old cat.
(both feamle) They seem to mind they're own business and sometimes the
iguana will share the cat food with the cat. The cat food is deadly if
iguana keeps eating it.

I do have a lot of experience with cats. They are curiouse!!!!! If the cat
is smart it will take a tail whip or two from the iguana and learn to leave
it alone. Kittens are stubborn and will keep trying to "play" with the
iguana. Becarefull on the age of the cat. and always keep and eye on the
iguana when it is loose.

As for my cat & iguana, I think the cat leaves the iguana alone because the
cat does not care what the iguana does as long as the iguana doesn't wake
her up from all of her naps she takes. 9 years is a lot of work for a cat.

I hope this helped. I have had no problems with my combination of animals.

Good luck!!
                    >=)))>  Phish Bone  <(((=<
                   !! Still BETA in most areas !!

         ( Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., Earth, Milkyway )


Iguana Off of Feed

Post by Larr » Wed, 10 Jul 1996 04:00:00


> > I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with iguanas
> > and cats in the same household.

> > Linda

> Dear Linda -

> Questions like this are pretty common here. Can Iggy and Fluffy play
> together? Why doesn't Iggy like it when I dress him in doll clothes? I've
> been teaching Iggy to read for eight months now but he still can't
> pronounce his Ms correctly: is there something wrong?

> What everyone LOVES to forget is that being a pet is not a natural state
> for our big green bad boys. For that matter, it's not all that true for
> cats. There are very few cases of legitimate symbiosis in nature, and cats
> & iguanas ain't on the list. They will never *get along.* They will merely
> coexist until one gets territorial or the other gets hungry. Depending on
> the sizes involved, this will result in your iguana getting his ass
> kicked.

> Remember the law of the jungle: It's all fun and games until somebody
> loses an eye!

> Break it up,

> daveDear Herpers-

While Dave does have a VERY valid point, I think it is important to take
more than just cat Vs Ig into the equation, what are the sizes of the two
animals??  How long have you had each, has one been around longer than
the other (I.E. more likely to be territorial..)
This is not meant as a slam on Dave in any way, his point are all very
valid, its just another point of view.
  I have a 3 Yr old 4' female Ig, she is fine with our cats (we have 7)
Most are afraid of her, though 3 tend to just follow her facinated at
this strange creature.  While they never "play", they do get along.  a
few times the cats tried to play, but Iggy puffed up and even slapped a
few that didn't take the hint. Now most are now either scared of her or
don't care.
The most important thing is NEVER leave them alone together!!  Once your
ig is OVER 2.5' you can give it a try, any smaller and it is just food to
the cat.
  If you want to test their relations get another person, ang get the Ig
into a position that offers security and an escape route, then slowly
introduce the cat.  If either one get visibly hostile (Puffing up and
***ing tail, or hissing) pet them and try to sooth them, if that
fails, quit for the day and try again another time.  NEVER try to
force them right next to each other, just get them to see each other
first.  Most of all take your time, don't rush them.
We actually let our Ig sit on the couch behind us, and one by one the
cats came over to sniff and investigate, after that all was fine.
Hope that helps!