By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Martin Trabalik
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Ivana Čákorová, from the Czech Republic, has taken her love of all things feline to a whole new level.
The 58-year-old, who works in a clothing store, lives with a total of 14 cats that she calls her “babies” - a puma, caracal, four servals, a bobcat and seven house cats.
After finding that her home in the centre of Prague was too small to fit her furry friends, she recently moved to the suburbs where her new house has been specially modified to accommodate each one.
She told Barcroft TV: “I simply love them, my felines are my children.
“This is not my house, it is their house. I bought it and moved out from central Prague so that they could have lots of nice space, a good life, so that they have all they need.
“From my point of view, a life with cats is like living in an American musical.
“It’s a beautiful life, it’s divine. To live with the animals means living at one with nature. They love you unconditionally.”
The big cats have their own, individual, bedrooms to sleep in, as well as having an outdoor space to play. They are welcome to roam free around the living room, kitchen and upstairs – “just like house cats”.
Ivana says that hasn’t taken a single holiday since getting her cats. She considers the idea of leaving them a “punishment” and something she does not want to do.
She feeds her cats a “diverse and varied” diet – consisting of birds such as pheasants, quails and turkey. She also sometimes buys them deer, which Ivana says the cats love.
She added: “I think they eat better than I do.”
Although Ivana claims the animals are well-trained and loving, she admits “accidents” do happen.
“My first experience, I didn’t know at all what to expect. I thought that when I see a serval kitten it’ll bite me, that it will be aggressive, that it will be uncontrollable.
“But I have to say that the opposite was true. The serval and caracal kittens are divine, cuddly darlings. They weren’t intolerant or hostile at all.
“Nothing has ever happened to me. Sometimes accidents happen, of course, accidents can happen. For example, a serval can get hold of my arm and sink its claws into my leg then jump and I end up getting scratched.”
But domesticating these naturally wild cats does come at a price.
Ivana added: “I think it’s impossible for these animals who had been bred in captivity to go back to the wild. They would die – it wouldn’t be possible.”