So, are you a dog or a cat person? Well, the Dmitrievs, from the city of Penza
in central Russia, are definitely puma people! You know, puma, another name for a cougar
or mountain lion? Anyway, two years ago they adopted an 8-month old puma, Messi, from a
petting zoo. You think their choice of a pet is a bit strange? Well, Messi is special because
he’s more like an ordinary cat than his wild counterparts. His story inspires thousands
of people around the world! Messi and his brothers were born on October
30, 2015 in Saransk city zoo. The three cubs were named after famous soccer players – Messi,
Suarez and Neymar – to celebrate the future World Cup. After 3 months with his mother
and brothers he was sold to a petting zoo in Penza. Alexander and Maria, his soon- to-be parents,
met him there in January, 2017, and it was love at first sight. After 3 days of thinking
and doubting, they made up their minds to buy the puma. They offered a high price to
the zoo, which was accepted right away. The zoo authorities warned the Dmitrievs that
the 8 month-old cub was sickly and needed a lot of medical attention; but it didn’t
scare them off. Maria and Alexander had to adjust their one-bedroom
apartment for their new family member. They rearranged the hallway, and covered the wall
and door jambs with bamboo to make a huge scratcher for Messi’s sharp claws. They
also made a special den for Messi with a tree and a hiding hole. Like all cats, pumas are
fond of climbing and snuggling away for a nap where no one can see them.
Taking the advice of experts, they also made a mirrored wall; Messi’s fond of his own
reflection. Ha, sound familiar? Morning and evening walks didn’t save them from the
puddles on the carpet, but they soon found a solution: a bath was a nice litter box for
a kitten that big. They brought in all sorts of toys and the puma’s favorite treats;
the Dmitrievs did their best to make him feel at home. Messi’s health turned out to be really poor:
chronic cystitis, rickets, and muscle atrophy were the first problems they had to face.
When they started walking him like a dog, he wasn’t really active. They couldn’t
walk for long because of Messi’s health issues, but nothing’s impossible for loving
and caring pet owners. 3 months of vitamin therapy, and Messi managed to walk for as
much as 2 miles and actually tried to jump. Maria and Alexander continued the treatment
and were happy about every small improvement. But when he started limping again, it turned
out he had a problem with his hip joint. They had to give him dietary supplements again
and find some more balanced exercises. But where can one find a wild animal handler?
They called a dozen different trainers, but none of them had experience with big cats.
Finally, they found a handler who’d trained lynxes before and agreed to try working with
Messi. They had 4 classes per week – first individual
ones, then together with some other four-legged friends. Messi stood out among the dogs, and
it took some time for all of them to get used to each other. But the handler’s wise approach
and a friendly atmosphere in the group finally worked. The dogs embraced Messi, despite his
difference.Alexander says that now they walk twice a day, as it should be. In that sense,
having Messi as a pet isn’t much different from having a dog. When they first started walking in the street,
their neighbors would come out to see the unusual pet. Now they’re used to the big,
friendly cat who’s kind and communicative. Professional training did well, not only for
the puma’s health, but also for his relationship with his owners. Now they have a stronger
bond and a better understanding of each other, and Messi himself has become a more genteel
cat with nice manners. Before, he would get mad and lose control at the sight of food,
but now he can wait patiently and only starts eating when he’s allowed. Messi currently responds to about 10 commands
from Alexander and Maria and they’re constantly teaching him more. There’s nothing strange
about how quickly Messi learns new commands: he’s really smart! He can open and close
windows and doors by himself, goes to the corner when he knows he’s been naughty,
and the way he apologizes for the mess he’s made will melt your heart.
But don’t assume that his whole life consists of commands and training! Cats are always
cats, no matter how big they are. And his owners treat him like an ordinary cat with
all the cute habits. Messi’s fond of hiding inside any box he manages to squeeze into.
And, like any ordinary cat, he can chase his favorite ball for hours. He’s a true athlete,
just like his famous namesake. He probably lacks some dribbling skills but he can bite
the ball instead. Which of the human players can boast that? He even loves having a watermelon
or a pumpkin instead of a ball; when it comes to toys, size matters. But his favorite, by
far, is a plastic bottle. Maybe toys just don’t last long enough for his huge paws,
or maybe plastic bottles just make the right kind of noise. Despite all the rules and training, Alexander
and Maria don’t always keep the upper hand. Quite often, Messi keeps the upper paw. For
example, the “no pumas in bed” rule is broken, well…daily. Bed is usually where
they find him when they come home from work. Like all cats, Messi sleeps a lot and it’s
his favorite pastime when he stays home alone. Wild pumas, or cougars, or mountain lions
mainly live in North America and are the forth biggest felines. They have strong bodies that
are about 3 – 6 ft long and 2 – 2.5 ft high and weigh up to 231 lbs. Alexander says
Messi’s size is roughly the same as a big sheep dog, weighing only 99 lbs. Due to the
health issues he had as a cub, he’ll always be much smaller than other pumas. But, great
care, medical attention and lots of love made Messi’s life much happier. Messi’ll never be able to live in the wild,
not only because of his size, but because he was brought up by humans and doesn’t
know anything about chasing prey. But he can travel with his owners in a big
car and discover new territories, forests and fields, sea coasts and mountains. Now
that they have Messi on their hands, the Dmitrievs only go for vacation by car. Keeping such an exotic animal at home is pretty
rare, and the Dmitrievs show their life with the puma on social media with great success:
people love watching Messi on YouTube, and his page on Instagram already has about a
million followers. Maria says the star has no idea he’s that
famous. And it’s a blessing, because he’s not used to any royal treatment. He eats what
his family eats; he sleeps where they sleep. As for the food and its cost, the Dmitrievs
spend about $300-$600 every month on Messi’s food, mainly raw meat. But it’s worth every
penny when spent on a loved one, isn’t it? The Dmitrievs know that having such a big
wild cat at home might be dangerous, but Messi is special. He’s shown his owners that he’s
a member of their family and would never do anything bad except for some minor pranks.
His behavior has proven his kindness, and he gets along well with people.
The Dmitrievs are planning to move to a house, and have quite a bold dream to add a leopard
to their family. This is all for Messi’s sake too; they don’t want him to feel lonely
when his masters are at work. Are you inspired with the story of a true
love at first sight? You can follow the cute puma Messi on his Instagram clicking on the
link below the video. Please let me know in comments which of Messi’s pictures you liked
best. If you learned something new today, then give this video a like and share it with
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A Couple Brought a Baby Puma to Their Apartment

100 thoughts on “A Couple Brought a Baby Puma to Their Apartment

  • June 10, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    Hey there, BrightSiders, if you could have any animal as your pet, which on would you choose?

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  • November 4, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    Sasha and Masha are so good for him. Messi even gets along with his Sphynx sister. He does like to shrewd boxes. You should see their page I am puma.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    He’s a cool cat 🐈

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  • November 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    They may spend 300-600$ per month on his food, but they're making a lot more money off of their videos of him they upload I'll bet.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    7:53 "And they have a bold plan to add a leopard to their family"…… Bright Side's animation displays an image of a cheetah.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    Messi & his humans have a new home. The house is almosted completed

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  • November 9, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Я так рада видеть тебя .любимый Котя✊❤👌

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  • November 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    Messi needs partner,maybe another puma

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  • November 10, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    I love Messi!!!

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Pretty sure suarez bites.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    They have a YouTube channel. It’s I_am_puma

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  • November 11, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    I love Messi!!!I have never thought it wise to own a wild animal, but you are an exception!!   Messi belongs with you and I am so happy he has such loving parents!!!!

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  • November 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    Messi is simply GORGEOUS!!!! I love him!!!! Many thanks and blessings to his parents!!💖🐾💜

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  • November 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Follow that Puma on IG "I_am_puma" and also the same name on youtube 😍

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  • November 11, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    In Soviet Russia, human live in forrest and puma live in house…

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  • November 11, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Наш красавец Мэсси😎💕💕💕💕😎

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  • November 12, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    Messi is famous! Sweetest cat ever:)

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  • November 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    It seems to me that all the "wild" North American animals urgently need to move to Russia in order to survive. Otherwise, the hypocritical American authorities and its laws will precisely destroy all animals under the guise of the protection of wild animals (they must live in the wild and disappear there along with the wild). It is so natural. Idiots.

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  • November 12, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    I love Messi.
    I have bad day…
    I see Messi…
    I smile.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 10:01 am
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    Beautiful Cougar ~ I love all his video's

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  • November 15, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Oh and don’t forget Messi understands Russian!

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  • November 15, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    Fools.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    Here kitty, kitty! I love Messi!

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  • November 16, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    It's not a puma but a normal house kitty

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  • November 16, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    I watch him on you tube, he's awesome

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  • November 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    MAN OH MAN!!! I JUST LOVE AND AM IN LOVE WITH THIS FAMILY!! HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE!!! AND I APPROVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!! GOD BLESS YOUR FABULOUS AND MARVELOUS AND SWEET PUMA AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY!!!!!
    GOD BLESS YOU, BLESS YOU!!!
    MUCH LOVE TO YOU♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡Puma, ♤MESSI♡ !!!!! 🍇🐈🐩🐦🕊🐯🌲

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  • November 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    Thank you for this video, but you forgot Messi's elder small sfinks sister Kira!!!☺She is a very beautiful and loving cat😍

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  • November 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Keep happy and healthy Messi with Mommy and Daddy!
    The Dmitrievs are such great parent for Messi.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    I'm so happy to see this! I've been following Messi and the Dmitrievs and there were few things i didn't know that in the beginning he'd get mad and lose control at the sight of food so this was a treat or that he & siblings were named after soccer stars. Messie is so sweet and so lucky that the Dmitriev's are his parents!

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  • November 17, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Sounds about white smfh

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  • November 17, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    😻😻😻 What a wonderful couple, adopting a big beautiful kitty with health issues and making him healthy again. 😽😽😽 You make the world a better place. 👏👏👏 deep respect to you. 🙏🙏🙏

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  • November 17, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Messi's size and health are the biggest reason his parents have not been criticized very much for domesticating him. He just would not have survived long in the wild. Even in a zoo with much bigger cats could have been dangerous for him.

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  • November 19, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    Who else watches I am puma channel

    I’m not trying to self prompt I promise

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  • November 19, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    O my baby misse 😘😘😘😘😘😘 love you misse god bless u and 😘🥰🥰🥰🥰

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  • November 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    This Messi cougar is a cute Mountain lion puma

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  • November 20, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Interestingly Leo messi had growth problem as well

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  • November 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    We can safely say now that Messi is the one in a million, so are his mom and dad… the coolest of all cool. I LOVE MESSI !

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  • November 21, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    A pooma? 😨😕

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  • November 21, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    Maria and Alexander…..ummmmm no …Masha & Sasha

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  • November 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    Messi is the Best house Cat 🤣

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  • November 23, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    I used to watch there video

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  • November 24, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    Dont agree, he said he always wanted a big cat, hope he dont turn on them

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  • November 24, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    Messi 💜

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  • November 27, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    They have a big house now alex and mar and messi now have a huge space to move in

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  • November 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    I always watching all live videos of Messi I really like it he soo cute and adorable..

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  • November 29, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    I am already subscribed to I Am Puma funnily enough. I think a better cat companion would be a cheetah. I've seen how domesticated or shall we say tame they can be. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt used to have them as pets and hunting companions too.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Okay folks. A lot of ignorant comments, so let's get some facts straight; too many people aren't even paying attention to the video. Just see big cat and freak out. You need to watch his channel and learn the facts. Messi stopped growing as a cub and is 30% smaller than normal so could never live with other big cats. He is weaker, less stamina and would die in the wild; as a cub he was malnourished, had rickets and he has intestinal issues for which they keep him medically monitored. If you notice, he has very short legs. The zoo was going to euthanize him because he was sick. His human mom and dad saved his life. Oh, and Alexander and Maria are not their names.

    He is not their pet, he is their life style. Messi has been in dog training classes since they got him and he is better behaved, more obedient and mannerly than most dogs. His health is their priority, and when they move into the new log home they are building out in the countryside Messi will be truly the king of his castle. He already has his favourite window to sit and look out over the land and lake. So keeping Messi is a GOOD idea.

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  • December 2, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    OMGoodness!

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  • December 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    I love that cat

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  • December 8, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    Messi the Puma has a YouTube channel I am Puma i think its called.

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  • December 8, 2019 at 9:41 am
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    They got a new house. Much bigger can’t wait!!! We all love Messi

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  • December 8, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Nice one

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  • December 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Меська))

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  • December 9, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    I love Messi. Love from India

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  • December 10, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    I already follow Messi

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  • December 11, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Love our Messi, he's gonna love having a buddy ! ❤ Missouri USA

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  • December 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    LOVE YOU MESSI!!!!!🌺💙🌺💙🌺💙🌺💙

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  • December 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Instead of a leopard I would get a cheetah. I have seen other people with cheetahs and they seem very sweet. I applaud them getting a trainer. That was so smart

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  • December 12, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    I love Messi and watch I Am Puma all the time. From Spokane, WA.

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  • December 12, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    Sub to i m a puma

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  • December 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    Calm Messi at bath time, a real treat

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  • December 12, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    I know their Yt channel

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  • December 13, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    The most perfect animal

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  • December 14, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    MA! that cat is outside and it got bigger

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  • December 16, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    All messies pics are super cute hes a wonderfull cat and has loving wondefull owners .well mum and dad as they never consider themseles as owners of messi hes a member of their family and is loved and gives love evety second of every day . U just have to look at him and his parents to see how he is . I myself love this boy messi cat hes everything ud want in a cat big or small . Great news that they plan to get a lepoard to share the families new home . With messie i can only imagine the fun messi will have with a new brother or sister his size lol

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  • December 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    "only eats when allowed" responds to commands"

    ?? that's dog mentality not cat. even house cats ain't that domesticated

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  • December 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I follow Messi every day …. Vamos Messi ….

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  • December 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Messi is a total doll! There is no way he'd survive in the wild but obviously he is VERY happy! Also, my dogs love plastic bottles best too!

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  • December 18, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    I love messi I wish he were mine!

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  • December 18, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Wonderfull Messi 😘😘❤❤❤

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  • December 19, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    You didn’t mention that they have one more pet sphinx cat Kira but she doesn’t like Messi 😅

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  • December 20, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    You guys are doing what I Dreamed of doing .you guy did a great thing

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  • December 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Pumas available now on your local pet stores

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  • December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    THey can weigh more than 239lbs. Oregon dept of Fish and Wildlife has weighed a few that were close to 300lbs. I wouldnt want to run into the wild ones. 🙂

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  • December 21, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    bright side are trash

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  • December 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Thats why u need these animals in the wild. To build a proper body and wild life food. Without these joint problems

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  • December 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    Cool puma cat . But I still love dogs for life. That cat is so cool to have as a pet very cool

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  • December 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    I don't think someone would brake into there home with messi puma in the house cool cat lol he is so cute kitty

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  • December 21, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    So, in Russia, for right amount of money you can just buy zoo animals…

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  • December 21, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Messi using adidas
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    Not PUMA 😂😂

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  • December 21, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    I love Messi. Always watching all videos of Messi. Beautiful cat 😍

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  • December 22, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Messi💜

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  • December 22, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Messi is amazing and even more so are his owners! I've never seen anything like this before! A mountain lion as a housecat and he's so mild mannered and sweet. What a good boy her is! ♡♡♡

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  • December 22, 2019 at 7:58 am
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    He's Messi❤❤❤

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  • December 23, 2019 at 9:14 am
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    Just finished watching a video on their YouTube channel

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  • December 24, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    Isn’t it ironic how Messi had a sick condition before Barcelona recruited him and turned out he was worth it😄

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  • December 25, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    I'm following messi since 2016

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  • December 26, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    I’m biggest fun Of Messi the Puma

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  • December 27, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    I LOVE very much Puma Messi

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  • December 28, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    my bday is on oct30

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  • December 29, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    I wished they would sub title in English

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  • December 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Messi is beautiful and you two are wonderful parents. Glad he has you two for his caregiver.

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  • December 31, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    I prefer Messi in Barcelona

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  • January 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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    Yeppers, Ichel (Messi and Kaia's new sister) has just come home! What a new year's start with a new family member.
    🙆‍♂️🙆‍♀️3 kids ->🐱🦁🐆

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  • January 2, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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    Pet-Free = a lot more freedom to help people.

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  • January 3, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    I simply love this adorable puma messi. The cat is like a human baby. Very loving cat to his owner/parents.

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  • January 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm
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    Being outside and exercise is cheap and doesn't cost much

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  • January 3, 2020 at 6:16 pm
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    I wonder how much $$ they get donated by Americans when they ask for it?

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  • January 4, 2020 at 4:14 am
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    Oh Messi is such a sweet boy! They didn't add a leopard, instead she's a cheetah! Beautiful! ❤

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  • January 19, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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    Of course it is the russians

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