Royal Oak police on prowl for African cat that escaped from owner’s home

Royal Oak police and Animal Control officers are looking for an exotic African cat that…

Royal Oak police and Animal Control officers are looking for an exotic African cat that escaped from its owner, officials said.

Royal Oak Police Lt. Albert Carter said the cat’s owner reported the animal had escaped from her home in the area of 13 Mile and Rochester roads. 

Carter said caracals are medium-sized cats native to Africa that weigh about 30-40 pounds. He explained the cats are classified in a category of animal that isn’t regulated by the state.

“The owner says they present no harm to humans,” he said. “They are very passive, nocturnal animals.” 

The cats are effective hunters who primarily prey on rodents and other small mammals, Carter also said.

He said the cat’s owner has four of the animals, which she keeps in cages that allow them go in and out of her garage.