| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

A Couple Brought a Baby Puma to Their Apartment


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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100 Comments

BRIGHT SIDE

Jun 6, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

Hey there, BrightSiders, if you could have any animal as your pet, which on would you choose?

Eric Judkins-van buren

Jun 6, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

I do not know if Russians are familiar with Pumas, but they one of the strongest bites of big cats.

Eric Judkins-van buren

Jun 6, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Pumas live in some very cold and snowy areas of America.

Paulina Dackiw

Jun 6, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Guys, don't get any ideas to get an exotic animal as a pet! This is rare and these people know how to take care of it. You cant go and get an exotic animal because basically all of them are wild and thats where they are meant to be!
STOP POACHING!!

John and Jane Doe

Jun 6, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

They better watch it that puma might see them as lunch

Joseph Smith

Jun 6, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

I wonder what Kevin Richardson thinks of this

Isaac Skumba

Jun 6, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

If they were dragons I would adopt one for my noisy neighbors

Joseph Zecca

Jun 6, 2019, 3:58 am Reply

You people are wonderful beyond belief!

Jia Kong

Jun 6, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

Messi the Puma!

He also goes to the corner when he he knows he's been naughty. And the way he apologizes for his MESS IS (MESSI) adorable!

Jia Kong

Jun 6, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

Does he have a YouTube video too?

Bonita Chaquita

Jun 6, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

People that train big animals are so cool.

an Asian girl

Jun 6, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

My mum never let me adopt any pet……????even tho I'm a youth…..

alan wisdom

Jun 6, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

A puma in apartment come on, this animal deserve a better life a wild life not be a prisoner in apartment, what is the next step? A baby elephant in apartment!!!! Puma are not a pet !

Luke Friend

Jun 6, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

?don’t ever forget to feed that thing and go to sleep?

Zain Ali

Jun 6, 2019, 7:40 am Reply

Bright side is really a great researcher as well

Rhosie Catignas

Jun 6, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

Bad thing pumas are extinct

BRIGHT SIDE

Jun 6, 2019, 8:13 am Reply

TIMESTAMPS:

Messi in an apartment 0:35

Messi's health 2:11

Training 2:58

Size matters 4:39

No pumas in bed? You wish! 5:30

How much the Dmitrievs spend on Messi 6:50

Is Messi dangerous? 7:30

Kai Hiwatari

Jun 6, 2019, 8:23 am Reply

But Messi is a Goat…

Indie Dev

Jun 6, 2019, 9:05 am Reply

Looks like the animations are made by The infographics show!

Who else think the same ?

Harsh Soni

Jun 6, 2019, 9:43 am Reply

Page is not available

Tommy Frog

Jun 6, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

This is a horrifying story…what the?? That thing is wild and craves raw meat…guess what his " owners" are…?

Matt Chew

Jun 6, 2019, 9:54 am Reply

Cute kitty…

Igor Bukový

Jun 6, 2019, 9:55 am Reply

I hate to see plastic bottles as pet toys.

Siaw Rou Lim

Jun 6, 2019, 10:29 am Reply

Giant cat

Gladeatorr XD

Jun 6, 2019, 10:39 am Reply

Puma’s are just cat ? dogs ?

Vince Chua

Jun 6, 2019, 11:05 am Reply

Seriousely man a leopard

TANKI – ONLINE

Jun 6, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

2:38 you can see the muscles ? that’s why lions are the king of the Jungles

Pixy Rose Jes

Jun 6, 2019, 11:58 am Reply

Messi is a cutie.

maramuse 2

Jun 6, 2019, 12:44 pm Reply

I didn't know about this guy! Such a cute story! I hope they will live happily ever after. 🙂

Jasper 1600

Jun 6, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

Sub to sub??

GLORIA MICHAELS

Jun 6, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

I HOPE THIS ANIMAL AND THE OTHER WILD ANIMAL THEY ARE CONSIDERING ADOPTING DOES NOT ATTACK OR EAT THEM. IN THE WILD, THESE ANIMALS HAVE KILLED HUMANS. THESE WILD CATS ARE BEAUTIFUL BUT I WAS SHOCKED THEY ATTACKED AND KILLED HUMANS.

Nemesis Ryu

Jun 6, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

2:39 that beast gots muscle!!!

Erry Nugraha

Jun 6, 2019, 3:32 pm Reply

Can't find the instagram account. Is it taken down?

Pelle Engdell

Jun 6, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

Dog

Malachi X. Caddell

Jun 6, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

I'm a of the followers!!!!

J P

Jun 6, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

Isn’t it dangerous to own one as a pet?

Robin Fa

Jun 6, 2019, 7:42 pm Reply

I'd normally say they don't have enough space for a puma, but I'm not sure how much his health and size plays into this (consider he has a hard time moving). It's great that he was kind of rescued (depending on the state of the petting zoo), goes out on forest walks, and will probably have more space in the new house, but I don't think the leopard (or cheetah according to the animation) is a good idea. He's used to dogs so that might be a better choice. Pumas might actually have more in common with little than big cats despite their average size.

Dianna Mize

Jun 6, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

The dislikes are from dog lovers..

the crazy cat lady

Jun 6, 2019, 3:49 am Reply

Awwwwwwwwww sooo cute ??

Rob Brown

Jun 6, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

I'm not a cat person but Messi is intriguing.

Kelly kane Arao

Jun 6, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

Is it Leonardo messi

VIGNESHWARARAO VEERAMANI

Jun 6, 2019, 11:06 am Reply

????

DK Nex

Jun 6, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

This video is sponsored by I_am_puma ?

Annabelle Jackson

Jun 6, 2019, 2:45 pm Reply

When Messi actually meets the soccer player

damonsta80

Jun 6, 2019, 3:32 pm Reply

Going too far man going too far ..I will stick to dogs as for having a big pet ..no big cats no no no ..ah he is a true athlete the narrator said smh no sir the big cat is a true predator..given the right situation and temperament that big cat will turn on you and have himself a wild life fest with your body parts

kd tng

Jun 6, 2019, 3:47 pm Reply

What if the couple decides to have a child one day???

Retag Phone

Jun 6, 2019, 4:05 pm Reply

i am a cat person

Evelyn Rodriguez

Jun 6, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

Comfortable in bed

Tech Review

Jun 6, 2019, 3:48 am Reply

This Messi is as good as the real
Messi but he could not run and jump.

Maybe Ronaldo could do all this.???????

Messi is famous but what about Suarez and Neymar Jr????

Genius Simmer

Jun 6, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

i wouldn't feel sorry for them if they woke up with they face tore off on the floor

Jungle Man

Jun 6, 2019, 5:34 am Reply

Update: owners eaten by puma

Mtyb Nokp

Jun 6, 2019, 9:41 am Reply

Cat + dog = messi the puma

Sanjeev Singh

Jun 6, 2019, 4:42 pm Reply

Those paws are big. Awesome cat.

ricky v

Jun 6, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

I haven’t been watching a lot of Bright Side videos lately. But, this one was an interesting choice. I have always liked large cats. I wouldn’t own one, unless I lived outside a city. But, more power to this couple for helping a young Puma live a longer healthier life. (:

Jjdc35715 Dor live

Jun 6, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

How is it more of a dog but not a cat

King Farouq -Farouq Samman’s Video

Jun 6, 2019, 12:44 am Reply

Messi Is A Puma Name?, Pets With Soccer Name Like Messi Are Very Weird ?.

Hazim KMZ

Jun 6, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Can't find the instagram

ShadowCat Films

Jun 6, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

Uh cat animatronic

Beverly Willoughby

Jun 6, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

Sure would love a 99 lb. cougar.

Little Blue Dragon Gaming

Jun 6, 2019, 5:41 am Reply

Both

Kao Vang

Jun 6, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

You have to own one to under stand how it is. I'll pass. No thank you.

Serene .T3am Fortified

Jun 6, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

I really want one

odds ins

Jun 6, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

Wow I hope he doesn’t eat the owners one day that would be so sad

Assasinate Wolf

Jun 6, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

I have decided
I will get a puma

Phoebe Vergara

Jun 6, 2019, 8:45 pm Reply

I love dogs but I am a cat person❤

Maija Mehiläinen

Jun 6, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

…so this is totally fine huh?

The Three Little Gamers

Jun 6, 2019, 10:05 pm Reply

It sounds like Barcelona more then the World Cup but that might be right too

Ashim Malla

Jun 6, 2019, 9:18 am Reply

Both messi are same. Health issues

nrQ gamer

Jun 6, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

so is this is really Russia?!?

Paris Ng

Jun 6, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

Wow he’s so cute. I’m going to follow their IG and btw the parents have tons of money if you think about it

Randomations _

Jun 6, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww so cute

Amira Oukaci

Jun 6, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply

he obeys to ten commands. good christian

Lisheng

Jun 6, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

Okay but pumas shouldn’t be pets

Aastha patel

Jun 6, 2019, 8:09 am Reply

He is sooooo cute

Chan Parker

Jun 6, 2019, 7:29 am Reply

Doesn’t know how to chase prey’s

Eats owner for dinner

Sum Something

Jun 6, 2019, 9:39 am Reply

Turtles-PLaStiC! NOooN0O
Messi-my favorite toy is plastic

Terry Dean Channel

Jun 6, 2019, 11:06 pm Reply

These people clearly have no idea what will happen to them…They have no understanding of wild nature…

Eleanya Agbai-Eleanya

Jun 6, 2019, 6:46 am Reply

Imagine walking on the street and seeing someone walking a f***cking cougar

Arpit tiwari

Jun 6, 2019, 7:03 am Reply

After 2 years they will be remembered as DEAD COUPLE. Cuz cats love human meat…..ahem, ahem I mean human.

KN7R JR

Jun 6, 2019, 10:21 am Reply

Messi not use puma

Eko :P

Jun 6, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

0:04 are you cat or a dog person?
james(theodd1out) comes throught the roof "IM BISEXUAL FOR PETS"

Keith Brown

Jun 6, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

Just got caught up in the Messi Saga Open-hearted humans trying to do something as they coexist with nature Hopefully Messi will be a part of their family for a LONG TIME….

Ultra Football

Jun 6, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

I use puma future netfit

Joash Jr

Jun 6, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

The owner looks like inesta

jismeilys hernandez

Jun 6, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

Who's watching wile waring puma socks

Taufik Rahman

Jun 6, 2019, 7:09 am Reply

Messi… One of the greatest of all time. ??

NASI ANWAR

Jun 6, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

Luv u Messi not this one

Priyansu Singh

Jun 6, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

no ronaldo fans…ok

Melinda Burns

Jun 6, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

This is so adorable. I love it. I wish I could afford to have a big cat. I also wish I had the room for one too.

Michelle Accunzo

Jun 6, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

They are wonderful people! What a beauty he is! Make a great, loving family ❤️❤️❤️

PES Masterpiece

Jun 6, 2019, 10:11 pm Reply

I thought messi is a goat.

Scrooge McDuck

Jun 6, 2019, 5:52 pm Reply

Pause and 7:17

Pikachu Gamer

Jul 7, 2019, 5:20 am Reply

2:21 Hwen you are to lazy to edit a video and you got to release the video in the next few minutes

Big Mac

Jul 7, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

Well I hope Messi doesn't have human lunch????

Ulqcifer

Jul 7, 2019, 1:16 pm Reply

Fact: Messi is not a GOAT. But a Puma.

Gisele Wong

Jul 7, 2019, 9:11 am Reply

Such a good video!!!!!??

21LAzgoo we

Aug 8, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

they probably shouldnt get a leopard. They arent as strong as pumas, but their more aggressive.

YoooItsZack

Aug 8, 2019, 1:21 am Reply

Swaggarsouls voices this

Hayley West

Aug 8, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

so happy there are people who look after vunerable animals like this he has a good life and is safe and loved

Lokifangirl1795

Aug 8, 2019, 1:19 am Reply

Why would you ever own a wildcat? They belong in the wild and shouldn’t be pets

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