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Caring for Cats and Ending the Trade



This site is more than 10,000 pages of photos, videos, stories, facts and fun stuff about lions, tigers, leopards and many, many more varieties of exotic wild cats.

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Most-ImportantThis bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. It ended the 113th Congressional session with more than 120 co sponsors.  Now we are working to re introduce the bill in January 2015.



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Who is Big Cat Rescue?



Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are home to about 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, servals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

  • The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
  • The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to about 100 exotic big cats
  • The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
    • Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
    • Retired from performing acts
    • Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
    • Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers.  See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
  • Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
    • Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats and a Geoffroy Cat
  • The non-profit organization is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
    • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.
  • The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

People often ask, "Do Big Cats Like Catnip?" Well.... there is only one way to find out.

After watching this video, PLEASE LET US KNOW what you think.... DO big cats like catnip?

If you enjoy it, there are a couple more catnip videos we can post for you.
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Seyhan Tazeoğlu, John Vincent Hogan VII and 23 others like this

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Sarah C BarryMy two tiny domesticated kitties have their own spots on a particular rug they go sit on and wait for me when they want to have some catnip. They have trained me well. LOL4 hours ago   ·  9
Yvonne ViviersNo doubt about that, beautiful to watch4 hours ago   ·  4
Robin MissantI love Joseph so much, he is just to cool for catnip.4 hours ago   ·  3
Jane L SchmidtLove this !!4 hours ago   ·  2
Michelle LemleyToo adorable! I once came home to find my prissy Himalayan (rescue) cat had pulled a bag of catnip off the counter, ripped it open on the floor, and was rolling in it. ;)4 hours ago   ·  1
Lillian SzilagyIs it a regular part of their diet err playtime?4 hours ago   ·  1
Linda Von De BurMore please! Love seeing them play!4 hours ago   ·  1
Amanda SuzumeMore catnip videos! <34 hours ago   ·  2
Brooke Dohertyomg... CHRIS! YOUR A SENIOR KEEPER?! I AM SOOOOOOOOO JELLY!!!!4 hours ago   ·  1
Shannon BesseLove you Chris!!!4 hours ago   ·  1
Cherie KieverMy answer is YES, Yes they do! Too cute! <34 hours ago   ·  1
Jennifer FonsletLOL Joseph at the end just sitting there! So funny!!4 hours ago   ·  2
Kendra ColburnLove! Thanks for sharing4 hours ago   ·  1
Connie PattersonYes Awsome4 hours ago   ·  1
Tina Gonzaleslmbo! of course they do, they're cats, right?4 hours ago   ·  1
Allison GoodmanLooks like a yes4 hours ago   ·  1
Anne-Cecile Baer PorterI am going to say yes? :-)4 hours ago   ·  1
Chris CoombesDon't give them too much or too often as they will end up at BigCat Rehab....LOL3 hours ago   ·  3
Laura PetersonHahaha Savannah Moore it's the cat sex dust !!3 hours ago   ·  2
Savannah MooreLaura Peterson Cierra Marie I was asking this before rember?3 hours ago   ·  2
Kris Buggit's like they took a trip to Colorado lol4 hours ago   ·  2
Kristen HassettYes . But I didnt think cats were supposed to eat it .4 hours ago   ·  2
Gill JonesLoved it zabu looked embarrassed to get caught rolling around47 minutes ago   ·  1
Kelly BergesonI think Alex just liked the paper bag. That last cat looked stoned, lol2 hours ago   ·  1
Dustin RaleyNip is a helluva drug.3 hours ago   ·  1

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