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Restraint

RESTRAINT You will find many times when it is necessary to pick up and restrain an exotic cat, and hopefully, you will have started acclimating the cat to this behavior early in life. If the cat is small and can be picked up from behind, it is better than taking on the cat face to face. With a tame cat, you can place one hand around the middle of his body, then reach your fingers up from under the chest to cross and hold the front paws. This is critical if he has claws and just cuts down on the squirming if he does not. Keep your index finger between Read More

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Pills

Giving an Exotic Cat a Pill   http://youtu.be/OmvlFPXwSnw   Giving a cat a pill can be a harrowing experience for both you and the cat. Exotic cats are worse because they are not as trusting, have a keener sense of smell and are more powerful. As with any aspect of exotic cat ownership, you must rely on your higher intelligence rather than brute force if you are to succeed. While it may be physically possible for you and all of your closest friends to tackle the cat and force a pill down his throat, this sort of force destroys Read More

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Rules

WORKPLACE SAFETY PROGRAM Table of Contents     Section I - Management Commitment and Involvement 1 Section II - Safety and Health Training 2 Section III - Safety Meetings 3 Section IV - Safety Committee 4 Section V - Safety Inspections 5 Section VI - First Aid Procedures 6 Section VII - Accident Investigations 7 Section VIII - Workplace Safety RulesSection IX - On Property Safety 814   ATTACHMENTS   Tour Guide Procedures Class Gate Read More

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Cages

http://youtu.be/KrF0rRL5DHA   Big Cat Caging No big cat belongs in a cage, but until we have better laws to protect exotic cats from being bred for lives of captivity and deprivation, we need to give them as much space and privacy as possible.  In their wild their territories would measure in square miles, not square feet, so even at its best a cage is nothing more than a jail cell. Since all exotic cats, no matter how early they are neutered or spayed, spray bucket loads of urine all day you will want to provide an outdoor Read More

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Enrichment

Big Cat Enrichment at Big Cat Rescue Watch another video of our enrichment HERE.     Enrichment Adds Quality to Life Bobcat Enrichment (photos are from pumpkin enrichment) At Big Cat Rescue, the volunteers formed a committee to focus on the development of appropriate enrichment for the animals in our care. When using different enrichment techniques, the animals can be stimulated to investigate and explore their surroundings. This can be accomplished by presenting novel food items (or presenting food in different ways), Read More

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Exotic Cat Infectious Disease Manual

Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive and Free ranging Wildlife in North America       An official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Infectious Disease Committee   Click Here to go get the Manual   See current USDA guidelines for Vet Care and Proposed Changes   Read More

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Caging Big Cats

CAGING See more photos and explanation of Big Cat Cages   Since all exotic cats, no matter how early they are neutered or spayed, spray bucket loads of urine all day you will want to provide an outdoor cage. Because we have so many cats we have many varieties of cages depending on the cats’ needs. We will begin with our favorite cages and proceed down to our minimum cages. USDA only requires that the animal be able to stand up and turn around in the pen and that it be clean. Some states have minimum size standards but they, like Read More

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How to Rescue a Big Cat

Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about   How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat   About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:   "We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We'd like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes."   It just doesn't work that way.   Our response is typically, "The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 12 2013

Precious Bobcat Stands Up!   http://youtu.be/ZY3IQuKAWwM   This photo was from circa 2009 when Precious could get up in her tree.  She's had a stroke, at the age of 21, but has been working hard to get back on her feet and managed to do so recently.  The photo below is Levi bobcat during a recent vet check up.   Food Prep Photos The building was built by friends of Big Cat Rescue in 2003-2004 for $40,000.  The lion's share of the money raised to build it came from Jamie Veronica's college fund, supplied by Read More

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Litterbox

Litter Box Training Domestic cats win hands down when it comes to house manners and exotic cats are more easily influenced by what other cats show them than what we try to teach them. For this reason, we employ domestic cat mothers, strays with kittens of their own for the most part, to help us guide these impressionable little ones. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Stacie Wadsworth D.V.M., specializes in cat care with her own clinic called Carrollwood Cats and takes in all of the felines brought to her doors. She screens them for every known disease, worms Read More