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Hygiene and Pest Control

Big Cat Rescue's Hygiene and Pest Control   http://youtu.be/SHdRiks1vEE   INTRODUCTION Hygiene serves as a most important tool keeping sanctuary functioning property. There are several reasons why hygiene must be effective in the sanctuary. (a) Health Needs: to help prevent the spread of disease among animals and zoonosis between staff and visitors and the animals. (b) Husbandry needs: to provide clean safe conditions for the maintenance and housing of animals (biological needs). (c) Aesthetic needs: to provide a clean environment Read More

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Animal Husbandry

BIG CAT RESCUE’S BASIC HUSBANDRY INTRODUCTION   Much of the Keeper's time is spent in basic husbandry routines such as cleaning and feeding. Unless efficient procedures are mastered the Keeper can waste much time in unnecessary movement and labour, especially where large areas must be covered. Proper routines are efficient, effective and flexible; they have been developed over a period of time into the best way to cope with a particular job. Routines are always subjected to change as they deal with living, changing animals; routines Read More

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Critical Incident Hurricane and Disaster Plan

Big Cat Rescue Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan   Contact info:  Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130 fax 866.571.4523 Info@bigcatrescue.org USDA 58-C-0814 FL ESB 578 ID# 402067429 Lat 28.061125 Long. -82.571387 Hurricane Evacuation Zone Category? NO  Flood Zone? NO   Emergency Contacts: Veterinarian: Dr. Liz Wynn, DVM Ehrlich Animal Hospital 8009 Gunn Hwy. Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.0566 also Dr. Justin Boorstein, DVM Animal Coalition of Tampa. Sanctuary Operations  Read More

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Animal Health

BIG CAT RESCUE’S ANIMAL HEALTH PROTOCOL   INTRODUCTION The Keeper is the first line of defense in caring for the animals in the Refuge. Big Cat Rescue maintains a close relationship with two full-time Veterinarians, and their Lab Technicians. However, the Keeper, being responsible for the daily care of the Refuge's animals, plays an important part in the Big Cat Rescue’s animal health program. The effectiveness of the Keeper's role depends on several factors.   Attitude:The Keeper's attitude and the attitude of the Refuge's Read More

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CPR

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION & HEART MASSAGE   If the cat has stopped breathing and the heart has stopped beating there are two methods of resuscitation. Chest compression stimulates the heart to beat and if done correctly, can force air in and out of the lungs. If you cannot hear the intake and exhale of air, you should add mouth to nose forced respiration. 1. Feel for the heartbeat and watch closely to see if the chest is moving. 2. Open the mouth, wipe away fluids and check for something stuck in the mouth. If there is something Read More

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Accidents

Accidents and Animal Injury place animal in carrying case as quickly and gently as possible notify  Director keep the animal warm, quiet, and isolated give water if dehydrated ANIMAL HANDLING The animals that you will be caring for at Big Cat Rescue will be cared for in a HANDS OFF fashion because they are wild animals. All of the animals possess effective means for defending themselves when they feel it is necessary, including teeth, claws, odor, etc. Remember, any animal can and will bite if sufficiently provoked or frightened Read More

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Kittens and Cubs

KITTENS AND CUBS   Big Cat Rescue has evolved since its inception in 1992. By 1997 we had seen enough of the abuse and abandonment caused by the pet trade that we had previously engaged in to know that there was no reason to breed exotic animals for lives in cages. As a result we increased our efforts through spaying, neutering and cage building to ensure that we would no longer be a part of the problem. As we have continued to learn about the causes of so much suffering we have become active in stopping the exotic pet trade through education Read More

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Poisonous Plants

POISONOUS PLANTS   THE FIVE PLANTS MOST HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PET'S HEALTH “We typically recommend that pets not be allowed to eat plants in general,” says APCC veterinary toxicologist Dr. Safdar Khan. “However, it is especially critical that the following plants be kept out of reach of animals, as they have the potential to cause serious, even fatal systemic effects when ingested." * LILIES rank number one in dangerous plant call volume at the APCC, and are highly toxic to cats. Says Khan, “It is clear that even with ingestions Read More

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Heat Stroke

HEAT STROKE   Buy Big Cat Books and Videos If it is very hot and the cat is panting take a close look in his mouth. If the tongue is red and the cat is drooling he may be suffering from heat stroke. Cats cool themselves by increasing the air over their tongues and by salivating on their fur to cause evaporation. When the cat’s body temperature goes over 106 degrees he may stagger, vomit and produce bloody diarrhea. His lips will turn blue or grey before digressing into a coma.   Mild cases require only that Read More

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Emergencies

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES   http://youtu.be/9OIRZbBZFuU   Rule # 1 : STAY CALM . Detach yourself from the drama and become the hired professional brought in to remedy the situation. Your mind is more complex (and more easily accessible) than any computer. Everything you have ever learned is right there and available to you, but you must be in a clear state of mind to recall the needed information. Running in circles and causing a big commotion won’t help the animal in need. Because this is an Emergency, you need to think fast, but Read More
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