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Parasites

Worming and Parasite Prevention   http://youtu.be/-14CuURCwHA   Unless there are extenuating circumstances, as mentioned elsewhere, we worm with Pyrantel Pamoate at three weeks, once a day for three days, and then once a week for three weeks and then quarterly for life. After six months we use a stronger wormer such as Ivermectin, however we alternate with Strongid or Nemex to keep the parasites from developing an immunity. Routine fecal checks can let you know if there is a problem in full bloom, but often the storm may be brewing Read More

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Manners

Teaching a Big Cat Manners I hesitate to even post this because stupid people will think it possible to tame and train a big cat and evil people will take it out of context. You can never make a pet out of an exotic cat. Teaching not to bite can be the most challenging phase of raising the cub and early acceptance of play manners is critical. When your Lion or Leopard cub is 5 weeks old and only weighs ten pounds, it is ever so tempting to roll around on the floor with him and forgive the occasional nip on the heel. If you allow this sort Read More

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Housing

Housing the Kitten or Cub 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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Tube Feeding

Tube Feeding Exotic Cats and Cubs Tube feeding an exotic kitten should be a last resort and under the supervision of your Veterinarian. If a kitten is refusing to eat there is always a reason and the source must be determined before tube feeding will be of more benefit than harm. Most commonly, a cub will refuse to eat because it feels sick to it's stomach. It may appear hungry and bite the nipple, but then gag or spit it out when it tastes the formula. If you are sure that the formula has not spoiled and that it is the same formula offered Read More

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Formulas

Formulas for Feeding Exotic Cats & Cubs There is no substitute for the cub's own mother. 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 Read More

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Bacteria

Bacterial Overgrowth 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 of captivity.  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 Read More

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Wounds

WOUNDS AND BLEEDING There are two methods of treating the bleeding cat, depending on the location and severity of the injury. If the cat is squirting bright red blood, he has likely injured an artery and if the blood is darker and oozing, then he has severed a vein. An arterial injury will require a tourniquet situated between the heart and the bleeding extremity. Obviously, this won’t work if the cut is to the head, throat or body. If the injury is to the legs or tail take a piece of cloth or bandage and then loop it around the limb Read More

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Poisonous Snakes

POISONOUS SNAKES   http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/ http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/ The exotic cat will enjoy playing with a poisonous snake just as much as a non poisonous one, until he gets bitten back. Servals, Bobcats, and many of the smaller breeds are especially fond of chasing snakes. In the U.S. there are at least four poisonous snakes, as described below. If you suspect your cat has been bitten by a poisonous snake, and have seen signs such as laboured breathing, drooling, swelling at the site, pain, seizures, vomiting, Read More

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Shock

SHOCK SYNDROME http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/ http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/ Left untreated shock is a self perpetuating condition that results in death. It is caused by anything that effects the heart’s ability to properly circulate sufficient blood through the body. Any damage done to the heart, the blood vessels or the volume of blood can induce shock. When damage has been done via poisoning, heavy bleeding (internal or external) severe infection, over heating, severe impact (as from a fall or being hit by a car) or dehydration Read More

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Poisoning

POISONING Exotic cats are like two year old children their entire lives. Everything they see will end up in their mouths and a lot of it won’t be good. We had a sick Serval who eventually died from cancer, who we had to force-feed every meal for seven months. It was an all out battle to get good wholesome food into this cat, but one day a volunteer left a bottle of flea dip in the kitchen. You can’t get within ten yards of a cat with flea dip behind your back but this Serval found the bottle of flea dip and chewed the bottle in half Read More