Big Cat Rescue's Feeding Protocol
Big Cats Love Feeding Time!
Nutrition is the process by which an organism takes in (ingests), digests and assimilates food. The types of food ingested and the manner in which they are taken in are as varied as the animals in the sanctuary. Nutrition is a science, while feeding sanctuary animals is an art. Feeding involves the animal's behavior, the kind of food, when, where, how and why it is fed; the preparation and presentation of the food; feeding records and the sanctuary Commissary.
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Giving an Exotic Cat a Pill
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
WORKPLACE SAFETY PROGRAM
Table of Contents
Section I - Management Commitment and Involvement
Section II - Safety and Health Training
Section III - Safety Meetings
Section IV - Safety Committee
Section V - Safety Inspections
Section VI - First Aid Procedures
Section VII - Accident Investigations
Section VIII - Workplace Safety RulesSection IX - On Property Safety
Tour Guide Procedures Class
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These big cat attack stories are from 1919-2014. There are quite a few, so a search for keyword may be helpful.
For an Excel sheet of incidents by state, by year, by species and by country go HERE
Click to see the killings, maulings and escapes by big cats by total for each state.
See a list of all of the known tigers in USDA facilities in America. Note that no one knows how many are in backyards and basements of private owners who are not required to be licensed by USDA. See Read More
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
Webcam for Cypress
Watch Cypress the Bobcat live via WebCam here:
Video clip from DropCam showing how we care for her in the recovery cage:
The Rescue of Cypress the Bobcat
January 4, 2014 9:28 am a call comes in from Bob Strouse who reports that a bobcat has been struck by a car and has dragged herself off the road at Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Hwy 27 in Winter Haven, FL. He has called Animal Control, Read More
Natasha the lynx was rescued from being turned into a fur coat 20 years ago. Since then she has lived in progressively larger cages, but has never had an unobstructed view of the sky. This may be her last year on this earth. Would you give her the chance to see the stars above and bask in the sun, in an enclosure that measures in acres rather than sq feet? Cougars, bobcats, servals, caracals and other exotic cats are in need of room to run too. We will be using the area that you see in the video, but it needs totally different walls to keep Read More
How much is that "kitty" in the window?
If you are thinking it might be really cool to have a big cat as a pet, take a few minutes to consider the costs. But first check out the slideshow to see what it means to the cat. Most people think the cost of the cat is the big expense, but that is just the beginning. (Although keep in mind that statistics show that 98% of the exotic animals bought as pets die in the first 2 years.)
We have 100+ cats representing 16 species and eleven years of experience in caring for them so our Read More
Is there a way to allow people to visit during regular business hours and still get our message across to them that wild cats don't belong in cages? This tour experience is something we have been trying to figure out from the early days of the sanctuary. Originally the reason was so that people could experience what it is like to be in a cage, with the cats having much more space and freedom than the human. In the following layout, the humans are confined to a narrow space that is a solid wall on one side and a 10' high cage wall between them Read More
Big Cat Care
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