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
Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address.
This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on Read More
Her name is pronounced RYE-zuh
and is German for Journey
and it certainly is appropriate for a cougar who was born into the pet trade in 1995 in Texas, was shipped to New York and then traveled to a rescue center in South Florida before taking the last road trip, at the age of 18, to her forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team.
From a former volunteer:
Hello! Here is some basic information about Reise the cougar and Read More
Big Cat Rescue has begun publishing iBooks for iPad on iTunes. Many of them are free. All of them have photos of the cats who call Big Cat Rescue home. We hope you enjoy this new venture and will share the books, and this link, with your family and friends. We will continue to add more books to this collection throughout 2014. Any feedback from you on this new project would be greatly appreciated.
Featured Book: Big Cat Care, How To Start A Sanctuary
Big Cat Rescue has evolved since its inception in 1992. By 1997 we had Read More
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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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
Update: 3/11/14: Thanks to our wonderful SkipAHolics, who keep a constant eye on our hospitalized cats, we were able to detect that Cypress the bobcat was straining to defecate again. She went in to Ehrlich Road Animal Hospital to be examined and it was clear that she is never going to heal properly and be able to pass food; not even the ground diet she's been getting. The only humane option was to euthanize her while she was asleep.
Tributes to her brief, but inspiring life, are here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/cypress-bobcat
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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