Right Click HERE and then select "Save Target As" for an Excel Chart with a complete chart of Sanctuary Standards.
For Exotic Cat Care Standards go HERE.
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How can you tell a real sanctuary from a fake?
It’s actually easier than telling a diamond from a cubic zirconium because if you look at them, under any light at all, they are easy to tell apart. The problem is that the fake ones insist on keeping you in the dark. Some legitimate sanctuaries Read More
Big Cat Rescue’s Animal Collection Plan
Rescues aren’t planned, but we can make certain that our involvement will be guided by our core principals and not by our emotions. Big Cat Rescue is an exotic cat sanctuary and as such will ONLY acquire exotic cats into its collection.
The cats chosen for inclusion will be selected on a case by case basis. Any animals accepted from the pet industry will require the surrender of the pet owner’s license and a written agreement to never again attempt to make a pet of an exotic animal.
Because Read More
Big Cat Rescue is a permanent retirement home to exotic cats, but sometimes people dump other animals at our gate. If we can find a sanctuary that is better designed for these non cats we may consider their disposition using the following guidelines:
A. Living Animals
Successful animal management efforts rely on the cooperation of many entities, both within and outside of The Global Federation of Sanctuaries (GFAS.) While preference is given to place animals within accredited member institutions, Read More
Get a brochure you can print and share: Living with Bobcats
Depending on where you live, you could one day be called upon to care for an injured wild cat. The Bible says that God knows when the sparrow falls, and I believe that God knows how to get help to his injured cats. Perhaps His reasoning is more geared toward making better people of us by coaxing us into caring for something other than ourselves, but whatever the reason, if you keep big cats, the day will come when you will be called upon to care for a Read More
Fleas and Ticks
FOR FLEAS WE RECOMMEND AND USE ADVANTAGE BY BAYER. IT IS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR VET AND IS THE SAFEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE REMEDY WE HAVE FOUND
CAT OWNERS BEWARE: FLEA PRODUCTS LABELED FOR USE ONLY ON DOGS CAN BE FATAL TO CATS
USP Publishes Report in July 15 Issue of JAVMA
Rockville, MD – "Severe illness and fatalities can occur in cats when their owners apply flea products intended for use on dogs only," said E. Kathryn Meyer, VMD, coordinator of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Veterinary
Practitioners’ Reporting (VPR) Program. Read More
Worming and Parasite Prevention
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
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
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
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