Sophia the Cougar
Female Cougar DOB 1/1/91 Rescued on 1/22/09 DOD 7/24/10
"Will anyone give me $200 for this fine breeding age puma?" the auctioneer's voice blasts over the loud speakers in the livestock barn during an animal auction in Louisiana. An animal abuser raises his number, thinking to himself, that he can mount her head and that of the male cougar he just bought over the T. V. in his trailer. The gavel slams down and Sophia's life has just taken a perilous change for the worse. She and her Read More
Skip the Bobcat
Skip's injuries made it impossible for him to be released back into the wild because his pelvis canal healed too narrowly to pass fur and bones. He has to be kept on a soft diet and have constant monitoring to make sure he doesn't get blocked up. Skip has gathered a huge fan club called the SkipAHolics and they check in on him via web cam videos and photos taken by our Keepers below. They have set up a donation page to gather some things for the Big Cat Rescue Wishlist here:
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Big Cat Rescue's Exotic Cat Standards
For general Sanctuary Standards click HERE.The Felid family definitions for the purpose of this document
Small felids (under 20 lbs)
Medium felids (under 60 lbs)
Large felids (over 60 lbs)
(regardless of species as a juvenile bobcat could be too small to be contained by 4 x 4 mesh and would thus fall into the category of small felid until they reach maturity)
Defined as the following adult species:
Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurusrubiginosus)
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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.
To read the Federal Trade Commission's charity checklist, click HERE.
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.
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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