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
Female Siberian Tiger
DOB 6/8/94 - 11/24/11 (Thanksgiving Day)
Simba was owned by a woman in Ohio who had declawed Simba and had the cat’s large canine teeth pulled. Supposedly this made Simba “safer” to be with people.
The woman would chain Simba to the ground with short chains so the tied down cat could not stand or turn to bite people. Then the woman would charge visitors to go in with Simba and straddle her to take photos.
After years of people getting hurt, the woman finally lost her Read More
MODNIC Female Siberian/Bengal Hybrid DOB 1993 and died 3/12/12 from mammary cancer.
Modnic and Trucha were thought to be siblings. We do not know their actual history, however they were born in the same year and shared the same enclosure. Trucha has been bred nearly to death at Savage Kingdom and has since died from reproductive cancers.
Modnic was rescued from Savage Kingdom, a breeding facility that was shut down by officials in 2006. She has become quite comfortable in her new surroundings at Big Cat Read More
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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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, diarrhea, or paralysis, Read More
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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 (from vomiting and diarrhea, Read More
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
COLD EXPOSURE, FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA
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Chilling to a newborn or young kitten can quickly lead to death. The most common cause of hypothermia that we have encountered is to get up at 6:00 a.m. and go out to check on a very pregnant female only to discover that she has given birth and not known what to do. We would often find the kits still in their sacs, cold and wet and quite dead. Many a time the lifeless little forms have been revived and have grown into loving adults, so we never Read More
Dehydration can be the result of exposure, prolonged disease, injury or any other cause that prevents the cat from sufficiently retaining body fluids. As blood is the stream of life, it is important to keep it flowing to all parts of the body. A sick or injured cat may refuse to eat. In the wild the cat will crawl away to die as quickly and painlessly as possible and will do little or nothing to prolong their agony. The exotic does not know that we can cure most of his problems so he will not help us keep him alive in the Read More
Burns can be caused from excessive heat, electrical shock, chemicals and too much sun. The severity depends upon the exposure and depth of the burn. A superficial burn is indicated by redness, blistering, slight swelling and tenderness. A deep burn looks white and the fur falls out easily in the affected area. A deep burn over 15% of the body will usually result in death due to the loss of fluids and the onset of shock.
Treat by packing with ice, or cold water for twenty minutes to relieve the pain. Clip away the hair and wash Read More