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Enrichment

Big Cat Enrichment at Big Cat Rescue Watch another video of our enrichment HERE.     Enrichment Adds Quality to Life Bobcat Enrichment (photos are from pumpkin enrichment) At Big Cat Rescue, the volunteers formed a committee to focus on the development of appropriate enrichment for the animals in our care. When using different enrichment techniques, the animals can be stimulated to investigate and explore their surroundings. This can be accomplished by presenting novel food items (or presenting food in different ways), Read More

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Exotic Cat Infectious Disease Manual

Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive and Free ranging Wildlife in North America       An official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Infectious Disease Committee   Click Here to go get the Manual   See current USDA guidelines for Vet Care and Proposed Changes   Read More

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Caging Big Cats

CAGING See more photos and explanation of Big Cat Cages   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 cage. Because we have so many cats we have many varieties of cages depending on the cats’ needs. We will begin with our favorite cages and proceed down to our minimum cages. USDA only requires that the animal be able to stand up and turn around in the pen and that it be clean. Some states have minimum size standards but they, like Read More

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How to Rescue a Big Cat

Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about   How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat   About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:   "We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We'd like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes."   It just doesn't work that way.   Our response is typically, "The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 12 2013

Precious Bobcat Stands Up!   http://youtu.be/ZY3IQuKAWwM   This photo was from circa 2009 when Precious could get up in her tree.  She's had a stroke, at the age of 21, but has been working hard to get back on her feet and managed to do so recently.  The photo below is Levi bobcat during a recent vet check up.   Food Prep Photos The building was built by friends of Big Cat Rescue in 2003-2004 for $40,000.  The lion's share of the money raised to build it came from Jamie Veronica's college fund, supplied by Read More

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Litterbox

Litter Box Training Domestic cats win hands down when it comes to house manners and exotic cats are more easily influenced by what other cats show them than what we try to teach them. For this reason, we employ domestic cat mothers, strays with kittens of their own for the most part, to help us guide these impressionable little ones. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Stacie Wadsworth D.V.M., specializes in cat care with her own clinic called Carrollwood Cats and takes in all of the felines brought to her doors. She screens them for every known disease, worms Read More

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Hygiene and Pest Control

Big Cat Rescue's Hygiene and Pest Control   http://youtu.be/SHdRiks1vEE   INTRODUCTION Hygiene serves as a most important tool keeping sanctuary functioning property. There are several reasons why hygiene must be effective in the sanctuary. (a) Health Needs: to help prevent the spread of disease among animals and zoonosis between staff and visitors and the animals. (b) Husbandry needs: to provide clean safe conditions for the maintenance and housing of animals (biological needs). (c) Aesthetic needs: to provide a clean environment Read More

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Animal Husbandry

BIG CAT RESCUE’S BASIC HUSBANDRY INTRODUCTION   Much of the Keeper's time is spent in basic husbandry routines such as cleaning and feeding. Unless efficient procedures are mastered the Keeper can waste much time in unnecessary movement and labour, especially where large areas must be covered. Proper routines are efficient, effective and flexible; they have been developed over a period of time into the best way to cope with a particular job. Routines are always subjected to change as they deal with living, changing animals; routines Read More

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Critical Incident Hurricane and Disaster Plan

Big Cat Rescue Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan   Contact info:  Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130 fax 866.571.4523 Info@bigcatrescue.org USDA 58-C-0814 FL ESB 578 ID# 402067429 Lat 28.061125 Long. -82.571387 Hurricane Evacuation Zone Category? NO  Flood Zone? NO   Emergency Contacts: Veterinarian: Dr. Liz Wynn, DVM Ehrlich Animal Hospital 8009 Gunn Hwy. Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.0566 also Dr. Justin Boorstein, DVM Animal Coalition of Tampa. Sanctuary Operations  Read More

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Animal Health

BIG CAT RESCUE’S ANIMAL HEALTH PROTOCOL   INTRODUCTION The Keeper is the first line of defense in caring for the animals in the Refuge. Big Cat Rescue maintains a close relationship with two full-time Veterinarians, and their Lab Technicians. However, the Keeper, being responsible for the daily care of the Refuge's animals, plays an important part in the Big Cat Rescue’s animal health program. The effectiveness of the Keeper's role depends on several factors.   Attitude:The Keeper's attitude and the attitude of the Refuge's Read More
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