Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 7/6/95
Divinity was sold from a fur farmer to an individual, along with an unrelated mate, Takoma, when she was only a few days old. She was bottle raised for three weeks before the new owner had a heart attack and could no longer care for the kitten. The woman had seen our video and knew that Big Cat Rescue could love and care for her little ones and we have.
Divinity’s color is almost silver and her disposition is pure gold. She was so tiny and frail when she arrived that there were many nights we thought would be her last, but she wouldn’t give up. She was always a nervous little cat and couldn’t sit still for more than two minutes at a time.
You may notice that her feet are very floppy looking. That is from a botched declaw job as a kitten. Cats walk on their toes and declawing hacks off the last digit of their toes so that they are forced to walk on their heels. As they age, that becomes harder and harder for them to do.
Divinity Bobcat When She Was a Kitten
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Most of our bobcats were rescues from fur farms. The deal we made with the fur farms was that he would pay top dollar for every cat and kitten they had as long as the fur farmer would agree to never buy and breed cats again for slaughter. It came at a time that the public outcry was against the fur industry.
Some of our cats were purchased at auctions where the uncaring owners were dumping the cats with no concern about their welfare. We still accept many unwanted cats each year, but do not pay for them and now require that their owner surrender their license, in an attempt to keep people from just trading in their cats each year for a newer, cuter model.
The only way to end the abuse caused by the trade in wild cats is to pass a federal ban on the private possession of exotic cats.
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