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Precious

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Female Bobcat

DOB 4/1/92  DOD 1/27/14

Rescued 1992

 

Precious came to Easy Street from an auction when she was about six months old. She is a Texas Bobcat, which is the most dramatically spotted variety. She lived in the house for a while, but she was never house broken and never trusted people. She seems happiest to have people keep their distance and admire her from afar.  She shared a 900 square foot Cat-A-Tat with Shiloh and Indian Summer for many years and then, one day, they decided they didn’t like her anymore and wouldn’t let her come down, out of the tree, to eat.  Vern built her another Cat-A-Tat with a great climbing tree so that she can live near by them, but not have to worry about being attacked.

 

Clipping Bobcat Claws

 

 

Physical Therapy

 

 

Oct. 16, 2013

 

Precious and the Great Pretender were both on the Vet Observation Chart yesterday (2/18/13) at Big Cat Rescue. Pretender wasn’t hungry, which never happens, and Precious was said to have a long toe nail that looked like it might be hitting her paw pad when she walked.

Precious Bobcat used to climb trees all the time, but is 21 years old and barely even uses the ramps that were constructed up into the tree for her. Pretender is also 21 and both suffer from periodic neurological symptoms, but have been in amazingly good health for their age.

It would be very risky to sedate a bobcat this old, just for a hang nail, so Dr Justin Boorstein and President Jamie Veronica came up with a plan to clip the nails while causing the least amount of danger to the bobcat. This is a long video, but pretty amazing footage that has probably never been captured before.

Some cats, including Precious were purchased at auctions where the uncaring owners were dumping the cats with no concern about their welfare.  The people bidding on such cats were usually taxidermists or those who owned canned hunting ranches.    There is much controversy over whether we did the right thing by paying the ransom for these cats.  We still accept many unwanted cats each year, but do not pay for them and typically 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.  We have to turn away more than 100 cats each year due to a lack of space and funds and the lack of regulation of the exotic pet trade. Read more about our Evolution of Thought HERE

 

Jan 27, 2014:  Precious Bobcat suffered a major stroke today. She was sedated to halt the seizing, but an exam showed that her bones were softening and bowing to the point that she wasn’t able to walk, and she was euthanized. She would have been 22 in April.

Her memorial page is here:  https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/precious-bobcat

Note from Carole:  Some things just can’t be unseen.

I just hate days like today. I got a call saying that a cat was having a seizure. There are some things that are so painful to witness that I wonder, “Was it harder for the cat, or those of us who could only stand there and watch while waiting for instruction from the vet.”

Thankfully, Dr. Wynn answered her phone and was able to come immediately but every minute seems like hours when a cat is suffering. I knew this was the end for this cat, and that I would have to be the one to say so, and hated that I am in a position to have to make such decisions.

The cat’s suffering was over in a few minutes. I may never be able to forget what I saw or what has to be done. I know that those with me suffered as greatly, or maybe even more, because they aren’t in the position to decide. I don’t know what is worse, actually.

There is no escape from this and I hate it.

43 Comments

  1. We were born just 11 days apart. I would have loved to celebrate 22 circles around the sun with her. At least she is no longer suffering and is in peace, and we can celebrate that she lived a long life.

  2. Don't beat yourself up Carole. You and your staff did so much to help Precious right up to the end. She knows that she was loved.

  3. God bless you Carol, and your staff.

  4. I'm so very sorry for little Precious' passing. Thank you for taking such great and loving care for her. You made the right decision….she's no longer in any pain…RIP Precious… :""(

  5. Rest in peace Precious xoxox

  6. So sorry to hear of dear Precious' passing. Thank you for helping her live a beautiful long life at BCR. Thank you for all that you do.

  7. sorry to hear that. If he is healthy you may have quite a few years left to enjoy with him

  8. Praying for you and the staff in this time of grief. I know what a difficult decision that was, having had to do it for one three of my cats over the past few years, but when our Smoky, our precious pet had seizures, I felt so helpless. After his third one in as many days, it was time to make that decision. I cannot describe the pain and feeling of helplessness watching him suffer through the seizures. He is at peace now, having crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I'm sure Precious will meet up with him there. Bless you at BCR for all the loving and hard work you do to give all the cats a wonderful, loving home. <3

  9. I have memories imprintd in my mind that I wish I could erase from the many cats I've had in my life. When they try to creep in I try to switch to a happy memory & push the sad ones away.

  10. Carole, it takes an enormous amount of love to make that decision. You put her suffering over your own personal feelings. I hope you know this. Peace to you. It never gets easier, but rest in the thought that you gave her a gift, that only you were in a position to give.

  11. You acted from love and respect. It always hurts to be the one who decides. Bless you and bless Precious who is strong and free once again.