Precious

Precious

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PRECIOUS

Female Bobcat

DOB 4/1/92  DOD 1/27/14

Rescued 11/15/92

 

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.

  12. so sad that our earth is less beautiful today without the majesty of this proud cat

  13. So sorry for the loss of precious. You have all done so much for her. I know she appreciated it all. Carole, so tough to have to be in that position. It's never easy to make the right decision for our beloved critters. Much appreciated for all you and our staff do.

  14. So sorry to hear of this loss. So grateful for what you do for these beautiful creatures.

  15. Bless you. I know this is probably the hardest decision that you must make for their welfare.

  16. Heartbreaking- and it has to be traumatic to you and everyone at BCR to make the decision when one of the cats is suffering. They may not be pets, but they are still part of your extended family. I'm sure Precious is at peace and can be wild and free.

  17. My husband and I are saddened to hear that Precious died. As I am in the field of physical therapy (of the human variety), I was really touched to hear the story of her rehabilitation after her first stroke. This would be my dream job! You are all amazing people to care for these amazing animals. We plan to make it a yearly event to visit when we are down for our anniversary in November. Prayers for all those who loved Precious.

  18. Thank you for making her life special and being caring until the end

  19. I am truly sorry for your loss and deeply aware and grateful that all of you give such care and love to all the cats there, from the greatest to the smallest.

  20. Poor baby precious

  21. I'm so sorry to hear that…. God Bless her and all of you guys for the wonderful work that you do.

  22. Bless you dear lady. I know it is hard when you have to make a decision like you made, it is never easy. You are a wonderful person and I truly commend you for your work and efforts for these beautiful cats. Precious knows that you loved her and cared for her. She has gone to a beautiful place were she will always be well and beautiful. RIP pretty baby.

  23. It's one of the hardest decisions to make…and one of the great gifts we can give to end suffering…RIP, Precious…and thank you, Carole, for giving these beautiful cats a good life and peace at the end – even through your tears.

  24. I'm so sorry, Carole. I think the worst thing I ever had to go through was having my beloved ginger tom, Peanut, seize while he was nestled in my lap. All I could do was hold him until it was over and he awoke from his post-ictal daze. It's horrible. My heart goes out to you and all the wonderful people at BCR.

  25. I know that must have been so hard for you to make that decision even though it obviously was the right one. I had been following Precious online after her stroke and was rooting for her to get better. I feel sad that she’s gone, but feel comfort in the fact that you rescued her from a most likely horrible fate and gave her the best possible life in captivity.

  26. You were there for Precious when it counted I'd we could have more compassionate people like you we would be one step closer to a better wildlife world. Thank you for tue time and live you invested in this beautiful creature. Sending love and light from Texas.

  27. Carol I know how hard that must have been for you. Making that decision is always hard even if its obviously the right one. I had been following Precious online and rooting for her to get better. But I guess she was old and sooner or later we have to say goodbye. Feel comforted in the fact that you rescued her from a most likely horrible fate and gave her as good a life as possible in captivity.

  28. What a great life she had!!! Just short of 22y.o. Is amazing. You all did the right thing in 1992 and again on this sad day. But we all have to pass and it is less painful after a long & happy life than when they are young & had no chance. So don't be too sad- be happy about the life you gave Prescious & how her story has reached people & will hopefully be a positive example to support the good rescue programs Like Big Cat Rescue. Thank you for all you do!

  29. You had a good run, Precious. You're free from pain now, and can climb all those trees on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge to your heart's content.

  30. ugh. I know myself and others know the feeling of that decision, and I'm sorry you had to go
    through it. she's at peace, comfortable now.

  31. Thank you for taking such great care of these babies. Cat heaven, Precious.

  32. I'm so sorry, Carole. It's been a tough time for all the kind people at BCR recently. I hope you all can find comfort in knowing that you gave all the cats a better life than they would have had without your help and love.

  33. I am sorry to hear about Precious! I watch your videos from time to time and imagine what an honor it would be to be able to be so close to these amazing creatures. You are doing a wonderful thing for them. Thank you for that.

  34. If there is compassion in the universe Precious was unaware of her circumstances and did not suffer. Those of you who witnessed her troubles and demise are the ones I hope get a hug tonight. It is never easy to see someone else in their last moments. You are doing good work for wonderful creatures. I am so glad that Precious had you to care for her.

  35. I am so sorry for the trauma for everyone. I have followed Precious for some time and this was a shock for me too. I am just so grateful for all of you and what you do and what you have done for her. Take heart in knowing that she was surrounded by those who loved her and wanted only the best for her. I will be sending lots of love, light and healing to you all. RIP dear Precious. God Bless BCR!

  36. Sorry for your loss of Precious. I enjoyed watching her as she recovered from her first stroke.

  37. Bless you, dear lady for having the strength and love to care for these beautuful creatures as you do. RiP, Precious; run free and greet all your neighbors and our babies who have gone before.

  38. Heartbreaking

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