Autumn Rehab Bobcat
Date of Birth: approx. July 15, 2021
Date of Rescue: November 1, 2021
Date of Release:
Autumn arrived to Big Cat Rescue on November 1, 2021.
Today Lauren and Brittany drove to Titusville Florida to pick up an injured orphaned bobcat kitten approximately three months old. She has been under the care of another rehabber for approximately two months. The kitten was found while it was still of nursing age by a hunter who claims a bear was after the kitten. He fired off a shot which spooked the bear and rescued the kitten. He also reported he saw the momma bobcat run off but appeared to be injured. This little girl has been named Autumn. Autumn is displaying both neurological and physical impairments. We are unsure at this time what exactly is wrong with her so she will be monitored closely and started on a course of medication to help with pain and inflammation. Once she is stable enough she will be sedated for an exam. Today was a big day for her and she is quite scared. The good news is she did eat some food upon her arrival. Stay tuned for updates.
November 2, 2021
Autumn’s first vet exam: Dr. Justin came to see Autumn. She had blood work and x-rays done and it seems most of her health issues are related to poor nutrition. Her bones are very soft, her pelvis is very narrow and she has a broken back leg that is healing on its own. She also has a curved spine as well. Her blood work was sent out for analysis. She will be put on medication for pain management for now until the lab work comes back.
November 8 update:
Autumn is eating, peeing and pooping (yay)! She has finished her first course of de-wormer, will have a follow-up in 2 weeks and then a fecal test to be sure she is clear of parasites. She is on lactulose to help her poop as she has a narrowed pelvis and there is concern she will not be able to process food without it. She started playing with toys yesterday and her new room addition with an outdoor area so she can get sunlight (Vitamin D) should be done tomorrow, November 9, 2021.