Dec 20 2016

Keeper’s Log

Hoover is doing fine after his surgery and while he’s being fussy about taking his meds and eating, he’s doing it.

It’s too soon to say how Zouletta Serval is doing.  At 18 years it can take them a day or so to shake off the effects of anesthesia.  That’s why we don’t sedate them until we are sure it is necessary.  The cats catch and eat frogs and lizards, which make them sick for a few days.  The symptoms are vomiting, lethargy and inappetance.  If it is a frog or lizard that made them sick, they will recover on their own in 3 or 4 days and we will just deworm them afterward to get rid of any nasty parasites they may have ingested.  Kidney failure, which is what gets most exotic cats in the end has the same symptoms, so we don’t sedate the cats until we have ruled out something minor, like eating a reptile.

Even though our vets are experts in sedating exotic cat species, as they do 70-90 wild cat procedures per year, it is still very dangerous for exotic cats and sometimes they don’t wake up.  We are keeping a very close eye on Zouletta, in person, and on the webcam below, and watching for any signs of improvement.  If we see that, you will be the first to know.

Priya Tiger is doing great.  She really likes getting up on top of her den and being the tallest cat in the area.  She’s spent her whole life being one of the shortest tigers, so it’s a real treat for her and shows us she’s feeling better.

TJ Tiger continues to be fussy about eating, (he ate 9 lbs this AM) as does Cameron and Joseph.  I stand in awe of our keepers and their never ending patience in getting these cats to eat.  We’d like to see these boys eat quite a bit more but getting them to do it is not always possible.


cub-tiger Fun Fact: How to Tell Andre, Amanda, & Arthur Apart

Arthur‘s stripes create what looks like a paper chain especially on his left side.

Andre is the biggest of the three and he has a big notch in his ear. He also has ‘check marks’ over each eye.  Andre has some chaining but not as much as Arthur.

Amanda is the smallest. I love her tail the most. It looks to me like the astrological sign of Leo with three dots. The top dot is darkest and biggest. The second dot is smaller and less dark and third even less so.  Amanda is more shy and more bossy.


12 New Reasons

2016 hoover tigerThis year we have 12 new reasons to ask you to please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Big Cat Rescue. Our precious cats can’t speak for themselves, so we are appealing to you on their behalf during this season of peace, love and giving.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are so thankful for your donations, which allowed us to rescue and become the permanent home for 12 more exotic cats! In April we rescued Hoover, a former circus tiger from Peru. Kept in a tiny circus cage for most of his life, Hoover has really blossomed at our sanctuary and loves swimming in his lake.

2016 sassy cougarThen in October, we took in bobcats Dryden, Kewlona, Nabisco and Smalls along with cougars Josie and Sassy from a troubled sanctuary in South Dakota that lost its USDA license. Sassy, the oldest of the group, will be 18 in January (over 100 in human years). During her difficult life, she has been bounced around to at least 4 different facilities. At some point the tips of her ears froze off. But her suffering is behind her now and we plan to spoil her for the rest of her life!

In November we rescued five tigers – Andy, Charaka, Gabrielle, Priya and Seth – from a failed facility in Colorado.  Four of the tigers settled in nicely, but almost immediately we knew something was very wrong with 13-year-old tigress Priya. She wouldn’t eat and her belly was distended. We rushed her into surgery and discovered an infected uterus and 20-pound mass that needed to be removed. Had our skilled vets not realized she needed emergency surgery, she would have died. Thanks to your donations, our amazing vet team saved Priya’s life! She is still recovering and we hope she will soon be able to enjoy her life in good health here at Big Cat Rescue.

2016 priya tigerAs you are making your year-end, tax-deductible donations, we hope you will consider Big Cat Rescue. We are so very grateful for your support of our sanctuary and cats!

This year, thanks to The SHARE Foundation, Fields Galley Private Foundation and an anonymous donor,your gift will be matched dollar for dollar for the first $38,000 in donations, so it will go twice as far for the cats!

Best wishes from everyone at Big Cat Rescue for a purr-fectly healthy and happy New Year!

To securely donate online, click here: common/public/?donate_page_ KEY=12026


film Videos From Viewers

VIEWER VIDEO ONE: Tigers Love to Swim & Splash Compilation

A collection of clips from the webcams of tigers swimming and splashing.  Thank you, Susann!

kitten Note To Viewers

If there is a particular cat you want an update on, please ask in the comments section at the bottom of this page.  Also, you will see we updated the “Quick Link Reminders” section.  This was done to honor a request from viewers to make that section more user friendly.  Please let us know if there are pages on this website that you think should be added to that section.


 Big Cat Kids

Free Coloring Page for the kiddos.  Click on the picture to get the full size version to save and print.

If you like drawing coloring pages and would like to draw some for us to share on this page, please email

Free Coloring Page for Kids Tiger


a-playball Quick Link Reminders

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