Big Cat Updates
Nirvana ate well.
Angie is out of the hospital and back in her enclosure.
Moses is out of the hospital and back in the enclosure closest to the new building. He is separated from Bailey for now.
The Picky Boys
Hoover: 1/31/2017 he refused breakfast but then at 9:30 am with his meds he ate 6 pounds of chicken and pork. Then later in the day he ate another 6 pounds. He certainly enjoys being back outside. He is in Seth's enclosure next door to Keisha.
Cameron: 1/31/2017 it took multiple meals to get him to eat about 8 pounds. Keepers tried hard to get him to eat more but he insisted he did not want more.
Joseph: 1/31/2017 it took three meals to get him to eat about 10 pounds. He was offered more but but that was all he wanted.
YOU CAN SUGGEST names for the new, female bobcat kitten at BigCatRescue.org/win today only. We want a name that has something to do with NEW as she will be the first one in our new rehab area. Being a native American, we would also prefer something Native American. We are reserving the right to choose a name of our own liking, but are open to suggestions through this time tomorrow ET.
If you watch our LIVE Facebook feeds, you were kind of part of this rescue. During Moses Bobcat's procedure two calls came in back to back, but I couldn't take the calls because I was broadcasting live. As soon as we were done with him, I played the messages for Jamie, our resident bobcat expert, and she got right on it. Some of the details are sketchy, but here is what we do know:
The bobcat was apparently separated from his mother during the recent icy, rainstorm and a well meaning person captured the kitten in a bucket. For 5 days they managed to keep the bobcat kitten alive, but at some point the Florida Wildlife Commission stepped in and took the kitten to a school owned facility that houses some non releasable wild animals. The caregiver and one of his volunteers felt this little bobcat might be a candidate for release back to the wild, because he/she is so feisty, so they called Big Cat Rescue.
It took more than 24 hours of calls and texts back and forth about the kitten's worsening condition with diarrhea to encourage the school to let us intervene to save the kitten's life. Some of the decision makers weren't there, but in the end, the kitten had to see a vet, so he/she was released to us at about 6PM last night. The kitten was driven straight to Dr. Justin Boorstein for evaluation. Stay tuned.
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Who Names the Cats?
I get this question dozens of times a day, for the past 24 years, and it always struck me as unimportant, so I never did a blog post or page about it, but in time....I do learn.
If the cats have names, and we know it, we try to keep the name. For our medical record keeping, we often have to choose different spellings, or include their last name. For instance; Cleo-Cat-Tra is a common cat name and we've had a bobcat, cougar and serval with that name, so we list them as Cleo-Cat-Tra Bobcat, Cleo-Cat-Tra Cougar and Cleo-Cat-Tra Serval.
Nakita is another common name, and we have had Nakita Lion, Nakita Bobcat and Nikita Tiger (note the different spelling).
In the early days, when we were bringing in cats by the scores from fur farms, Jamie Veronica, my daughter, and our president, named them.
Sometimes the name they have on arrival is just too mean. One animal arrived with the name of Stupid, so we changed his name to Cupid. Sounds similar, but not as demeaning. Some cats come here as members of the witness protection program, so their names are changed to protect them until the litigation is done and they become members of our permanent family. Those details remain private until we are cleared by the government agencies involved in the seizure to reveal them.
Sometimes the cats are left at the gate (Moses), found in the desert (Desiree) or arrive in a group with no name on the crate. Sometimes we do a naming contest for the public, but usually have to have a secondary vetting of names because the public tends to not be very imaginative, and when it's based on the luck of the draw you end up with three legged cats being called Tripod, black cats being named Shadow and white cats being named Snowball.
Sometimes we have a naming contest by our volunteers.
One thing is for sure; everyone wants to name the cats. One of the most frustrating things I have to deal with, in the daily monitoring of the animals' health is that volunteers insist on calling the cats by their own pet names they make up. Joseph Lion becomes JoeJoe, which is confusing because if they say that JoeJoe didn't eat breakfast, I don't know if they mean Joseph Lion or JoJo Caravel. To make sure their medical charts and observations charts are correct, I have to keep a drop down list of their true names, so that the Keeper has to pick their real name, rather than write in their own personal pet name. With 92 volunteers, you can imagine how confused the record keeping would be if they each were allowed to use their own preferred names.
Perhaps no one said it better than T.S. Elliot
The Naming of Cats
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
From Keeper Brittany M
I've had several people in the last few days ask me who my favorite cat is?
That is literally THE hardest question. My typical response: Ummm well there is Joseph, Tiger Lilly, Pharoah, Seth, Gilligan, TJ, Aspen, Hoover, Ares, Smalls, Tut, Andi bobcat, Andy Tiger, Breezy, Reise, Sabre, Thurston, Angie, Little Dove, Banshee, Max and Kricket.... oh and Nirvana, Mickey, Cheetaro and Ginger. Impossible question. Then you have this nugget :)
From Keeper Afton
Mickey cougar really loves his popsicles!!! <3
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If YOU want to share this video here are the links to help make that easier.
Link to share on Facebook, G+, Twitter, etc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AQNnBFZMjI
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This cute captioned photo was made for us by Chris of Cole & Marmalade