Feb 2 2017

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Big Cat Updates

The newest little rehab bobcat kitten passed her SNAP test yesterday and was vaccinated, deflead and dewormed.

What is a SNAP test?  It's a test to screen cats to detect specific antibodies to feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in feline serum, plasma or anticoagulated whole blood. A positive test result indicates that an unvaccinated cat has been circulating FIV antibody and therefore is likely infected.

What is FIV? Cats who are infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. Although the virus is slow-acting, a cat's immune system is severely weakened once the disease takes hold. This makes the cat susceptible to various secondary infections.  This is why we check all of our foster kittens, their mommas, and all incoming rehab cats upon arrival.  While FIV cats can live long, full lives, they shouldn't be allowed to come in contact with other cats for fear of spreading the disease.  A rehab bobcat who tests positive for FIV cannot be released for fear of wiping out the native bobcat population.

Have YOU SUBMITTED a Name Suggestion yet?  This little bobcat, who is still waiting for a name, (make your suggestion at BigCatRescue.org/win today) did NOT test positive for FIV, so we are happy that she's passed the first hurdle in getting to go free one day.


 Valspar Tournament Contest Update

Thanks for the big jump of over 1,000 votes yesterday!  WOW!!!

You can't imagine how exciting it is to see the vote count for the cats had jumped that much.  THANK YOU!!!

We asked you for 500 votes and you delivered 1,000!  WOW, just WOW!!!!

You all are amazing!!!!

At this point, if we get enough votes for Valspar to have more votes than all the other PGA charity tournaments than each vote could potentially mean about $3 each for the cats, up to about $65,000  We hate to keep asking, every day, but if you could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, keep this going for just a little while longer the cats stand a real chance of winning.


PLEASE, Keep posting this video.  The link are provided below.

  • Link for Facebook and other social media pages:  
  • Embed code for webpages and blogs:   <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/aagoRRz5BtE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>


If sharing a picture is easier than sharing a video, please do that.


AGAIN, for the Cats, THANK YOU!!!!!!


 Facebook Live Video Replays

VIDEO:   Big Cats Get Bloodsicles 1/17/2017

This video was broadcast live on https://www.facebook.com/endangeredanimals/



 People Often Ask

Do big cats get the same diseases as little cats?  Yes, and our cats are all vaccinated against the top cat killing diseases, including rabies.  The difference is that the vaccines have to be killed virus vaccines, as the big cats can often die from being vaccinated with live or modified live vaccines.  The problem is that there has never been studies done to show if the vaccines (of any kind) are effective in big cats.  That's just one more reason why people should never pay to touch a wild cat or cub and why they should never share those kinds of images on the 'net.

If a cat were to bite someone, the CDC could demand the cat's head be cut off and tested for rabies, even if the cat was vaccinated and even if the person who was bitten chose to get the antidote rabies shots.  There is no way to handle big cats without putting their lives in peril.  If you love big cats; just say no to petting.

 Global Cat News

2/1/17  Thanks to efforts by IFAW and Tigers in America, you can learn a lot more about Charaka and Priya's history before they arrived at Big Cat Rescue.  Part 1 and Part 2

2/1/17  Whose fault is it? Blame game begins after tiger mauls man in China.  It not only left in its wake a dead man, but a dead tiger too, and Chinese netizens are pinning the blame on the man, who had sneaked into the big cat's enclosure on Sunday in Ningbo, in China's Zhejiang province. - See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/whose-fault-it-blame-game-begins-after-tiger-mauls-man-china#sthash.hMxeisRj.dpuf

2/1/17  Video: Lion cub spotted roaming the streets of Abu Dhabi http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/167501/Video-Lion-cub-spotted-roaming-the-streets-of-Abu-Dhabi

2/1/17  The Truth Behind This Popular 'Liger' Cub Video Isn't Cute At All.  https://www.thedodo.com/liger-cub-russian-zoo-2228777035.html

1/31/17  Declawed, hungry tiger cub found in northern Mexico town.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4178292/Declawed-hungry-tiger-cub-northern-Mexico-town.html

1/31/17  Mountain Lion Found in S. Idaho Storage Shed http://wow1043.com/mountain-lion-found-in-s-idaho-storage-shed/

1/31/17  Pennsylvania senator sponsors bill banning traveling exotic animal acts — including circuses — from the state http://lancasteronline.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-senator-sponsors-bill-banning-traveling-exotic-animal-acts-including/article_e9314c1a-e7f4-11e6-b04a-4b04b44ae1d9.html

1/31/17  Couple who launched a fake tiger charity are embroiled in a multimillion-pound legal battle in the High Court.  Mrs Bray argued that money put into the Save China's Tigers charity was used to fund the couple's 'personal lives' but Mr Bray disagrees. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4180364/Tiger-charity-estranged-couple-return-High-Court.html

1/31/17  Sudhir Mungantiwar orders forest dept to shoot ‘killer’ tigress in Chandrapur.  http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/sudhir-mungantiwar-orders-forest-dept-to-shoot-killer-tigress/story-vCqn8gelrpHE3tXT86xpyK.html

1/31/17  Big cat riot: Top Twitter moments from National Zoo escape.  She's been recovered. http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/01/big_cat_riot_top_twitter_moments_from_national_zoo.html

1/29/17  Proposed law would regulate, eventually eliminate exotic pets in S.C.  http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article129467464.html

1/29/17  Will Ringling’s closure clear the way for federal circus legislation?  http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/316934-will-ringlings-closure-clear-the-way-for-federal-circus

1/29/17  NOW WILDLIFE CRIMES LINKED TO HUMAN-RIGHTS ABUSES.  International police coalition attacking organized trafficking networks.  Wildlife trafficking not only is a crime that costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year in damages, it also is linked to human rights abuses, with crews subject to crime lords sometimes the targets of violent attack.  http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/now-wildlife-crimes-linked-to-human-rights-abuses/#LLexQyO3tM8YmsVi.99

1/29/17  Poachers poison, mutilate lions in South Africa.  http://www.arabnews.com/node/1045861/world

1/28/17  Fourth mountain lion cub captured in Pocatello.  http://www.localnews8.com/news/fourth-mountain-lion-cub-captured-in-pocatello/297928609

 Cole & Marmalade

By popular request we are posting another Cole & Marmalade video.

VIDEO:  Cat Logic 1

If you want to share this video here are the links for you to do so.

Link for Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3p0EFtJIn8

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