Jan 21 2017

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Cat Updates

Kricket is on the observation sheet as having a slight limp today.  The keeper couldn’t tell which leg she was limping on because the limp is was slight.  She will be carefully watched and a video taken to be sent to the vets.

Will is on the observation sheet today.  He is acting normal so it is probably nothing but all the same he is on the observation sheet to be watched closely for any signs of behavior or appetite change.

TJ ate only part of his first breakfast today, keepers will keep offering him more food throughout the day/evening, as they do everyday.  Yesterday they were able to coax him into eating a combined total of almost 10 pounds out of the 1o to 14 pounds we want him to eat.

Mickey coughed this morning so he is on the observation sheet.  Keeper Alyssa watched him for a while and took a video and sent it to the vets.

King Tut ate his breakfast too fast and threw part of it up so the keeper went and got him more food.  He ate more slowly that time and walked away happy.  He is on the observation sheet.  He seems happy and fine, but we are watching him anyway.  He gave himself a long bath and stretched out in the sunshine for a contented nap.

Hoover is doing well.  He is eating and taking his meds, and he is pooping plenty, too.  He is alert and keeping a watch on everything that goes on within his viewing area.


 Facebook Live Videos

VIDEO:  How to Help the Cats for FREE

This is very short video that Afton has put together, we hope you will not only watch it but share share share it.  Below the video are both the link and the embed code to share it on YOUR social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Here are the links you can use to post this video on your social media pages.  We need all the shares you can give.  Since everyone can vote only once instead of once daily we need everyone to share this video or share the link VoteCats.com as often as they can between now and March 11th.

LINK for social media posts:  https://www.facebook.com/bigcatrescue/videos/10154128254936957/

EMBED CODE for websites or blogs:  <iframe src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbigcatrescue%2Fvideos%2F10154128254936957%2F&show_text=0&width=560″ width=”560″ height=”315″ style=”border:none;overflow:hidden” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” allowFullScreen=”true”></iframe>


 Announcing Facebook Live Winner

Each day that Carole does a Facebook Live video she asks a question and someone who answers it correctly wins a prize. So, go to Facebook and Like our Facebook Page and choose to get notifications of our live videos. Then participate in the contests, join in conversations in the comments area, too. Be sure to book mark BigCatRescue.org/win which is where you will post your answer to qualify for a future prize if you are the first one to get the correct answer.

1/20/2017 Contest

Question: If someone were to ask you about the wild bobcats that we rehab and release what page on our website would be the best link to give them?

Winner: Melissa Hvozda

Did everyone else who participated get your hi-res digital photo of Keisha?  We had a couple emails come back as undeliverable.

Answer:  http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

How to Find the Answer:  It is on our home page: http://bigcatrescue.org/ or you can go to our website and up around the menu click on the search bar icon  then type in “Bobcat Rehab and Release” then click the ENTER key on your keyboard or tap go on your device.

Winner’s Chosen Prize:  Hoover Tote Bag



 Karma’s Foster Kitten Update


Mars and Venus have both been adopted to loving furever homes!


VIDEO VIDEO:  Luke has a bit of the crazies 2 lol Jan 20/17

By Donna


You can watch the kittens playing daily at:  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana



If you live in the great state of New Jersey, we have fantastic news and a crucial request!

Bill A.3899 to prohibit declawing of cats was approved and will be voted on this Monday, January 23rd. New Jersey stands to become the first state in the nation to prohibit the cruel and unnecessary practice of cat declawing. However, it can’t advance through the Assembly without your help.

Please find your Assembly member by zip code here and make a quick call to his/her office between now and January 22nd:

You can simply and politely say: “My name is ______, I live in (town/county of residence) and I strongly support Bill A. 3899 to prohibit cat declawing. This practice is harmful and unnecessary. I hope the assembly member will vote in support of this bill.”

If you’d like, you can add that declawing is associated with health and behavior problems for these cats. Many experienced veterinarians who are fully educated on the issue refuse to perform it; they assert that it does NOT keep cats out of shelters – rather, it often puts them there.

Please encourage your feline-loving friends and family in New Jersey to call as well. We can’t thank you enough for your active support – it is making a difference!



  Cat of the Day – Cheetaro

Male Leopard
Date of Birth 7/19/98
Rescued 11/2003

Cheetaro arrived at Big Cat Rescue in November 2003 from a roadside zoo. Cheetaro was confined to a corn crib with his mate and bred constantly so that his cubs could be sold.  They braved the New England winters together where a chill factor of -18 degrees wasn’t unusual.  They had no way to escape the sleet and snow.  They had only the shelter of the corn crib’s tin roof and a box.  They had no choice but to  survive by enduring their fate together.

When the roadside zoo closed in 2003, Cheetaro’s mate was sold off and Cheetaro, being male and of no value, was sent to Big Cat Rescue.  Here he lays lazily in the sun on top of his den, or can hang out on his platform, but he has forever been separated from the mate he loved.  We tried to track down his former mate to reunite them but she was simply gone, lost forever in the exotic pet trade.  (We would, of course, fix them so there would be no further babies)

One of the wiliest cats at the sanctuary, he spends hours stalking visitors from his shaded cat-a-tat. Like all leopards, he excels at sneaking up on people when their backs are turned. The keepers are always very aware of where Cheetaro happens to be whenever they clean his area or prepare his food.

We can never make up for the previous life he had to endure, but we try every day to make life as enriching as we possibly can for him.

Here at Big Cat Rescue build our enclosures around the trees.  Some of the cats love to climb and whenever possible we try to give them that opportunity.

When Cheetaro first came to Big Cat Rescue he did not know how to climb a tree.  Scott Lope and the keepers would lock him out of one side of his enclosure and then they themselves would climb up in Cheetaro’s tree to place treats there.  Cheetaro would watch them, with great interest, from the other enclosure.  After the keepers exited his enclosure and opened the tunnel door Cheetaro would walk around and around the tree looking up at the treats.  It took him a while to figure out how to get up there but once he did he was so proud of himself.

Cheetaro Leopard lounging in his tree.

As Cheetaro got older the keepers added a platform under his favorite lounging limb to make it easier for him to get up and down.


Past Videos that have Cheetaro in them.

Past Video: Big Cat Summer June 2011


Past Video:  Cheetaro Moves to Leopard Island July 2015


Photos of Cheetaro



See more about Cheetaro at:  http://bigcatrescue.org/cheetaro/


Sponsor Cheetaro at:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/leopard-sponsorship


 Big Cat Gift Shop

Cheetaro Leopard Mug

Cheetaro is represented in wild style on this sturdy white, glossy ceramic mug. This brawny version of ceramic mugs shows it’s true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered. Dishwasher and microwave safe.


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

VIEWER VIDEO:  Run Seth Run 1/21/2017

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Hoover having some breakfast 1/21/2017

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  The Keeper Tour had snacks for TJ

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  TJ’s Cute Roll 1/21/2017

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Squirrels doing a dance while Seth is chewing a stick 2017 01 21

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  If you’re really cute and know it roll around 2017 01 21

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Seth’s Caturday morning breakfast 2017 01 21

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Seth- on the tunnel and in the tunnel 2017 01 21

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Seth having a drink and marking log 2017 01 21

By Susann


VIEWER VIDEO:  Hoovie morning, Hoover in Recovery January 21

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Morning Seth! VR January 21

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Hoovie breakfast, Hoover in recovery January 21

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Thank you Hoovie for sitting so close to the cam, Hoover in Recovery January 20

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Hoovie in Alert Mode, Hoover in Recovery January 20

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  The most beautiful nose in the world! Hoover in Recovery January 20

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Big Seth checking the tunnel, VR January 20

By Ruxandra


VIEWER VIDEO:  Seth having so much fun in the pond and playing with a stick, VR January 20

By Ruxandra


 Global Cat News

ONE:  National Tiger Conservation Authority tells forest department to submit report on tigress death

TWO:  Sariska needs more forces as poaching threat looms

THREE:  Skeletons of 800 LIONS to be shipped to the Far East sparking fury from conservationists

FOUR:  Animals find new homes at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

FIVE:  Mountain lion plates proving popular

SIX:  First tiger photographed in Darjeeling’s Neora Valley

SEVEN:  LSU’s next live tiger mascot won’t attend home football games

EIGHT:  Leopards, Tigers, and Lions at Big Cat Rescue Sample Catnip with Hilarious Results!


 Quick Link Reminders

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