Kricket Serval

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Female Serval
4/1/2001 – 8/16/2022 She was 21
Rescued 3/11/2011

Kricket the serval was born in 2001 and had been kept as a pet, but when her owners divorced, the wife decided that she didn’t have time for Kricket and began looking for a home for her.

We agreed to rescue Kricket and began preparing an enclosure for her with lots of places to hide and fun things to explore, she’d just spent the last ten years living indoors so we wanted to make her adjustment to life outside as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

Her owner was willing to contract with us to never possess another exotic cat, Kricket was then shipped from Virginia to Florida via Delta Dash.

We were at the airport to pick her up and Joseph the lion gave Kricket a roaring welcome to the sanctuary when she arrived!

Exotic cats kept as pets are often fed improper diets resulting in serious health problems.  Her former owner, a vegan, insisted that Kricket chose a predominantly vegetarian diet, but we’ve never known a cat to do so.

The former owner said the deformities that Kricket suffers from were from injuries and not diet related.

She insisted that Kricket preferred broccoli to animals, but here Kricket loves the variety of raw meat.

Whatever Kricket’s diet was it’s obviously taken a toll on the little serval, her back and rear legs show signs of stunted development and her tail is unusually curled, which is most likely the result of her past injuries, inbreeding that is common in the pet trade and her insufficient diet.  Some of Kricket’s bone deformities have improved since she has been on an improved diet.

Watch more about Kricket and a few of her new serval friends who were rescued the same year.

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May 12, 2019

Kricket enjoying a bloodsicle on a hot day in Tampa! Kricket serval bloodsicle

July 8, 2019

Kricket the serval loves lounging the sunny afternoons away amid her palmettos.

Kricket Serval

November 4, 2019

August 13, 2020

September 22,2020

September 23, 2020

October 6, 2020

Kricket Serval and her curly tail!Kricket serval curly tail

May 7, 2021

May 18, 2021

December 31, 2021 Kricket serval sees the vet

Kricket serval was noted as walking weird on her back left paw. Her nails were long and it was thought they may be the cause. Xrays showed significant arthritis in her paw and knee. She will continue her current pain management medications. Other than walking a little funny she does not appear to be bothered by it.

Kricket serval vet exam

March 29, 2022

Kricket Serval enjoying her enrichment!Kricket Serval enrichment

June 28, 2022

Kricket serval is 21 years old with significant kidney disease. We are trying sub-q fluids and bringing her into the AC to see if it is the heat or if she is telling us it is time.

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  1. Dear, sweet Kricket. Despite all you had been through before you started your life at BCR, you never complained. You savored each day, enjoying your new home, your good food, and your enrichment. Run free now sweetheart. You will be missed.

  2. Though I’m deeply saddened that sweet Kricket crossed the rainbow beige, I know with no doubt that Big Cat Rescue gave her the best love and care she could ever have and her days at BCR were filled with kindness and heart.

    Run free, sweet girl as you were always meant to do always.

  3. My dear, sweet Kricket, while I am saddened by the loss of your presence in our lives, I am also comforted knowing that you no longer have any pain or suffering. You were a bright, beautiful, and shining light, bringing joy to all who knew you. You will be dearly missed from this earthly realm. Now you have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and are reunited with your friends who went before. Run happy and free through lush green meadows, sweet girl. My deepest sympathies go out to everyone at Big Cat Rescue, especially Brittany and all of Kricket’s keepers who loved her so much. Your devotion to and care for this little angel provided her with a wonderful, long life. Thank you so much, BCR, for everything you do for these magnificent cats. All of us who follow your amazing organization grieve with and love you.

  4. I’m so glad Carol loved you and gave you what you deserved Kricket , now go run free an do chase butterflies across the rainbow bridge…..

  5. Sincere gratitude to BCR for giving Kricket the best 11 years of her life. She could not have been taken care of any better than by the Staff at BCR. She will be missed but I take solace in the fact that she lived a great life at BCR and suffers no more. Rest in peace, dear sweet Kricket.

  6. So sorry to hear about kricket she is in a better place now and she has friends who are waiting for her run free sweet girl

  7. Kricket Serval, I don’t know what to say. I loved you so much. But your pain is now all gone, never to return, and you’re healthy as can be now! You are finally wild and free as you were meant to be. Run fast and as far as you can! Chase the butterflies and fireflies! And enjoy your new wings of gold. And snacks, snacks, snacks! I’m going to miss your face and those long beautiful legs. This isn’t goodbye even though my heart is breaking. We’ll meet one day! Love, hugs, and headbonks. Run In Paradise Kricket!! ❤️🐱🐾🌈

  8. I just read the news about sweet Kricket crossing the rainbow bridge. I know she had the best care and I am sure that the right decision was made. She will not be in anymore pain now.
    Rest in peace, sweetheart.🌷🌷💓❤️💕

  9. I am so sorry Kriket had such a bad owner who caused such long term problems. I hope she sees this and realizes what she did. Hugs sent to all the keepers who did their best to fix Kricket and loved her

  10. Oh Kricket! How I loved you. You always gave a little chirp when I saw you and you have the prettiest little serval face. You are now free of that crippled little body of yours and can truly be the wild serval you were supposed to be. My thoughts and prayers as always are with the angels of BCR – the keepers, volunteers, staff, vet team, everyone who loved and cared for you through the years. Run free my dear Kricket.

  11. This isn’t goodbye Kricket. It’s see you later sweetheart. Joseph will be first in line at the Rainbow Bridge to welcome you home with his big beautiful roar, just as he did when you arrived at BCR. He and the other cats will show you where the best palmettos are, along with all the sicles, brightly colored enrichment toys and anything else your heart desires. You’ll love it! 💖 Say hello to all our past friends and know you’ll always carry a piece of our hearts with you and we’ll always keep you in our hearts, today and forever. Our love never fades. 😽🌈🦋🤗🕊️💗

  12. I’m so sorry for this loss. She will be greatly missed and I know how much you all loved her. May she Rest In Peace and May her memory be a blessing and bring you much comfort.

  13. Kricket may you fly high and free as were meant to be. Thank you to your family and friends at BCR and around the world for the continued care and love for Kricket . My condolences to all.

  14. Run Free, Kricket. I am so glad that you were able to live your last 11 years at Big Cat Rescue. I will miss seeing your curly tail even though it was caused by malnutrition.

  15. I am sorry you were mistreated Kricket. I am glad to have helped make your last days better. Hope you are happy wherever you are 🙂 <3

  16. Bad enough when vegan people try to put a domestic cat on a vegan diet; how horrifying a wild cat was subjected to such. I am vegetarian; my dogs and cats need their meat based diet. Vegan diets are only very short term, ONLY for an animal with severe food allergies, to find what they can tolerate. I would not subjects my dogs and cats to a vegan diet any more then I would subject my rabbits to eating steak.

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