November 17 2017

Big Cat Updates

SUMMARY: What does grumpy Joseph lion like besides ice cream? Why do the cats rub on the side of the cage? Big cat fact – LIONS, Turkeys for tigers, plus videos and more.

Keeper Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Report for Thursday, 11/16/2017

We tried the new flea treatment today. We had success with a lot of the cats, but chicken drums were not a good delivery food for these pills. Ground beef worked well with a lot of the big cats, as well as soft, easy to swallow foods. The small cats were a little trickier, but stick feeding and cat food worked really well on most of the picky/smart cats.

Keisha was moved the empty cage next to her. We’ve started scrubbing the algae from the back bubble of her cage. Most of the outside was done, and the inside was started.

The now empty cage next to Sundari was finished being raked and fresh dirt added.

Will Bobcat was put back outside today.  (See photos and videos on yesterday’s update)

That’s about it!

– Lauren Grant


Facebook Live Video Replays

We all know Joseph LOVES ice cream, but does this grumpy old guy like anything else? Yes, yes he does…Thanksgiving turkey! BigCatTV.com

Cooper Bobcat soaks up some early morning sun. https://explore.org/livecams/big-cat-rescue/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release

Tigers swim and play in their own lakeside habitat at Big Cat Rescue. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake

Master Keeper Devin Feeds Tigers and a Lion their evening meds and snacks at Big Cat Rescue.


 People Often Ask

People Often Ask:  Why do the cats rub on the side of the cage?

In the wild you will see big cats marking their territories by spraying urine, clawing, or rubbing their cheeks against trees, rocks and overhangs. They are marking their territory and telling everyone else that this space is THEIRS.

Cats don’t want to fight with each other because the loser could die or be impaired by their injuries, so they do their best to mark their space clearly so that there are no accidental encounters.

Even your house cat rubs to mark things they claim as theirs. They’ve been domesticated for thousands of years, so they aren’t going to kill you for sitting on the sofa they just marked and claimed, because they’ve figured out that we just aren’t clever enough to understand the rules.

In captivity, big cats have been deprived of just about everything, but there is one thing they can still do. They can mark their space and they can defend it.

When a big cat rubs up against the wire that separates them from their Keeper, what they are really saying is, “I’m just reminding you that this is where I draw the line! As long as you stay on your side, we will get along just fine.”

They will allow the food to come across the line, but often bite the sticks, because in their minds, only the food is allowed to enter their space.

Sometimes people who want to show off will say the cats are seeking their attention and that they don’t want to deprive them of being petted. That’s just evidence that they don’t understand even the most basic sign language from the cats in their possession. The cat may let them get away with it for a time, but hundreds of people have been mauled and killed by captive cats, because one day the cat decides to teach that person some manners.

Next time you see a big cat rubbing up against a cage wall, you will know what is really going on in the cat’s head.


 50% Sale – Limited Offer- Elegant Tigers Eye Beaded Bracelet

We started the week with 75 coupon codes, by this noon today there were only 40 coupon codes left and as of 3:30 pm this afternoon ONLY 12 coupon codes are left.  The coupon code is for 50% off.  The beautiful bracelet is not only eye catching but also protects tigers !!

  • Coupon codes expire midnight ET November 18, 2017
  • If you have Amazon Prime there is free 2 day shipping.
  • These can only be shipped to the U.S.
  • Limit one coupon code per person.
  • Fits a 7.5 inch wrist, so not a child’s bracelet, despite the ads.

They will go fast so email Win@BigCatRescue.org to get your coupon code while supply lasts. (U.S. Only)


 Big Cat Facts

The Lion’s diet consists of wildebeests, antelope, zebras, wild pigs, buffalo, impalas, and other hoofed mammals. The Lionesses do all the hunting in large number of groups or pairs. Prey will be approached with stealth until it is in range, then the cats will lunge and kill the prey by biting its neck.


 Buy a Turkey for a Tiger

It is time again for our annual drive for funds to purchase extra turkeys and game hens for the cats for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Would you like to help us provide special holiday treats to your favorite cats?

https://BigCatRescue.org/turkey is a secure webpage to donate to this fund at.


 Big Cat Public Safety Act

Has YOUR Reppresentaive Co-Sponored yet?  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1818/cosponsors?r=30

Have YOU made the Call of the wild at http://BigCatAct.com yet, this week?  Have you asked at least one friend to make the call?


ClipArt film Past Videos

FAQ Friday: Putting Meat In Enrichment Items – Published on Mar 24, 2017 – Many of you ask or suggest us putting meat in our enrichment items. This video explains why we DO NOT put meat in these items for the cats.


 Quick Links – https://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/ These links will come in handy as you beging teaching other about big cat issues.  Let us know if something needs to be added.  Are there questions you are having trouble finding answers for?


 Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

CAT LOGIC 2 – Published on Mar 18, 2015 – How cats see the world around them! It can be very confusing to be owned by cats, but it’s always funny! 🙂 Here are some examples of cat logic… Let us know if you’ve had similar experiences with your cat or any different examples you liked to share with us, so we can continue to understand the cat… or not! 🙂


 CAT-Opoly Back In Stock, AGAIN

Cat-opoly is a feline frenzy of fun! Buy your favorite cats such as the Tonkinese, the Ragdoll, the Abyssinian, the Sphinx, or the Maine Coon.

Cat-opoly is a feline frenzy of fun! Buy your favorite cats such as the Tonkinese, the Ragdoll, the Abyssinian, the Sphinx, or the Maine Coon. Land on Catnip and collect everything in the center of the board. Collect Litter Boxes and trade them in for Fish Bones. You may have to pay dog tax to get past the neighborhood bully, a spike collared bulldog, or worst of all, you may fall in the water and be out for three turns. Cat-astrophic!...there's nothing madder than a wet cat! Cat-opoly is great fun for family and friends. A perfect gift for all cat lovers! For ages 8 and up, 2 to 6 players. Warning: Choking Hazard Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.

Land on Catnip and collect everything in the center of the board. Collect Litter Boxes and trade them in for Fish Bones. You may have to pay dog tax to get past the neighborhood bully, a spike collared bulldog, or worst of all, you may fall in the water and be out for three turns.

Cat-astrophic!…there’s nothing madder than a wet cat! Cat-opoly is great fun for family and friends. A perfect gift for all cat lovers!

For ages 8 and up, 2 to 6 players. Warning: Choking Hazard Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.

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