Big Cat Updates
Zabu and Cameron are still separated but are next door to each other. Cameron has access to half the roofed area and and all the open air section.
Zabu is doing very well, although, we are still watching her very closely.
Some of you have been asking about the biopsy on the lump removed from Cameron's ear. The biopsy is not back yet.
Zeus has adjusted quite well to less vision and seems relieved to not be getting eye drops twice a day day.
All the cats who had dentals are eating well and are taking their meds. All is well.
Cats all ate their panacure.
The cats get a variety of meats but some of the old cats are really picky and when they reach that stage in life we give them whatever they want. Example: Sometimes, they get on a kick of wanting only turkey thighs so if they will eat more then we give them whatever they will eat. Yes, we'd prefer they eat more red chunk meat and more of their vitamin enriched ground mix, but if they say "no way" then we just give them whatever they want and however much of it they will eat. When they reach this stage in life it is all about getting them to eat as much as they will eat, so if that means giving them more of one kind of meat than another means they will eat more, well then that is what we do. That means when you see the picky cats eating a lot of turkey or chicken it is because that if what they have chosen for the day.
The picky cats get fed multiple times a day with a variety of meats. However, but the end of the day if they have not eaten enough, we have to just give them more of whatever the cat has chosen as their favorite food of the day.
Another feeding question is why do we feed them piece after piece as fast as they will accept it. A couple of the picker eater cats want their food fast. If we are too slow they will just refuse the food. If we give it fast enough they will keep eating. Again, when they reach this age and picky stage it is all about getting them to eat as much as possible. Some of the picky eaters like to take a bite, take a walk, take a bite, take a walk, etc. Keepers have learned which cats want it "shoveled in fast, and which cats want to mosey along slowly, and they accommodate the various cats' wishes.
Learn more about what we feed the cats. http://bigcatrescue.org/feed-cats/
Note to Newcomers: YOUR questions are ALWAYS WELCOME! If you wonder it, ask it! We are happy to answer questions. This saying comes to mind, "The only dumb question if the question not asked."
The tunnel has been down for 2 days waiting for Joseph to decide to go on vacation. This funny old lion does things in his own sweet time.
For Joseph to get to the tunnel that leads to the vacation enclosure Joseph has to go through his furthermost cage section, through one of Zeus' cage sections and then into the tunnel. In order to allow him to go through Zeus' cage section we need Zeus to move over two cage sections. That way there will always be one empty section between the two old boys. We do not want them to have a common wall because even as old as they are they could reach through the 4x4 cage wall wire and injure each other. Therefore, we need to main one empty section between them while Joseph passes through Zeus' cage.
This is another reason having our cages built with sections is handy. Each section on the big cats' cages is 1800 sq ft and every big cat has multiple 1800 sq ft sections. Each section has a den, a feeding lockout, a water station, etc so when one, or even two sections, get closed off they still have more sections and plenty of water, dens, etc.
In order to move Joseph through one of Zeus' cage sections to get to the vacation tunnel, Zeus had to first decide to move out of that section and over another section leaving two empty sections. One for Joseph to pass through and one to be the empty space between the two cats.
Also, Joseph has multiple cage sections too and he had to decide to go into the furthermost section. After has been able to close sections as Joseph leaves them to encourage him to move closer to the tunnel.
LOL, of course, when you pass through someone else's section you have to first pause long enough to check out all the smells and mark everything before moving on to the tunnel. It will be interesting see how long Joseph decides to hang
People sometimes think the cats have small cages because when we do photos and videos we zoom in so the cat fills the screen. If we were to zoom out so you could see the whole cage, the cat would be a tiny blop on the video and would not be as fun to watch. If you watch enough of our videos you will see times we zoom out and times you can see the keepers walking around the outside of a cat's cage sections, or see the cat going through the doors from section to section.
Learn more about out cages at: http://bigcatrescue.org/cages/
Cats: Joseph, Zeus, Reise, Mickey, Armani, Max & MaryAnn on FunCation, Keisha, Hoover, Kali chasing Afton, Amanda, Andy,
- Update on cats who recently got a dentals
- Cameron & Zabu
- Joseph taking his time going on vacation
- Chat with volunteers doing enrichment preparation
- Funny Afton tasted 'something' & the faces she made are hilarious
- "Scooted over one" means he moved over one section so we could close the doors to one of his cage sections.
- Afton & Carole chatting and laughing about how some of the cats smell like shampoo even though they obviously not been shampooed
- Why the cats get panacure
- What happened to Zeus' eye
- Carole talks about the staff meeting: Wildcat Walkabout planning.
- Carole talks about getting pumpkins for the cats
- See the trench that has been dug to Nikita Lion's cages for the new night vew cat update that is going in there soon.
- Gift shop grand opening
- Project Earth's pawsome video
- Why Reise can't go free
- Carole give a big shout out and thank you to all of you who have done and are doing a Facebook Fundraiser.
- Big Cat Rescue has been invited by Facebook to a conference in New York to learn more ways to use Facebook to help the cats.
- Yes, we do work with other sanctuaries. Carole recently spoke at a sanctuary conference about fundraising to help other good sanctuaries.
- Carole talks about how Cindy's new water color art piece captures the purr-sonalities of Cyrus and Chaos.
- Carole talks you are the hawk MaryAnn caught and Max pinned down. It has a happy ending for both cats and hawk.
- Why there isn't many photos of Gabrielle
- Everyone is eating well and taking their meds
- Blocking the view area between Kali and CamBu.
- Carole talks to newcomers about our haters, who they are and why they hate us. She talks about welcoming and being patient with newcomers.
- She updates you on the extra cams for Seth & Andy.
- She thanks artists, and talks about adding the art on shirts at Amazon.
Are there subjects YOU would like to hear Carole talk about on the live videos?
An artist, whose work Carole really likes, has offered to paint one of the cats' to raise funds for the sanctuary. Carole has asked for recommendations which cat and which photo she show send him for the painting to be done from? We are REQUESTING YOUR INPUT.
The following have gone on to find their purrfect homes:
Fingers still crossed for Maya, although she's no longer on the adoption page so I'm guessing she was adopted after the adoption letter came out.
Bashful is still in the hospital with URI.
Join us in giving the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PUIVDF) some love. Surf by their Facebook page and let them know how appreciated they are. https://www.facebook.com/PEIVDF/ While you are there, PLEASE give them a FIVE STAR Review. Just click on the stars and it will popup a space for you to give them a review. Be sure when you click on the stars to click on the last star in the row so you are leaving them a 5 star review.
A few days ago we asked each of you to surf by the Facebook page of The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation to give them a 5 star review as a thank you for the work they did here doing dentals on 6 cats ( Seth, Zabu, Gabrielle, Priya & Amanda and our cougar, Sassy ). When we asked you to do that they had only 18 reviews. We are THRILLED to report that they now have 87 reviews, all of which are 5-stars. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! If you have not had a chance to thank them yet, please do. They also now have 3,815 page "Likes" which is thrilling to see. They deserve it!! If you haven't liked their page yet, please surf over and do that.
The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation http://peteremilyfoundation.org/ is world famous for their charitable work; fixing big cat teeth. In addition to volunteering their services, they bring vets who are training to learn from them and a slew of techs and their PR person.
We asked them to come help us address lingering dental issues for the tigers: Seth, Zabu, Gabrielle, Priya & Amanda and our cougar, Sassy. Dr. Gingerich came up from The Pet Dental Center in Bonita Springs http://petdental.center/ to observe and help. Our own vets, Dr. Justin Boorstein and Dr. Liz Wynn, of the Ehrlich Animal Hospital came as well, and Dr. Justin invited a vet from his practice, at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Dr. Christine Glenn.
The way the PEIVDF vets work is in pairs or trios, all working in the cat’s mouth at the same time. All of the sedation and handling of the cats is done by the sanctuary and their own vets. This is how they can complete so many procedures in such a short period of time.
Keeper Afton: Diablo, one of our Savannah cat, is not too fond of me. He only likes me during meds time when I have a treat for him. Otherwise he hisses at me all of the time. Cameron really really likes me. I get called out of my office all of the time to feed him because he won't eat for anyone else but me.
I am overwhelmed with the amount of love I am receiving from everyone! Gifts were not necessary, but you really know how to make someone feel special. Thank you everyone for all of the love and comfort I have gotten in the past few days!! I live to provide the best care and safety to all of our big cat residents!! I’m so happy I went with my gut feeling on Sunday and was able to get a team together to help Zabu. A special thank you to all who was involved that horrific day, and to the donors that got us the equipment to make it possible. Much love!!!!
Jamie Veronica: Gabby's paw print
Merchandise made with the cats' paw prints can be found at: https://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/search?q=paw+print
Keeper Brittany Mira (yesterday): Eager to check on all the babes that got dentals over the weekend ❤️ I may cry happy tears when I see Bu. #gabrielle #tiger #bigcatrescue #wild #wednesday #bigcatsofinstagram #notpets #nomorecages #keeper #volunteer #tampa #florida #sanctuary (photo of gabby the day she arrived at BCR)
Keeper Brittany Mira from October 7th: Sweet Zabu saw the dentist today.... I had the pleasure of watching her while she was waking up from anesthesia. She has really stolen my heart since becoming a senior keeper. I absolutely LOVE the heart that she wears on her cheek... and look at that adorable paw? I would have stayed with her all night if I could have
Keeper Brittany Mira from October 6th: Just a little flash back Friday video of baby Nabisco the day after he arrived at BCR ? He is one of my operant cats and I'm so proud of how far he has come. Such a silly boy ❤️ excited to see him tomorrow #flashbackfriday #bigcatrescue
I just got done watching today's walk about with Afton feeding Joseph and then mostly about what you said at the end. You sounded so sad, your voice sounded really sad talking about the people who say bad things about BCR.
It really touched me and I feel I wanted to reach out and let you know that I've never been to BCR I've just been watching BCR on YouTube and Facebook and Twitter for a little over a year. BCR has come to mean so much to me I can't tell you how much watching the evening walk about after work, on the weekends or even on my breaks has come to be such a huge part of my life.
I just want you to know that you all touch so many people in such a positive and fulfilling way. That I've seen negative YouTube's and things like that. I tend to just blow it off and I've never even watch them because there's simply no reason to. The fact is, that the transparency and everything that you share with us; the good, the sad… everything. People can see what an excellent life you provide for these cats that would normally not have anything at all.
I've seen the pictures of when Zabu was rescued and the sores all over her bottom and how wild and unkept Cameron looked when they were rescued. People notice these things and how these cats are transformed living with you. I often say how you can look at Zabu's fur when they do a close up picture of her and you can see that she is fed good food and clean water and has a good life because all that Health radiates through her.
And it isn't just the health that radiates through the cats it's also the contentment. You can see they're not afraid. They're not angry or unhappy. Well Joseph is grumpy but he's also a very old man so yeah that's kind of par for the course.
Please rest assured that you have many many people who love you love what you do and who support you and think that everyone at BCR is amazing. Please don't feel like when people say mean or negative things that isn't the majority of us. The majority of us love you and love everything that you do. We totally don't feel anything bad or negative about you because Zabu had a bad reaction and had an accident in the pond. Accidents happen and how everyone from Afton to Dr. Justin… everyone how you all responded so quickly at your own personal peril. No one can fault you for that and no one should blame you or say something negative because of an accident.
Just know that you all are very appreciated very admired and very loved.
Thank you Melanie for this heartfelt letter. I wasn't sad, so much as exhausted, because every time a cat dies or has a stroke, or an accident, or any other mishap, the haters just come out in DROVES to be as vile and derogatory as possible. It really is our best opportunity to educate them, and they do usually become avid supporters, but it's exhausting and it takes our small staff away from more important tasks to end the trade.
The only consolation is that converting these people is helping us achieve that goal. I am actually glad that the bad guys twist such events into such obvious lies that it is possible to chip away at their support base, through patient education.
Would you mind if we shared your letter, and my response here to the daily updates page? It may help others understand better what we are up against.
NOTE: Melanie gave us purr-mission to post her letter.
Cindy from Art By Cindy has created some fun Facebook Covers for YOU! You can grab them from here and use on your Facebook pages, if you'd like to. Today's theme is Halloween.
Hissy serval Halloween Facebook cover photo
Happy Birthday Facebook cover photo featuring Keeper Alyssa's photo of Amanda Tiger
Be sure to drop by Cindy's art page and "Like" it as a THANK YOU for the wonderful art she shares with the cats.
Here is a Beautiful photos of Mickey Cougar Cindy did as well.
Cindy has allowed us to use her art to raise funds for the sanctuary. Here are two shirts using this amazing art work of Mickey Cougar. Each shirt is available is a variety of colors and sizes.
To Keeper Afton from big cat friend, Barb Colvin:
- Big Cat Attacks
- Cat Chat
- Day Tour
- Cat Bio
- Big Cat Bans Enacted
- Zeus Tiger
- Amazon Smile
- Safari Days (lots of Safari Days Gear still available)
You can donate to the cats at NO COST TO YOU when you select Big Cat Rescue, Corp. as your charity on Amazon Smile and shop Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com. it is exactly the same as regular Amazon EXCEPT when you use the Smile URL Amazon donates .5% of your purchase to BCR. Adds up to over $20,000 for the cats in the last year! Please sign up at http://BigCatRescue.org/smile and let me know you did so we can thank you. :)
Help support the cats by setting up a Facebook Fundraiser. It's really easy. Learn how at: http://bigcatrescue.org/facebook-fundraiser/
Did You Know? Here at Big Cat Rescue, literally 100% of your donations are spent directly ON THE CATS!!! We are able to adhere to that strict policy because the other sanctuary expenses, administrative expenses, salaries etc come out of tour fees and other sources of income. We are extremely serious about donations being used JUST FOR THE CATS!
Because of adhering to that strict policy regarding donations, and all of the other ways Big Cat Rescue is transparent in our operations, we have earned Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” EVERY YEAR since we were first evaluated by them in 2010.
Exciting: Here is a quote directly from Charity Navigator’s rating letter “Only 7% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations.” Big Cat Rescue has done it for 6 consecutive years.