Sept 2 2016

Kalahari Serval

Hurricane Hermine slammed into the “big bend” area of Florida as a Cat 1 (74-95 MPH), far enough north of us that we escaped any major damage.  We still have power and the Keepers are already on the scene doing our morning routines.  The cats have been kept locked in their roofed sections, in case any trees fall over in the open air Cat-a-Tats due to the water logged soil.  As soon as there is enough light, I’ll try to do a walkabout to show you the cats in their dry dens. Meanwhile, subscribe to our YouTube.com/BigCatRescue channel as Afton is posting a video about what we do in a storm.

Kalahari Serval is 20 years old in 2 weeks. Yesterday she ate a little, but later was breathing hard and unable to walk. We brought her into the Windsong Memorial Hospital and Dr Justin has sedated her to do X-rays, blood work and see if there is anything we can do for her.  She looks to be in congestive heart failure and fluids had built up around her heart and lungs.  Dr. Justin gave her Lasix and you could immediately see the improvement in her lung capacity. Kalahari Serval got sub q fluids and spent the night inside to keep her dry and warm. This morning her shallow breathing is very worrisome. We’d hoped that the medications Dr Justin gave her would help her breathe well enough to give her more quality time, but there isn’t anything we can do for congestive heart failure. This evening we made the sad decision to euthanize her to end her suffering.  Her necropsy showed 200 cc of fluids in her chest meaning that her body was creating this suffocating fluid sac faster than the meds would ever be able to dispel it.

Spirit Feather Bobcat was captured and given the last of her kitten shots.  She wasn’t happy about it, but we are glad she’s protected now.

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