Born: Approx. July 4, 2021
Rescued by Big Cat Rescue: July ,2021
Released back to the wild:
Summer is a 2.5 week old bobcat came to us on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 very sick, weak, and immobile on the front limbs.
We are uncertain if she sustained an injury, or if she is battling a virus.
Nothing was found on Xray and blood work done prior to her arrival did not give any answers.
So we are treating her for both.
Summer Bobcat Arrives in Critical Condition
Jan 21, 2022 No Bobcats or Snakes were harmed in this video. Thanks to Camera Operators who discovered this bit of Nat Geo happening in our rehab area, our Operations Manager was able to rescue the snake from Summer.
August 2, 2021 As the daily struggle continues to get Summer feeling better, she doesn’t disappoint with her antics. Summer wants to know if you like her coon skin hat she loves playing with this stuffie and playtime is the only way I have been able to bribe her to eat.
This is what Summer thinks of hoomans after her vet exam today, lol. All kidding aside Summer did very well at her exam with Dr. Turner. She played nearly the whole time and would barely hold still for her blood to be drawn. We only took a very small sample today to check for some concerns. Thankfully she was negative for FIV and Felv. She was as suspected anemic. When Summer came to us she was covered in fleas. We suspect she has bacterial parasites in her blood as a result that are attacking her red blood cells. She has been started on a course of broad spectrum antibiotics and an iron supplement. In addition she is on steroids and nose drops to help increase her appetite. Summer is in very good spirits as always and we hope this new treatment plan will help.
Summer is improviing and has found her voice!
Summer bobcat eating and playing!
August 17, 2021 10 AM
Summer is not feeling well. She did not eat last night and had diarrhea and vomiting throughout the night. She is pretty weak and uncomfortable this morning. Xrays show the poop that has been blocking her up is still there but is much softer now. I will be taking her to see Dr Wynn today for an exam and to see what we can do to make her feel better.
August 17, 2021 4 PM
We still do not know what is causing Summer to feel unwell. She became lethargic and inappetent with diarrhea and vomiting overnight and had very low blood sugar and was dehydrated this morning. We have ruled out some things; she is no longer anemic, she has not perforated her intestines, and she is panleukopenia negative (although it is possible to test negative the first time and positive a second time). We are still unable to collect enough blood to send out to the lab for a full panel because she is so small, but we were able to run some blood at the clinic which showed a very low white blood cell count and liver fluctuations. We are treating her symptoms with sub q fluids, GI meds, antibiotics and probiotics. In addition she is receiving formula feedings ever 3-4 hours.
August 17, 2021 7 PM
So many ups and downs with my little girl. Summer had been doing awesome for nearly two weeks then last night started feeling unwell yet again. She is back on critical care and round the clock feedings. This poor baby has had such a tough go at life. She is a fighter for sure. But it breaks my heart to see her struggle.
August 19, 2021
Wild bobcats come to Big Cat Rescue for two reasons:
Injuries such as having been hit by cars or disease, illness, birth defects.
Kittens that have been separated from their mothers or orphaned and are too young to survive in the wild.
Upon arrival, the cats receive a full exam and given whatever medical care is needed for their injuries or illness. Blood is drawn and tested for infectious diseases. They are vaccinated, dewormed, and flea treated.
Injured cats are given the time and supportive care they need to heal. They must prove they can hunt and survive before being released. Our six rehab pens are 230 feet long by 20 feet wide giving the cats 4600 square feet of natural space to learn their skills.
When possible kittens are given a domestic surrogate mother. When a surrogate is not available the kittens are bottle fed but weaned from the bottle as soon as possible. They are then raised with as little human contact as possible and given opportunities to learn to hunt.
Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult than the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.
While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires that they are released very near where they were captured. They must be released on at least 40 acres and we must get written permission from the owner/manager of the property.
Big Cat Rescue has decades of experience rehabbing and releasing bobcats back to the wild where they belong. We provide huge, naturalistic enclosures where these cats can learn or perfect their hunting skills before being released back to the wild. We have trained staff who are experts at capturing an injured bobcat or hand-rearing orphaned bobcats until a surrogate can be found.
We go to great lengths to keep these wild cats from imprinting on humans and monitor their care via surveillance cameras to make sure they are thriving. When they are healed, or old enough for release (about 18 months of age) we find the best habitat possible for sustaining them and set them free to live out the life that nature intended.
Support The Bobcat Rehab Program
Will YOU Help us Rehab & Release more wild bobcats?
This rehab and release program is made possible by donations from friends like you. Your donation is tax deductible.
Did You Know? Here at Big Cat Rescue, literally 100% of your donations are spent directly FOR 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. CharityNavigator.org
Donate towards the rehabilitation and care of a native Florida bobcat at Big Cat Rescue. Donors who contribute $500 and up to support the bobcats will receive a beautiful ceramic tile with a color image of the most recent rehab bobcat and the donor name that will be displayed in the tour waiting area for a year and then permanently installed at the sanctuary.
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Bobcat Rehab Gear
You can find shirts, tote bags, mugs, necklaces, mousepads and so many more fun items featuring Rehab Bobcats in our online gift shops. Go to reach gift shop linked below and search “Rehab bobcat.” Your PURRchases of Rehab bobcat Gear helps us provide for all the cats at Big Cat Rescue and work toward ending the abuse and exploitation of big cats.
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Have you Sponsored one of the Bobcats in REHAB yet??
BRAND NEW SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!!
You can now sponsor a specific Rehab Bobcat with our Downloadable Sponsorship kits and get the same benefits we offer for our permanent residents!
Your sponsorship helps us to provide these cats with large natural enclosures, a healthy diet, exceptional veterinary care, and toys and enrichment during their time in rehab. Thank you for helping us care for them!
August 26, 2021 Update
An afternoon with Summer is play time at the park (outdoor exploring in her donated kitty play pen with an enclosed top) then cereal (chopped beef with milk) and cartoons (video compilation of animals at the farm and in nature).