Arctic just can’t catch a break! Because of Arctic’s constant struggle with infections, every now and then he returns to a transport cage in our Executive Director’s house just as a preventative measure, to make sure he is doing ok by monitoring him closely for a day or two. Then he is returned to his big outside enclosure. Well, it’s a good thing he recently had a house stay, because we noticed he was having difficulty urinating, something that we probably would not have realized until it was much too late had he been outside. He made a trip to the vet yesterday morning and it turns out he had a blockage in his urethra. There was about 1.5 gallons of urine that he was unable to pass. It was a very serious situation, and it almost killed him. He is all fixed up now and feeling so much better! We joke about Arctic being brought up to the house (he really gets excited about it and pouts when he is left alone in his enclosure for too long), where he watches his cartoons and gets lots of attention. Yes, we say he is spoiled, but if he had not been in his cage in the house this time, he could have died. We are so lucky that we caught this problem as quickly as we did! He is definitely a special needs kitty! #snowleopard #bigcatsofinstagram photo by @kristacope
Layla lion. That is either Sydney or Rasa’s behind in the picture. Layla used to live with the two tigresses before she moved in with Sampson. They were all raised together and got along fairly well. There were occasionally “communication issues” and some squabbling for the Queen B position though. We think Layla is much happier with her man. We KNOW Sydney and Rasa are happier without that bossy lioness around too! #lion #tiger #bigcatsofinstagram
The “Baby” pile. A very common sight around here, the 4 “Babies” love to cuddle with each other. Even though they are 8 years old, they are still best buddies and will often be in some kind of grouping when they nap (this is, clockwise from top, Allucia, JP, and Luca).
While rarely seen in the wild, did you know that a group of tigers is called a “streak”? While tigers are typically solitary, you will often see them in pairs or groups in captivity where they are raised together. #tigers #bigcatsofinstagram photo by @kristacope
This is Bagheera (Baggy for short), one of the 5 domestic cats that also call CARE home. They were all rescues too! Baggy lives in the vet center where the intern housing is. If you visit CARE she will probably be sitting in the window of the vet center ready to welcome you to her home. Be sure to say hi to her when you see her! #catsofinstagram
Another sad announcement from CARE-yesterday we lost the uniquely handsome Eerie. Many of you know of Eerie’s lifelong battles with a variety of health problems. The closest thing, in human terms, to what Eerie suffered from is Marfan Syndrome. Eerie was not supposed to ever see his 5th birthday. He had to prove everyone wrong and live almost until his 13th! Lately he hadn’t been doing too well, and yesterday he took a turn for the worst. We don’t know exactly what happened, but it surely was a complication of his condition. Due to long-term steroid doses to give him the quality of life that he had, it is likely he went into kidney/liver failure. We helped him on his way yesterday when we knew that there was no recovery in store for him this time, knowing that he was a miracle and that every day that we had with him was a day he wouldn’t have gotten just about anywhere else. He was such a special cat to so many people, just by being “different”. He also was extremely affectionate with his female CAREtakers, he gave love and kisses freely, although he was never one for male companionship. He will certainly be missed, but we celebrate his extraordinary life instead of mourn it.