By special request, the Bobcat  

Straycatsetsuko 61F
96 posts
10/26/2005 9:06 am

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By special request, the Bobcat

One bright, sunny afternoon, I was driving through Tilden Park in Berkeley, CA, when I spotted something kinda lion colored on the side of the road. Being the schmuck for about anything with 4 feet and fur, I go check it out.

At the side of the road, barely conscious, was a local bobcat, kinda dun colored, about 25 lbs. It had been shot in the hip. First I drove to the nature study center, they said, oh, they don't do that, let them know when it dies, they feed roadkill and the like to some of the resident animals. Can't they tell a ranger? The ranger won't do anything but put it out of it's misery. Okay, so this stoooopit person with a soft head, uh, heart, goes back, stops the bleeding, loads the cat into the back of her car, and drives home.

At this point, I should probably say that I've worked with non-domestic cats, not just ferals, but big cats. DON'T TRY THIS YOURSELF. I knew what I was doing, and I was still out of my league.

I had a cat condo, a large, two-story cage for my street rescues and ferals, I reinforced it with 2x4s and lots of hanger wire, and put the lady in there. I'd looked under the tail by then. Then I started calling around to wildlife rehab places. No one would take the cat, but told me I shouldn't have it. HELLO! Protected animal! We're not supposed to let it die!

So, I called a veterinarian that I knew and he had the hots for me, so I figured a little purring would get this animal at least worked on. I attended the surgery that got the bullet removed, we shot her up with Baytril, a big gun in the antibiotic world, and I got another antibiotic to mix into her food. The top of her femur was broken, she'd lost a lot of blood, I'd have to hang onto her for a while.

That was a trip. The bobcat and our kitty cats are, generally, predator and prey. A bobcat will occasionally mate with a female in heat, and I know the guy who wanted this story is going to have a field day with that. But, generally, they're predator and prey. This meant keeping them apart. I put the cage and its bobcat in the basement, and went down there several times a day.

At first, I could handle her and change her dressing, no problem. But she started getting better. I fed her the same thing I fed all my rescues. I had them on a raw diet, and it's about the same throughout all the feline kingdom, and she ate it. I had to change her water, she kept peeing in it, so I had to put a roof over it, so she could only stick her head in.

I was about the only one she didn't holler at. A bobcat has a devil of a growl, you'd never guess it came out of something that small. And don't mess with those claws. What she did to the 2x4s and the cage in general, then the carrier I took her back to the park in, whoa! I was pretty surprised she didn't claw herself out of that carrier. The cage had to be continually reinforced, and I'm pretty glad I had the experience with other non-domestic cats.

After a while, I couldn't get near her, and got a sedative and borrowed the pole syringe from the place I worked to sedate her and check the wound. We did have an agreement, though, and she would go on the shelves in the cage while I gave her food and changed the water and litter. She did *see* the other cats, kinda as a reference for myself, and knew it was okay, but she was still a wild animal.

I would sit by her, and she would sometimes yell when she wanted attention. One of us would go down there, and read a book or something, she just wanted someone else there.

I had to sedate her for her recheck, then we moved her to where I'd found her. She was still sedated, and it took a while for her to come out of it. When she was done chasing flies, like they seem to do coming out of Ketamine, I opened the carrier, which by now was ready for the trash, and let her go. I'd had her about 6 weeks, and thank God she didn't go into heat on me.

I guess I'm glad I did it, but I sure don't need to do that again.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
10/29/2005 2:29 am

In my area we don't have wild cats or much other wildlife (that's what ya get on Venus), but we've had our share of birds, cats, dogs and other living things in our house for all kinds of reasons.

They deserve caring souls like you. On behalf of that bobcat: a big thanx, this must have been one awesome xperience...

Straycatsetsuko 61F

10/29/2005 7:09 am

Thanks. but I sure don't need to do that again. I'll go back to feral kitty cats.

lustmirror 63M
2897 posts
10/30/2005 12:49 am's amazing, just reading about it. I could never do it, but I'm envious of the encounter. and the happy ending helps.

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