We Welcome a New Resident! You Can Help Name Him!

Friday, October 16th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

white nosed coatimundi
Catty Shack Ranch has a new resident! He is a white-nosed coatimundi that had been a private pet. He was born in early June and has grown a lot since arriving at the Ranch at 8 weeks old.

When he first arrived, we kept him in isolation to protect him and all our other animals. He received vaccinations and vet check-ups just like a puppy or kitten. Now that he is bigger, he lives in the enclosure near Khala Hala and BJ, the leopards. He’ll be neutered when he’s about 6 months old. Ultimately, he may be introduced to Callie, our other coatimundi, to see if they can live together.

He loves to climb and explore his new home, burrowing in his blankets and hunting for delicious insects. He eats raw meat, veggies and lots of fruit. He enjoys cookies and marshmallows as treats, of course.

We’re holding a contest to name our cute new arrival! The fee to submit a name is $10 per name. The winner will receive a photo of the baby coati and a Family VIP Pass for 4 to the Ranch. Best of all, the winner will have bragging rights – how many people have had the honor of naming a coatimundi?!

Come meet our new baby!

Help us name him!

Here’s how it works: Each name suggestion is $5.00. All proceeds go back to our residents at the ranch (for habitats, toys, food, etc.). You may submit as many names as you would like until December 15. After December 15, our Board of Directors and volunteers will meet to decide the final name. As soon as it is agreed upon, we will announce his new name!

Good luck!

**The contest has ended. Please stay tuned for the announcement of the winning name submission!


Good News for Topaz!

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Topaz, barely awake.

Topaz, our beloved Golden Tabby tiger has good news to share. She visited SEVO (Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine) Clinic in Orange Park for a 6 month checkup following her radiation treatments earlier in 2015. Great News! She remains in complete remission from her lymphoma!

While there is no cure for lymphoma, her condition is managed by monthly chemotherapy doses. Earlier this year, she received radiation treatments on her foot, where the cancer had manifested itself. She also had surgery to remove damaged tissue and to amputate a damaged toe by Affiliated Veterinary Services. She healed beautifully and walks, once again, with a normal gait!

Come visit Topaz and her best friend, Binky. They have moved to the back of the Ranch next to our royal lion couple, Tal and Nyra.

Once again, thank you to all our friends at SEVO, AVS, and in the local veterinary community for all your care for our animals. We (and the animals) so appreciate your help!

If you would like to help donate to Topaz’s treatment, you can donate online.

You can also adopt Topaz online!

Thank you for everyone’s support! #TeamTopaz

Boo! Catty Shack’s Haunted Forest is Near!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Scary Halloween actor in the Haunted Forest
Get your costumes ready – it is almost Haunted Forest time! This will be our 10th Annual Haunted Forest and promises to be bigger, scarier and more exciting than ever!

Haunted Forest Dates and Times:
Friday, October 9th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 10th from 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Sunday, October 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM

Friday, October 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 17th from 3:00 to 9:00 PM

Admission Fees:
Children 2 years and under – Free
Children 3 – 11 years – $5.00
Adults (12 years and older) – $10.00

Featuring: Haunted Forest Trail * Kids’ Crafts & Games * Candy for the Kids * Surprises! * AND, of course, Our Animals!

Come in Costume! Enjoy the Fun! Visit our Animals!

Spoiler Alert: Colby, Monterey and Brie (tigers) are looking for extra-large cheese costumes.

Please Note: Our usual Friday and Saturday night feeding events will NOT take place during Haunted Forest weekends.

**The Florida Department of Transportation encourage travelers to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, and construction along the route to the Haunted Forest. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads, and other major metropolitan roadways.

For real-time traffic updates, travelers can call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com, download the free 511 mobile app on Apple App Store or Google Play, or follow FL511 on Twitter.

October Birthdays and Anniversaries

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Topaz, head shot.

We have only one October celebrant. Topaz, our Golden Tabby tiger celebrates her birthday on October 1. Our beloved diva is 16 years old and will enjoy her special birthday cake made of ground meat and evaporated milk. All birthdays and anniversaries are special days and this event is ever so sweet given Topaz’s current status as in remission from lymphoma.

You can adopt Topaz online!

There are no residents with October arrival anniversaries. Stay tuned for November and December as we have many birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Topaz!

September Birthdays at Catty Shack

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Birthday tigers

Birthday tigers
Come visit the Ranch this month and help four of our residents celebrate their birthdays! The tiger trio of Hercules, Aphrodite and Athena will be 13 years old on September 10th. It is hard to imagine them as once being puppy sized bundles of fur.

Spike will be turning 8 years old this month (exact date unknown). We treat the celebrants with a cake made of evaporated milk and ground beef or ground turkey, frozen in a heart-shaped pan. Spike thinks that since we don’t know his exact birthdate, he deserves cake every day this month. All four of these tigers are ready to entertain you as you walk along “Tiger Row”.

We celebrate anniversaries of the arrivals of our animals as well, however none of our animals came to live at the Ranch in September.

Happy Birthday Hercules, Aphrodite, Athena and Spike!

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