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, 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!

Terry Gets Stem Cell Treatment

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Terry, male Siberian tiger, with his enrichment.
We’re excited to share hopeful medical news about Terry, our 14 year old tiger. Terry is afflicted with a hip condition similar to dysplasia in dogs. If Terry were human, he’d be a candidate for hip replacement to maintain mobility as well as enjoy a pain-free quality of life. We’ve kept Terry as comfortable as possible while searching for a good solution to his problem. One of the newer, most promising medical treatments involves the use of stem cells harvested from the animal’s own body.

Dr. Steven Neihaus and Dr. Kevin Drygas of Capital Veterinary Specialists (in Jacksonville) initiated stem cell treatment on Terry by removing a small amount of fatty tissue from his shoulder. Stem cells were extracted from the tissue and several days later injected back into Terry’s hips. Stem cells have the capability of rebuilding and repairing damaged tissue so hopefully, they will do just this for Terry. He is resting comfortably and within 4 to 6 weeks, we hope to see positive results. Stem cell treatment has helped many house pets and we are optimistic that this sweet big boy will benefit too.

We are ever so grateful to Drs. Neihaus and Drygas and the entire staff at Capital Veterinary Specialists for their loving care of Terry. Our animals have benefited from the caring generosity and expertise of many members of the local veterinary community. Repeated thank-you’s, chuffs and roars to everyone who continues to help us! Your care has made a great difference in the lives of so many of our beloved animals.

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