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.

We Made a Splash!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Colby, male Siberian tiger, in the pool.
Thank you! We won a prize in the Pet Paradise Resort and Day Spa “Life is Short, Make a Splash” campaign. Catty Shack Ranch won a special $1,000 prize thanks to all of you who voted daily and encouraged friends to support us!

We are grateful to the Pet Paradise customer who nominated us as a participant in this contest. This prize helps keep our residents happy and healthy!

Nero, our pool loving tiger wishes he could have voted; he totally loved the title of the campaign!

Thank you for all your support!

August Event Extravaganza

Friday, August 14th, 2015 0 COMMENTS


What better way to mark the end of summer vacation than to visit Catty Shack Ranch before school starts! The Ranch will be open for Daytime or Night Feedings on ten consecutive days, starting Thursday, August 13th.

Daytime tours will be offered Sunday, August 16th through Thursday, August 20th. Gates open and tours begin at 1:00 PM with last admittance at 3:15 PM. Sunday the 16th is our regular monthly “Enrichment Event” with the animals. Watching them enjoy ‘bloodsicles’ (popsicles for big cats) and play in their pools may make you want to indulge in a sno-cone, cold drink or other refreshment from our concession stand.

Our usual Friday and Saturday Night Feedings occur on August 15th, 21st and 22nd. Gates open and tours begin at 6:00 PM and the feeding starts at 7:30 PM. We encourage you to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 PM to enjoy the tour and spend time with the animals before the feeding begins. Last admittance is 7:15 PM.

Roar N’ Snore Registration Now Open!

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars with lions, tigers, and cougars? Now’s your chance! Join us April 25-26 for our bi-annual Roar N’ Snore Camp-out fundraiser. Due to the limited number of campsites available, you must pre-register.

Dates: Saturday, April 25 @ 3:00 PM – Sunday, April 26 @ 11:00 AM

Adults (ages 12 & up): $105 Each;
Children (ages 3-11): $50 Each

What’s Included:
12’x12′ Campsite Near Our Animals
Dinner on Saturday
Night Feeding Tour(limited ONLY to Roar N’ Snore participants)
S’mores and Bonfire
Breakfast on Sunday

Click here to register now!

Topaz Receives Chemotherapy

Friday, March 6th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Unfortunately, one of our Siberians tigers has recently been diagnosed with cancer in her toe. Thankfully, the teams at Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine and Kingsley Animal Hospital are helping us with chemotherapy for her. Although the cancer is terminal, we hope by providing this treatment, Topaz’s quality of life will not only improve, but also extend for at least another year.

After just one treatment, she has already shown an increased appetite and energy. The tumor in her toe has shrunk as well. Click the video below to watch a wonderful video about Topaz from News4Jax!

If you would like to help donate to Topaz’s treatment, you can donate online. Thank you for everyone’s support! #TeamTopaz

Topaz Video

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