Bobcat #17-2688

During the past few days, the staff continued to leave a wide variety of food for injured Bobcat #17-2688. The team also made the decision to leave the bobcat alone for two days -- with no peeking and no surrounding noise around the enclosure, in case the adult cat was stressed by the presence of humans and sounds. Dr. Alexa was extremely happy to report on Sunday that the bobcat finally ate! Oddly enough, one food option that was eaten was a rat slurry -- blenderized rat parts -- which could mean that the bobcat's hairline mandibular fracture is uncomfortable. Fortunately, the bobcat ate another rat slurry during the day on Sunday, which makes this an excellent option for delivering pain medications.

The vet staff have been in touch with a surgical specialist about the jaw fracture; while a specialist may be able to surgically fix the fracture, the staff have to weigh the risk of stressing the bobcat again, causing her not to eat. Many domestic cats with this type of fracture don't eat after surgery and need to have a feeding tube placed to maintain nutrition; this would be extremely difficult with an adult wild bobcat. As long as the bobcat keeps eating, the staff will keep her on cage rest and will continue to medicate her through food.