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It added: “We are doing everything that we can, including working closely with our own vets, and several vets who specialize in the treatment of canine distemper. There is no known treatment for the virus itself, so what we are primarily doing is supportive care: antibiotics to fight off secondary infections, fluids, and vitamins and other medications to help boost the cats’ immune systems… We are also using some experimental treatments that may help.”
Because of the dearth of information on how canine distemper affects big cats, “we are documenting everything, every day,” the statement said. Daily logs are being kept to record each animal’s symptoms, drug and vitamin dosages, and other medical information.
“Hopefully, these efforts will assist other facilities who may face this horrible disease in the future,” the statement said.
“Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to save our beloved cats, and they are receiving 24/7 dedicated nursing care by our tireless staff and volunteers.”
The center has 59 cats, but only 32 are “big cats” — tigers, lions and leopards. Smaller cats, such as cheetahs and cougars, have not been infected. Williams said they’re immune to canine distemper.
Of the 32 big cats, 22 have the virus, she said. Three of the animals are in critical condition.
“By the time we realized what was going on, the distemper had already spread out,” said Williams. To keep the disease from spreading further, she said, volunteers who are working with the infected cats stay away from those that are healthy.
Williams said center officials think the virus might have been transmitted through the urine and feces of raccoons, which walk along the tops of the cats’ enclosures. There has been an outbreak of canine distemper in raccoons in North Texas, she said.
She said the infected cats are lethargic, ignoring their toys and bathing pools and not eating well.
Since the outbreak was discovered, volunteers have been preparing special meals for the big cats — pork loin, bacon, deer, elk and so forth. The meals are a way to tempt them the take their pills, up to 50 a day.
“We do have some that seem a little depressed,” she said. “We don’t know if it’s because they lost the cat that they were close to. But they definitely knew when they lost Apollo. You can tell by their behavior. They act a little funny. They’re very perceptive.”
Apollo had been at the sanctuary for more than four years after being rescued from a Kaufman private exhibitor.
“Apollo had a really bad life before he came here,” said Williams. “He had been neglected and abused.
“Once we earned his trust, he became extremely friendly—to not everyone—but to those he trusted.”
She said the tiger liked to push around a 50-gallon barrel to get it to stand upright. He also liked to play in his water tub, then roll in the dirt until he was muddied.
Those wishing to help with the current crisis are asked to consider monetary gifts or donations of “meat (venison, duck, antelope, beef heart, chicken, turkey, Cornish hens, pork, steak, bacon, etc), and Vitamin C 1000mg, along with regular supplies such as hand sanitizer, paper towels, large contractor trash bags, towels, blankets, bleach, and bottled water.”