Connecting Kids to Wildlife by Touching & Learning
November 13 I placed a foam garage mat in Max’s indoor cage to lift his housing off the cold concrete until I could purchase a bale of straw. Well, guess he was bored and/or didn’t want it in his cage because when I came home from work on the 14th, he had chewed it up. I didn’t know at the time that he had eaten quite a bit of it. His appetite was much of nothing but he was still alert and active. I wasn’t able to check his stools until Saturday afternoon and I found foam mat pieces in it. Ugh! I also found a stash of foam in his house. Double-ugh! I started giving him a laxative along with warm canned cat food. He did eat that. I avoided giving any chicken legs because of the bones which I didn’t want an obstruction in his bowels. So, daily I would knife through his stools counting and measuring the foam pieces. About six days after the incident, his appetite increased and the foam mat pieces continued to come out. It took 16 days for all the foam to exit his system.
On Nov 25, Max had a vet visit for blood tests and shots. We have to sedate the little bugger because he is a handful. A squeeze cage was purchased back in June for him and it worked great. We got the shot in him and he was out like a light. The only problem was that it took 8 hours for him to shake off the meds 90%. We’ll reduce the dosage next year. His values are low in several areas but the vet wasn’t too concerned because Max was at 38 pounds 14 ounces, his fur is lush and his body felt good. So a great visit but Max will continue on the enzymes for his pancreas. I did post a video on Youtube at https://youtu.be/jyUVm6cOQRU. I sat with Max for quite awhile to help him work off the drugs and give him comfort.
Here are some recent photos of the boy Max.
Was out in Max’s enclosure this past weekend doing cleaning and repairs. Yep, new galvanized panels are rusted because he marks his territory. I had to sand, prime and paint. Then in some spots I put up painted wood and others plexi-glass but plexi is expensive. Anyways, I’m thankful I can do this, he just now marks the wood or plexi and the panels are safe.
Found some Bird’s Nest Fungi in his cage, too. I’ve never seen this before. So, I dug them up and will treat the soil with a dish liquid mixture this coming weekend.
After months and months of purchasing supplies and putting together, Max gets a 15×60 foot run area. I basically put it all together myself except for about 5 hours of help from a good friend and 5 hours from my cousin. I couldn’t have done it without these two people. Putting in post holes by myself was a killer but I prevailed and so happy I could provide this area for Max. Here are some photos.
On May 4, Max turned 6 years old. I posted a montage video on our Wildlife Bernie YouTube channel titled “Max Canada Lynx, the Life of.” Check it out! Here’s a few birthday photos of the boy as he sheds his thick winter fur and a few yesterday after I gave him a box to play in.
Each year I try to get a photo of Max & I. Last year, my mother took the photo but she’s not feeling all that well and therefore I had to rely on the self-timer. It was challenging to set the timer (10 secs), scoop up a 40 pound cat and both of us smiling when the camera snapped. We did our best and here they are.
Max got a leather bunny for Christmas that I found at a hardware store. It’s for dogs and not filled with anything but Max fell in love with the smell. He loves to rub his face on my boots or leather gloves and I thought this would be perfect along with durable. I was right.
We also took a walk using an old harness of his. He has escaped from this harness before which is why I purchased a specially made one but it chokes him when he pulls on the lead. I’m not a fan of it and thought we’d try the old one but I included a collar just in case but the two leashes made it confusing for both of us since they weren’t the same length. Anyways, it didn’t matter and Max got to dig in the snow. Something he loves to do. I have posted a video on our YouTube channel. It’s 8 minutes long and I apologize for that but I cut out as much as possible without losing sight of him.
Max’s video “I’m a Big Baby” published in January of this year is going viral. It blows me away because it’s just Max purring! He has a couple recent videos that are getting popular also. Check out our YouTube channel “Wildlife Bernie.”