Cherokee the Cougar

Species: Cougar
(Puma concolor)

Sex: Female, spayed
Born: October 3, 2000
Rescued: October 3, 2005

rescue cougar relaxing

cougar and pumpkin

We rescued Cherokee and her cagemate, Cody from a refuge near Houston claiming to be closing down and needing to find immediate placements for 8 of their cats. We agreed to take six cats.
However, when the owners brought our new cats, they also brought the two cougars hoping we would find homes for them as well, saying their only other option was to euthanize them.

After unloading the other cats we looked in the horse trailer and saw Cherokee’s face and feet were bloodied from trying to escape the hot, cramped cage. Not wanting them to have to endure another 5 hour trip back home, we decided to keep both cougars. It took awhile for Cherokee to adjust to her new home. At first she spent a lot of time in her den and had to be cajoled to eat.
When nervous or stressed she would pace back and forth against the fence rubbing her face raw.

She suffers from hip and joint problems, but when we noticed a pronounce limp we took her to the vet and discovered she had jagged edges of bone in her paw as a result of an at-home, botched declawing job done with a pair scissors. Our vet completed the procedure properly and now she’s able to jump and walk with no pain.

Cherokee is now very comfortable here at In-Sync. She’s more outgoing and loves to play with her balls and dangling toys. When kids are around, often times she’ll put a ball in her mouth and walk towards the kids as if asking them to play. Ironically enough, the facility where she came from never did close down, but we’re still happy to have her as a part of our family.

cougar playing