In September 2008, we had the honor of meeting a beautiful serval who for a very brief time was able to call In-Sync home. Jamu, hailed from Kentucky where he was legally owned by loving, caring owners.
The owners relocated to Frisco, TX and began their search to find a home for Jamu where he could be a legal resident, yet be close enough for them to visit him regularly. As luck would have it, In-Sync Exotics fit the bill. Jamu had a history of urinary tract infections.
In May 2007, he had surgery to help correct his problems, but while Jamu was staying with the owner’s parents, he started showing signs that his problems had returned, most notably the inability to urinate. Jamu’s owners were very concerned so desperately wanted to find someone who could help Jamu receive the medical attention he needed.
Jamu came to In-Sync on September 20. The visitors and volunteers instantly fell in love with this sweet, beautiful, and very large serval. The next morning, we took him to the vet with his owner accompanying us. X-Rays revealed that Jamu’s bladder was about 4 times larger than a normal serval bladder.
They tried to insert a catheter to help drain the excess urine, but was unable to because the urethra had closed up. The only option was to aspirate the bladder to drain the urine. A sonogram revealed that Jamu’s bladder had ruptured, probably from moving him from one table to another. The lining of his bladder was too weak to handle even a minimal amount of stress. We rushed Jamu to a specialist who was more knowledgeable of servals and their common urinary problems.
Sadly, Jamu passed away in route. Although we hardly had a chance to get to know Jamu, we’re saddened by his loss. We have so many former pets in our care, many of whom were placed because uneducated owners couldn’t manage their exotic cat or no longer wanted the responsibility.
It was truly refreshing meeting a owner who genuinely wanted only the best for his animal. He had planned to contribute financially to Jamu’s care and to volunteer at In-Sync so he could still be a part of his life. Jamu was one of the fortunate ones.