Tobias has since recovered beautifully. Once he was given a clean bill of health, he lived in an enclosure with 2 other lynxes. Unfortunately due to old age both Trooper and Duchess passed leaving Tobias alone. We paired him with a bobcat who mirrors Tobias’ temperament. They got along well and Tobias was often found playing and happily lounging around their enclosure. In 2020, Tobias was moved to the vet clinic. He demonstrated difficulty breathing and swallowing during meals. After diagnostics, he was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis and tracheal collapse. He underwent a surgery called a laryngeal tie-back in order to solve the issues with breathing and swallowing. After the surgery, we were told that Tobias would have to be in a temperature-controlled environment for the rest of his life in order to prevent any complications. We also have had to modify his diet so that he doesn’t choke on pieces of meat that are too big or chicken bones.
After spending quite a while in our vet clinic under observation and in a temperature-controlled environment, we moved him back outside to one of our small cat enclosures that has a heated and air-conditioned night house. His fluffy feet are in the grass again, and we may be even happier than Tobias about it! Tobias also receives a daily nebulizer treatment in order to break up the mucus in his throat and lungs. He continues to be a sweet and tolerant boy, and is always patient with us during his nebulizer treatments. He loves his temperature-controlled night house and can often be found snoozing on the upper platforms. Unfortunately, Tobias cannot be placed back with Sig due to the diagnosis, but he gets plenty of affection from the keepers, cleaners, and feeders. We are blessed and grateful to be a part of this boy’s care and life!