One month after his arrival, we discovered pieces of bone protruding from his toes. X-rays by our vet led us to believe that his “declaw” procedure was done by using pliers to break the first joint in every toe and pulling the claw from the toe. As a result, our vet had to completely redo the surgery to prevent any further painful complications.
The first few days Smuggler cried a little when people tried to leave him on the first night… so we didn’t leave him. Our wonderful volunteers stayed with him for several nights until he was comfortable enough to be left alone. We also spent 7 days and nights with him after his surgery for his feet, although Smuggler doesn’t know that we do that for all our cats who have had surgery. Shh…don’t tell him!
Smuggler grew to be a beautiful, playful, and friendly tiger. He lives now with Aasha, another tiger that came to us at a young age. They are about a year apart in age and were introduced to each other when they were still small. He is super affectionate and greets his caretakers every morning with chuffs and some tiger talk. He loves putting his blue barrels in his tub, stalking his neighbors when they’re on the playground, causing general mischief, and determinedly not listening to the keepers when they tell him it’s time to come off the playground. He thoroughly enjoys his meals, but he has clear cut boundaries when it comes to his Wednesday and Sunday night bones. NO TOUCHING BY ANYONE! Definitely worth seeing at a Sunday night bone tour. We’re so happy that this loving boy is part of our family.