Tramp the serval

Species: African Serval
(Leptailurus Serval)

Sex: Male, Neutered
Born: October 3, 1998
Rescued: October 3, 2005
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge:
October 9, 2007

lazy serval

rescue serval relaxing

We rescued Tramp, along with 7 other cats from a refuge that said they needed to relocate their animals because they were closing down their facility.

Although they never did close down, we were very glad to have Tramp as part of our family.

When we rescued Tramp and his cagemate Gypsy, we were told that Gypsy was infertile. However, not wanting to take any chances, we had Tramp neutered.

Tramp suffered from bone and hip problems due to an improper diet early in life, and therefore, walked with a limp and was a bit stiff. He spent most of the day cuddling with Gypsy, snoozing. He didn’t crave the attention most of our cats enjoy, but preferred to be left alone. He often hissed at the volunteers and visitors, as if asking them to leave him alone.

He liked to “talk” but only when no one was looking. However, he was very vocal at feeding time, making a “yum, yum, yum,” sound. He loved getting new enrichment items such as paper bags and boxes, especially when we added/ new scents to them.

Tragically, we lost Tramp on October 9, 2007 to acute pancreatitis and kidney malfunction.

We miss him dearly.

rescue serval trying to sleep