Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cougar, Cheetah, Tiger, Oh My!

Last week we reported on Twitter that we were very worried about Keenan, one of our geriatric cougars.  You may recall in our posting titled "Keenan's Heart," our cougar was diagnosed in September 2010 with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and then recently with Cardiac Dysrhythmia (also known as arrhythmia). Sadly, the side effects of his medication is causing him kidney and liver problems, which is affecting his appetite and behavior.

So last week, when Keenan stopped eating for several days, we became very, very concerned.  Tweets went out to our Twitter followers asking everyone to pray for Keenan's returned to good health.  On Saturday, his veterinarian visited Keenan and gave him a shot.  We didn't know if the medication would help increase his appetite; all we could do was watch and wait--again.

We were thrilled beyond belief when Keenan accepted his bone Sunday night!  Here he is eating his bone with gusto once again:

We will continue to monitor Keenan's health progress and update you on Twitter and this blog!  We are just so relieved that Keenan is eating and looking much better than he did last week.

On a lighter note, we haven't had a cheetah update in awhile, have we?  Well, here are our cheetah boys, Sam and Kodi, demonstrating how cheetahs talk to us when they are hungery!

We just love the sounds they make when they get so excited to see us at dinnertime!

So, how about you?   Do you have a special In-Sync animal that you would like to give a special "shout-out" to?"  If yes, let us know in the comment box below the reason why this animal(s) is/are special to you! 

Our final video for today features Okemo--our chief resident "chuffer."  Okemo loves to "talk" to everyone who comes to visit him--he is such a sweet tiger!

Sometimes it's hard for us to believe that Okemo was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma that spread to his jaw bone.  We compared his x-rays with that of a tiger several years younger and was stunned at how much bone loss had taken place--there really wasn't much bone left in his jaw.  Okemo has been sick for a long time, prior to his arrival at In-Sync Exotics, so we are not sure how much time he has left with us.

Knowing that each precious day with Okemo is a gift, we simply refuse to image a day when we will not longer hear him chuffing at us.  He is no doubt the sweetest tiger at In-Sync Exotics and we will continue to give him specialized care to ensure that we do not aggrevate his current health condition--that means no bones and no meat requiring him to tear or pull apart with his teeth. 

For now, we are content on sharing quality time with Okemo--and as you can see, he's loving the attention!

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