Blessing arrived at Catty Shack Ranch on November 8, 2019 at just 6 months old. She was born on April 29, 2019 and was rehomed from a private owner.
Blessing is lighter in color than our other bobcats. Her coat is more of a tan and cinnamon color. Her ears are topped with small black tufts, typical for her species as a member of the lynx family. Her cheeks and chin sport a lighter ruff of fur, giving her face a square appearance.
Blessing adapted well to her new life at the Ranch. We see her watching us as we work around her enclosure. One of her den boxes and several of her platforms are elevated, and she watches tour groups and visitors from this vantage point. As we remodeled an adjacent enclosure, she supervised all construction. We feed our little animals late in the afternoon and Blessing is eager and animated as she greets the arrival of her food. Other vehicles bearing tools and workers warrant a mere glance – the food cart is worth jumping down and running around for.
In the wild, bobcats range across North America, from southern Canada through much of Mexico. They may wander through our own backyards in Jacksonville. Blessing and our other bobcats give us the opportunity to see and appreciate this elusive cat up close. We all need to respect and protect this magnificent species.
We are grateful to be able to provide a safe, loving forever home to Blessing and all our animals. Blessing enjoys a healthy diet of raw meat, portions appropriate to her age, size, and nutritional needs. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.