In 2010, The Wildcat Sanctuary accepted nine cats as part of a big cat rescue from The Wild Animal Orphanage in Texas after it shut down due to lack of funding.
Ekaterina was born in 2000 and originated from an exploitative breeder in Ohio, along with another tiger, Sierra. This breeder charged the public to pet and have photos taken with adult lions and tigers that were declawed and chained down to a platform. The breeder was eventually closed down after multiple allegations of animal attacks on visitors. Sierra and Ekaterina were featured in an investigative report by 20/20. The Wildcat Sanctuary originally offered a home to Ekaterina and Sierra, however they were placed at Wild Animal Orphanage. So after WAO’s closing, here they are today, finally able to call The Wildcat Sanctuary forever home.
Ekaterina is quite the cat, her personality is larger than life and loves to be the center of attention. Her unique voice can be heard all the way across the Sanctuary and will talk to whoever is nearby, whether they want to hear it or not. Since she is such a diva, getting along with other cats has been an issue, although Ekaterina gets along very well with Sierra.
She very much enjoys any new enrichment and will scrunch up her nose and stick out her tongue when she gets a new scent. This is called the flehmen response or flehming. Cats, along with many other mammals do this to examine scents more closely. It makes for a very funny photo.
You can help provide daily care for Ekaterina by becoming her sponsor. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.