Essey is a female bobcat who arrived at the sanctuary in 2020. We were told she was about two years old at the time, but she’d never seen a veterinarian.

As soon as the call came in about this bobcat in need, we acted right away. Especially when we heard the details of her living conditions.

Essey was living in a cage in the room of a nice house. Though she also had an outdoor area, it was on concrete. This little girl had never felt grass under her paws.

She’s a tiny girl, only about 10-12 lbs. We were told she’d always been fed cat kibble. So we’ll transition her to the raw diet a bobcat needs.

With a little coaxing and a hunk of cheese, Essey loaded into the crate easily for our journey back to the sanctuary.

Life at the Sanctuary

Since Essey had never been to a veterinarian, that meant she hadn’t been spayed, she hadn’t had vaccines. But the good thing is, at least she hadn’t been declawed either. Her intake exam went well, and she was spayed at that time.

After she recuperated and was through her quarantine period, we decided to try play dates with other bobcats. And though we’ve tried Essey with several other bobcats with many varied personalities, it just hasn’t worked out.

Essey is a very complex cat and has taken us some time to understand. But our caretakers are very keen on observing cats, learning their personalities.

Essey is shy sometimes, yet she tends to enjoy close attention from caretakers at other times. She’s selective and independent.

We give her lots of varied types of enrichment and her favorite is a simple crepe paper balls. My oh my, she can play with that, unrolling it and throwing it around so enthusiastically!

What’s most important is Essey likes her freedom to play and explore outside in her habitat as much as she’d like. And we’re happy we’re able to provide that for this strong willed little bobcat.

Right now, she’s as happy as can be with her new found freedom to play and explore outside in her habitat as much as she’d like.

How You Can Help

Our sponsorship program helps cats like Essey live wild at heart. Would you consider becoming her sponsor parent? It’s such a great way to make a difference.

Or even a one time donation towards her care helps. It’s easy to do using the buttons you see at the top of this page. Thank you!