Mom with Kitten 02-23-2018


On February 23, 2018 a panther mother with one kitten was photographed near the Fish Farm. 

So far we have not been able to identify her. She does not have a cowlick or a kink in her tail. There are no obvious scars. She does have some white tick spots.

March 10,2018

Turns out Mom has three kittens!

March 14, 2018

After moving over to Little Corkscrew Island for a few days, they returned to Eagle Island.

March 25, 2018

Mom bring a rabbit home for breakfast.

March 26, 2018

The family moves across the Fish Farm.

April 6, 2018

April 11, 2018

April 12, 2018

Mom has a small cut in her right ear. When this is visible we can identify her. Unfortunately it is so small that it will not always be visible in trail camera videos.

She does not have a cow lick or a kink in her tail.

April 16, 2018

On the move.

April 17, 2018

Mom and the kittens check out Larry's three hour old scrape. They are learning to flehmen.

April 22, 2018

The kittens out without Mom.

May 19, 2018

Videos only show two kittens with Mom. Both kittens show signs of weakness in their rear legs. The weakness is most likely caused by a toxin or an infection.

A variety of infections -- viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic -- can affect the spinal cord, leading to rear leg weakness in cats. Feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP, inflames the spinal cord due to an abnormal response to a coronavirus. Spinal pain and partial paralysis in two or four legs are common symptoms for this illness.

The feline leukemia virus may cause nerve damage leading to loss of motor control and rear leg weakness, which may lead to paraplegic paralysis. The rabies virus may present a variety of symptoms, though when the infection affects the spinal cord, motor control and reflexes deteriorate and paralysis progresses.

Fungal diseases, such as Cryptococcus neoformans, blastomyces and histoplasma affect the central nervous system, leading to spinal pain and partial or total paralysis. Protozoal infections including toxoplasmosis, and parasites such as verminous myelitis, may also cause spinal cord inflammation that impacts a cat's motor skills. Prognosis for regaining mobility depends on the infection. Many are not treatable.

May 21, 2018

The two kittens have stayed in the same area.

© Ralph Arwood 2018