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Boxer the African Serval

It started with a call from an animal shelter in Los Angeles in the fall of 2001. They had a wild spotted kitten with huge ears, abandoned by an owner who had made an unwise choice for a house pet. Boxer had the distinctive markings of an African Serval and the giveaway were his giant Serval ears. He had a good appetite, but he refused to eat a diet of well-balanced wild cat food. Boxer loved chicken and turkey, and it’s likely that his owner had fed him only

meat from the store, not knowing that predators gnaw on the bones and ligaments as well.


Soon after he came to us he befriended one of our friendly dogs, and one day as they were playing together we heard a loud meow. Boxer was in serious pain. We rushed him to our vet. Diagnosis: Rickets, the children's disease characterized by the softening of the bone with the threat of permanent deformity. The cause: lack of calcium and/or vitamin D in his diet. Boxer had surgery and ended up in a cast. We supplemented his diet with bone meal and put him in an outdoor enclosure so he could soak up some of that vitamin D sunshine. With time, care, and the right feline food, his bones are strong now, his energy boundless.


He quickly became the star of many of our educational outreach programs, but has recently been retired. In retirement, he spends most of his days soaking up the sun and playing with best friend, Thunder-Kitty (check out Boxer & Thunder's love story here), and occasionally

going for a nice stroll through the grass and chasing down lizards. Boxer is still the absolute highlight of our interactions, where you might get to enjoy some head rubs and take him on a walk. He hopes to see you soon! Book an interaction with Boxer.

Recently, Boxer was diagnosed with Histoplasmosis, a disease caused by a fungus in the environment that attacks the lungs. He's greatly improved but is on expensive anti-fungal medication, as well as needing to regularly see the vet. If you would like to help with Boxer's medical costs, please consider sponsoring him.

Sponsor Boxer by clicking the button below to donate to his care.
Boxer Through The Years

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