Sponsor a Veterinary Procedure

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As part of AfriCat's commitment to the welfare of the animals in their care, they have carried out an annual health examination of all large carnivores. This is not only good practice, but is highly recommended by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as part of its permit process.

In some cases a visual examination is all that is required whilst those that have to be anethetised for another reason, are given their examinations during anaesthesia. Those animals requiring anaesthesia are darted with an anaesthetic dart gun and brought to the AfriCat veterinary clinic.

Older animals are then transferred to an inhalation anaesthetic machine. All animals are given an intravenous drip and continuously monitored both clinically and by the use of a pulse oximeter. Cats are idendified by means of a unique sub-cutaneous microchip, examined, and any abnormalities are treated either on the spot or plans made to treat in future.

On completion of the examination, animals are transferred to a recovery box, prior to being released back into their camps once fully recovered. Captive breeding is not permitted in Namibia. Therefore AfriCat is using a novel contraceptive sub-cutaneous implant as part of it's "family planning" strategy. This contraception has not only been highly successful but has also given an opportunity over the years for some "state of the art" research carried out by Professor Bertschinger from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty, Pretoria, South Africa. This involves collection of vaginal smears and of semen to monitor the effectiveness of this contraceptive method.

On occasion a veterenary ophthalmologist examines the cats' eyes for any form of pathology. Such examinations have led to professional publications on common abnormalities seen in captive cheetah in Namibia.

Teeth are also examined and any abnormalities recorded for subsequent scheduling of treatment by a veterninary dentist.

When necessary an endoscopic examination is carried out and gastric biopsies collected allowing the monitoring of gastritis caused by Helicobacter pylori, a common bacterial organism which can, if untreated, lead to clinical signs in captive cheetah.

Over the years a number of other scientists have been afforded the opportunity by the annual health examinations to collect data for a range of scientific studies and subsequent publications.

Where necessary blood samples are taken to further investigate any suspected abnormalities. All large predators are vaccinated against: Feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Feline Leukemia and rabies.

They are also de-wormed, treated for ectoparasites, and weighed.


wayne preparing drug for dart

1) The vet draws the drug for the dart. The amounts of different drug are determined by the weight of the cat as the drugs are given by mg of drug/kg of cat.

vet dartgun

2) The vet prepares to put the smooth needle dart, which has no barb, into the dart gun which is propelled by compressed air, adjusted to the correct pressure required for the distance that the dart is required to travel.

vet darting

3) The night before the cat is going to be darted it is moved from its large enclosure into a holding area where it can be darted easily. The vet darts the cat in the shoulder as the dart is less likely to bounce off and the dart will not harm the cat.

collecting darted cheetah

4) The vet approaches the darted cat after the drug has taken significant effect in about 10 - 15 minutes although this varies depending on the cat and the drug. It is advisable to approach a cheetah with more than one person as it will be less likely to attack.

cheetah lifted onto vehicle

5) The cheetah is lifted into the vehicles where it will be placed on a canvassed mattress. This may be covered in wet towels if it gets hot.

temperature taking

6) The temperature is taken and monitored throughout the process but particularly as it is picked up, as when it was darted it may have been lying in the sun.

cheetah tongue

7) The tongue is pulled out to prevent it from being swallowed and blocking breathing.

cat weighed

8) The cat is weighed for medical history records and to check for significant weight loss and to make sure that the medication given to it is correct for its weight.

tail tag

9) A tail tag is given to the cat to help with identification when it is on the table and when it is put in the crate so that cats are not confused and to save time determining which cat is which.


10) This machine monitors the cat’s heart rate, breathing (respiratory) rate, systolic and diastolic (blood) pressure, temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

monitor oxygen levels

11) This machine is used to monitor the cat's heart rate and oxygen levels.

health process

12) A tube is put into the easily accessible vein in the leg to give intravenous fluids and maintain blood pressure.

blood samples

13) Samples of blood are taken from each cat with purple tubes containing cells and red and yellow tubes containing everything else. This blood will be used to check the cats health and for genetic testing.

cleaning cheetah fur

14) Burrs, grass and dirt are removed from the cheetah's fur as they are not clean cats and don't remove this from their fur themselves.

turning the cats

15) The cat must be turned over as the dentist can only work on one side at a time. It must be turned over in this way to allow any liquids in the mouth to fall out and to prevent the intestine from twisting.

vet listening  to the heart

16) The vet listens to the cat's heart to check if its functioning correctly.

keeping cheetah cool

17) The cheetah is covered in a wet towel and sprayed with cold water to prevent it from getting too hot as a cheetah will die at 42 degrees and their average temperature is 38, so it is important to never let them get hotter than 40 degrees.


18) A tube is put into the cat to give anaesthetic and provide it with air to breathe.

testicles measured

19) The testicles are measured as some contraceptive measures can cause them to shrink, so they must be monitored throughout the length of time that the measure is in place.

protecting the eyes

20) The eyes are covered as some drugs don't let the eyes close and prevent tear production so this stops things going into the eye and protects it from light. Eye drops are given to prevent the eye from drying out.

checking stomach

21) The vet is checking for stomach ulcers and other stress related stomach problems as this can cause a cat a large amount of pain.

eye examination

22) The vet examines the eye and looks for ocular trauma ranging from mild scarring of the lids and cornea, through to mature cataracts, severe endophthalmitis and phthisisbulbi.

checking teeth

23) The teeth are checked for infections, abscesses, ulcers and cracks that may be dealt with at the health check or a date in the near future when a vet specialised in dentistry is available.


24) An ultrasound is done on a cat before a contraceptive implant is put in to see if she is pregnant.


25) This is what an ultrasound looks like on screen. If the cat was pregnant the embryos would be seen.

checking wounds

26) The cat is checked for any cuts, wounds or bites that may need cleaning and treating.

cat herpes

27) This cat has cat herpes which need to be treated and antibiotics given after. As this is very difficult and if there is little chance of curing the herpes it is better for the cat to be euthanized.

wounds disinfected

28) Any cuts or wounds will be disinfected before stitching to avoid infection and kill any bacteria which are present

wounds stitched

29) Any wounds will be stitched up after they have been cleaned to prevent infection and treat the problem.

eye treatment

30) The eye is examined to see what must be done to treat it.

eye problems

31) These are some kinds of eye problems that the cats may have.

eye injection

32) The eye is injected to reduce pain.

surgery eye stitched

33) After surgery the eye is stitched up to avoid bleeding and infection.

collar fitting

34) If necessary a new collar is fitted to the cat if the battery is low or the collar has worn away.


35) Powder is put on the cheetah to deter parasitic cheetah flies.

recovery crate

36) Once the dental work is over the cat is put into a recovery crate where it will be given the antidote and watched until it wakes up to make sure it recovers correctly and breathing continues normally.

release cheetah

37) Once the cat has recovered it will be released back into its enclosure.

samples for research and testing

38) After the health check some samples may be checked for problems in cats where a disease is suspected. The samples may also be used for research.


AfriCat relies on the goodwill of visitors and donors. Every penny counts, and save for statutory audit fees, all of AfriCat UK’s funds are applied to conservation in Namibia. The AfriCat website (www.africat.org) has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.


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