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Blood parameters of clinically normal captive bobcats (Felis rufus).
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (1999)
  • Debra L Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B. D. Leopold
  • B. J. Woody
Abstract
Data on blood parameters were obtained from 56 (32 female, 24 male) clinically healthy, captive bobcats (Felis rufus). The animals were housed under ambient conditions at the Mississippi State University Captive Bobcat Facility. Samples were collected opportunistically between 1982 and 1995. Differences (P < or = 0.05) in blood parameters existed between sexes, among age classes (kitten, subadult, adult, and geriatric), and among stages in the reproductive cycle (breeding, parturition, recycling, and anestrus). Blood parameters for bobcats were similar to reported values for domestic cats (Felis catus). These results can be used as as reference to indicate when blood parameter aberrations exist in bobcats.
Publication Date
1999
Citation Information
Debra L Miller, B. D. Leopold and B. J. Woody. "Blood parameters of clinically normal captive bobcats (Felis rufus)." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine Vol. 30 Iss. 2 (1999)
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