This page is dedicated to the amazing cats who have passed away. We miss our friends dearly.
Due to a misunderstanding of mountain lions, her previous owner had her canines filed flat. Because of the inferior quality of this initial dental work, Lilah experienced abscesses and other dental issues throughout her life. She underwent multiple root canal surgeries in an effort to correct and heal the initial dental work.
Despite these issues, Lilah was an amazing cat. Because of the deep levels of trust and respect between Chris and Lilah, she was very protective of him. One afternoon Chris was found asleep in her hutch while she wrapped herself around him and groomed his face and arms with her tongue. This is how she earned the nickname “Mama Lilah.”
She had amazing levels of energy and played many games with Chris in the larger enclosure. Hiding in the bushes and play-pouncing on him when he least expected it was one of her favorites.
Unfortunately Lilah passed away in early 2010 at the age of 18. A special area of the enclosure is dedicated to her memory.
Prior to arriving at that facility, Elissa served as an educational cat with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. She was very comfortable around people because this background.
Elissa had a very spunky nature and loved to play games. Her favorite was to chase a plastic milk jug tied on a rope to a stick that Chris held. Once she caught her “prey,” she would take it back into her nighthouse. As she was walking her “prey” back to her nighthouse, it looked like Chris was taking Elissah for a walk.
Elissa had a spirit that wouldn’t quit. In her later years when she was experiencing typical issues of old age, we thought she wouldn’t make it but she pulled through year after year. She finally passed away at the very old age of 23. We have a special place under her favorite tree for her memorial.
Sam was always the “man of the house” and very protective of everyone, especially Lilah. His mellow demeanor surprised many as it’s not quite the norm for an intact male mountain lion.
Unlike the energetic females, Sam prefered to conserve his energy with lots of sleeping and lying in the sun. When he was younger, his favorite toy was a burlap bag filled with old T-shirts, sprinkled with allspice. Apparently, allspice is like catnip for big cats. He would chase and dismember his “prey” and we would end up with shreds of T-shirts around the enclosure.
Like Elissa, Sam surprised us with his will to live. He passed away in late 2012 at the old age of 23 (the oldest intact male that we’re aware of).
Josie came to us in 2001 from a facility east of Denver, Colorado where she spent her first seven years in a small enclosure with a cement floor and a dogloo.
When she first arrived at Catamount Creek Ranch, it was the first time she could express her natural instinct of caching (burying) things. The floors of our nighthouses are covered in many inches of soft wood shavings. The morning of her second day with us, we awoke to a giant pile of shavings in the corner of her nighthouse. For the first few days, every time we would spread out the shavings, she would rake them into a pile again. And we could tell that she was having a great time doing it.
Josie also loved to play with the big, plastic ball in her nighthouse. Many times we would wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of her batting the ball into the air and against the sides of her nighthouse, doing all kinds of acrobatics to catch it and throw it again.
She loved to talk to everyone with her little chirps and hide from visitors and jump out when they least expected it.
Josie passed away in the winter of 2012/3 of old age. She spent her last few days and nights in a special enclosure inside so she could stay warm and so we could keep a close watch over her. We’ll miss her spunky, playful personality.