Cat Health

Below you can find a number of articles on cats’ health

Background ‘COVID-19’ stands for ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’, since it first emerged at the end of 2019 (in China). It is caused by a type of betacoronavirus now called SARS-CoV2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -Coronavirus type 2). There are many types of coronaviruses that affect different animal species. Many of them are rather benign so are […]

FIC is a painful condition of the bladder with inflammation and bleeding of the bladder wall, where no other primary cause can be found to explain the inflammatory process. Why it occurs in some cats is not fully understood yet, but it has been extensively researched, particularly as there are many similarities to a human condition called Interstitial Cystitis, a.k.a. Bladder Pain Syndrome, that mostly affects women.

Vaccinations available for cats include core and non-core vaccines. ‘Core’ vaccines in the UK are generally recommended for all cats. Not all cats need ‘non-core’ vaccinations in the UK, and they should only be given as required. ‘Non-core’ vaccinations in the UK include Feline Leukaemia Virus – FeLV, Feline Chlamydia (Chlamydia felis), an upper respiratory tract bacterium (Bordatella bronchiseptica) and Rabies.

For cats to express healthy behaviour, there has to be the right environment to do so. A cat might eat good quality food, drink plenty of fresh water, have regular check-ups and vaccinations, but good cat care does not stop there. ISFM and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have developed ‘The Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment’. This serves as a guide and a general framework for what should be provided, but it is important to note that each individual cat’s needs can vary enormously.

Our care includes preventative health care, veterinary attention when they are unwell, and providing a healthy and appropriate environment to look after their mental wellbeing. By doing so, you will feel sure that you have done your duty as a cat owner, and ticked all the boxes of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare (see in the footer of this site).

Any cat at any life-stage that is diagnosed with a manageable condition, is likely to require more frequent check-ups and tests such as urine and blood samples. Here we talk about the ‘top five’ diseases of older cats: Chronic Kidney Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes and Cancer. Hypertension should also be considered part of the routine ‘older cat’ screening.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

These apply to all animals in the care of humans, whether a house pet, a horse, farm or zoo animals:

  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom From Discomfort
  3. Freedom From Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

Purrfect Health Club

At Vet2Cat we offer monthly health plans to help spread the cost of your cat’s preventative health care.
Our range of monthly health plans have been devised to cover different cats’ lifestyles, ages and individual needs.
Read more about our Purrfect Health Club here.