Cat of the Month August 2019 – Frank

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Once again, its very difficult to select out of all our lovely patients but we have a top 3, Frank, Toffee and Ratatouille… and the winner is FRANK!

Poor ol’ 14-year old Siamese, Frank, has been through the mill a bit. He’s already lost one eye last year. Recently however, he’d been having difficulty pooping. Due to a combination of issues, he developed severe constipation so needed to have an enema. He also has kidney disease and heart disease and was dehydrated. Its very common for old puss-cats to have multiple co-morbidities, it makes for increased risk of anaesthetics, and difficulties in treatments – often a treatment for one condition could make another condition worse, for example, he needed fluid therapy for the dehydration and constipation but if given too quickly, it could worsen his heart condition. After 3 days of slow fluid therapy, he was ready for an anaesthetic to unbung his bottom! Not the most pleasant of procedures us vets have to do, but what a difference it made to Frank! A much happier Siamese afterwards. He is now on a combination of laxatives and gut stimulants, and we have trained Frank’s staff to give him regular sub-cutaneous fluid therapy at home. This greatly helps support his kidneys and also the bowels. So far, he is tolerating this really well. Ah, the joys of feline medicine!! “Cats aren’t happy with one disease, they like to collect them” I once heard a feline specialist say, definitely the case for Frank!

Pictured here (from left to right):- Frank recovers in Emma’s arms post-enema; Nurse Emma training Frank’s mum how to give fluids under the skin; and a check-up with vet Claire – spot the patient!

 

Runner Up  -Toffee

Toffee is a very handsome Ginger Boy of 7 years, seen here looking rather non-chalant! While his pal Mischief was getting high on catnip, Toffee was more interested in keeping an eye on us, but was quite partial to some Thrive tuna treats and Easypill putty, which we used to administer a worming tablet. He wasn’t very impressed with receiving his Bravecto flea treatment, however!.

 

 

 

 

Runner Up – Ratatouille

This 5 year old Egyptian Mau was non-stop furry energy from the moment we arrived! He just loved everything! Catnip, food, and the feather toy was a big hit! Hard to get a non-blurry photo! FYI, if we use the feather toy for a cat, it is disinfected, rinsed and dried before any other cats touch it, so as to avoid the spread of any diseases.

 

 

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