Cat of the Month – February 2020
February’s selection of cats that have put a smile on our faces as we go about our work includes, Lulu, Paddy and Parker.
Promoted from runner up in January to winner in February! Vet2Cat is very proud of Parker, as are his hoomans. The reason being – he had to go off to see the specialist ophthalmologists at Optivet in Havant http://www.optivet.com/, and we were all a bit worried about how he would cope with this, generally not being the most tolerant of patients. But a dose of gabapentin pre-travel and the wonderful eye vets Prado and Natalia were singing his praises! He was so well behaved for his examination there.
Vet Claire referred 15-year-old Parker after finding some abnormalities at the back of his eyes. This was during a follow up visit regarding Parker yowling at night and doing some odd things. Although Claire suspected Parker had hypertension (high blood pressure), the multiple tiny ‘fluffy’ lesions seen did not seem typical for the classic hypertension changes we normally see, so an expert opinion was sought. The outcome – the changes were chalked up to hypertension after all, but very early stages. This stage is not often seen as we usually miss it, we often disregard these behavioural changes in older cats as ‘just his age’- perhaps a bit of senility. Parker had even had a BP check in October which was normal and was due to have another routine check this April. Fortunately, because Parker’s dad is very attuned to Parker’s demeanour, he picked up that something was amiss very quickly, and got straight on the phone to Vet2Cat! Finding and treating this from an early stage has likely saved Parker from going blind.
The CatCareForLife programme recommends cats above the age of 7 years have a yearly blood pressure check and cats over 11 years have this checked twice yearly. Check out this chart of recommended routine health care for cats: https://www.catcare4life.org/app/uploads/2018/03/Recommended-examinations.pdf
“That’s the spot, right there!”- Paddy gets a good scratch from Emma
Lovely Paddy made COTM runner up back in October. Since then his gastro-intestinal problems got worse, so an investigation was begun. Vet Claire performed an ultrasound and found an abnormal section of his intestines. To really get to grips with ongoing intestinal disease, biopsy is generally required, so Paddy was referred to Lumbry Park Specialists, where he underwent endoscopy – a flexible camera with biopsy tools is passed down into the stomach and first part of intestines and samples are taken (under a full anaesthetic!). The biopsy results showed he has ‘chronic enteropathy’ – a broad term meaning there is inflammation of the intestines, but fortunately no signs of cancer.
A long battle of wills began, trying to convince Paddy to eat the very specialised diet that was prescribed to the absolute exclusion of everything else – no mean feat! He also needs twice daily pilling with steroids and gut protectants, and we have had to use various other medications to encourage him to eat as well as reduce his signs of vomiting and nausea. Nurse Emma visited to show Paddy’s carers how to administer all these pills, and now Paddy is quietly resigned to having this done. He is thankfully showing improvement after many weeks, but it will still be many months of special food, medications and re-assessments before he will (hopefully) be fixed.
Runner Up – Lulu
A recent convert to Vet2Cat, Lulu’s mum is over the moon about our home visiting service. Lulu kept missing follow-up appointments at the vets because she was so difficult to get in a carrier. Because of this her vaccinations had lapsed, and she hadn’t had a good once-over for a while. Visiting Lulu at home, is a different story entirely. She is a very friendly cat and spent most of the time sitting on assistant Helen’s lap purring and kneading. She was only a bit miffed when she realised we weren’t just visitors but were there to give her a jab, flea and worming treatments!
“What do you mean this is a vet visit?!” – Lulu giving Helen a good kneading.