Cat of the month March 2021
March has been picking up and keeping us busy. As well as seeing 43 cats, many of which are new to Vet2Cat, we passed our first Veterinary Medicines Directorate inspection (phew!), the Vet2CatMobile passed its MOT (phew!), unfortunately nurse Emma’s beloved BMW got badly damaged in an accident (but no one got hurt – phew!) and we have been trialling a new ultrasound machine!
Our 3 contenders for Cat of the Month are really special cats, all for different reasons. This month we have Esme, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond and Sooty, and the winner is…
WINNER – ESME
As well as Cat of the Month, we should also give a ‘Cat Owner of the Month’ award here!
Esme is a very pretty 2-year-old long haired tabby & white. She was taken in at the start of this year, as her previous owner did not want her anymore because she didn’t get on with the new kitten (in extremis – she tried to kill it!). She seemed to settle in quite well at her new abode, until one day when a neighbouring cat dared to sit just outside her front room window. It become apparent Esme is a very territorial cat, as she started making a lot of noise, then turned on her owner in a bout of redirected aggression. Another episodes a bit later had her poor new hooman quaking in her slippers going anywhere near her.
Cue Nurse Emma and a feline behavioural consultation! Emma spent a lot of time investigating Esme’s background and the new living situation. We went to assess her at the home, finding a very nervous, hypervigilant cat. Emma explained a lot about feline behaviour, and set the owners up with things to do, one of which was clicker training. A technique more associated with dog training, cats can also be trained – the concept is good behaviour coincides with a Click on the clicker followed immediately by a reward. A month later we went back to vaccinate Esme and found a completely different cat AND owner. Ok, we cheated a bit by giving Esme some pre-visit mild sedation, but both of them were relaxed and happy. The clicker training had worked brilliantly, and we even used it within the consult to gain Esme’s trust. Esme is a loving cat, but just hadn’t really learned had to deal with certain situations. We are so impressed with her owner’s perseverance with the training, and not allowing a rather scary event to put her off keeping Esme. Well Done C&D, gold stars for you both.
A grand title for a grand cat! 10-year-old black (with a tiny bit of white on his throat) boy Sir Sidney had been taken on by his owner from the rescue centre where she worked, selected as she wanted the ’hardest one to rehome’. A noble deed, but well worth it, as Sir Sidney flourished in his new kingdom. He is still incredibly nervous of strangers, and always suffered terribly with trips to the vets, so vet Claire popped along to assess just how difficult he might be and prescribed some of our magic pre-visit sedative. With this on board, Sir Sidney was so chilled out, it made our job not only easy but utterly enjoyable; for us, for Sir S and for his hooman courtier! Sir Sidney is a clever cat – he can walk on his 2 hind legs!
Slightly older black & white gentleman, Sooty is the beloved companion of a lovely senior lady. He keeps her happy and entertained with his antics. Sooty had decided about 5 years ago he preferred this lady over the hoomans he was supposed to be with, and they have been inseparable ever since, even moving into a retirement home together. Everyone at the retirement home knows Sooty, and all get concerned if he is ever ill. Vet2Cat is purrfect for Sooty and his mum, as its very tricky for her to get him to a vet practice for check-ups and treatments.