CAT OF THE MONTH MARCH 2022
The Vet2Cat team had so far managed to dodge the dreaded COVID until 28th Feb, then we have sequentially taken turns to have it and be off sick, first vet Claire, then nurse Emma then nurse Ally!
We are fortunately all recovered, if still a bit drained, but it did make things tricky for the month of March, having to cancel and postpone visits. We still managed to squeeze in a fair few cats, and have selected three fabulous felines for our Cat of the Month competition; this month we have Kimon, Barney and Chewey, and the winner is …
2-and-a-bit year old ginger & white Barney often gets overshadowed by his brother Bo who craves attention from any visitors including the Vet2Cat team! Barney is a much more reserved cat, tending to keep quiet in the hopes we might go away without noticing him. Poor Barney had a rough start in life with a bad tum for a long time, but he is now fighting fit – evident by a war wound we recently had to attend to – a bite wound on his leg – owie! He has recovered well and is back to stalking the local wildlife!
RUNNER-UP – KIMON
Named after a mid-5th century BC Athenian statesman and general, black & white boy Kimon is a recent addition to the Vet2Cat family. He has also been signed up to our Purrfect Health Club, and we are getting his vaccinations up to date along with regular provisions for flea and worming. Kimon has a very dignified air about him, as his namesake suggests – that is until the Pet Remedy cloth comes out and all his airs and graces disappear as he loses himself in the happy smells!
3-year-old ticked tabby and white Chewey was taken in from a rehoming charity 1.5 years ago but started having serious skin and behavioural issues soon after. Severe itchiness combined with odd compulsive behaviour and mood swings sometimes including aggression, made for an unhappy Chewey and very worried owner. Dermatology cases are, in vet Claire’s opinion, one of the most frustrating types of cases, for both the vet and the owner (and the patient no doubt!); the work-ups can be long-winded and expensive, and management can be difficult. There is often a lot of cross-over with behavioural problems as well, making it difficult to tease apart what is skin-related and what is behaviour-related. We now have ruled out flea allergy and food allergies, and currently Chewey is very comfortable and settled on treatment, not itchy, calm and relaxed. He even let nurse Emma pick him up for a chin scratch!