Its time for our monthly appraisal of the cats we have seen, so we can pick out three special kitties. They’re not necessarily ‘favourites’, as we all know we shouldn’t have favourites, more so that they have made us smile, laugh, or sometimes even cry, with their personalities, antics and stories.
This month we have Starlite, Beau and Bruce, giving us the whole range of cat ages from kitten to super-senior.
And the winner is…
Well, who can resist a tiny kitten! Black, white and a tiny bit of ginger, this little bundle of fur and energy certainly keeps her hooman on her toes! She was so dinky at our first visit, and with a slightly dicky tum, we had to postpone her 1st jabs to make sure she was fit enough for it. Tummy much improved after worming and a change to good quality Royal Canin & Hills kitten foods, Starlite has now had her first vaccination, and will get a second in a few weeks. Its so lovely to watch our new little patients grow and develop and be able to guide new kitten owners about all aspects of cat ownership including nutrition and behavioural advice, not just the medical bits and bobs!
RUNNER UP – BEAU
Our next cat takes us to the ‘Mature Adult’ lifestage. At 8 years old Beau the bodacious British Shorthair has lived a blessed life in the countryside, spending most of his time out and about terrifying small things. His observant housekeeper noticed his front incisor teeth seemed to be missing and had noted weight loss. Previous visits to the vets in a carrier had been met with much wailing and gnashing of teeth – as well as panting, peeing and pooping – and probably some weeping from the housekeeper-cum-chauffeur-cum-nursemaid. Lament no longer, as Vet2Cat is here to take away all that stress! Beau ended up needing a rather extensive dental procedure due to advanced periodontitis and tooth resorption. All 4 fangs had to come out and a few others, and vet Claire had to identify and remove multiple retained roots – that’s when the crown is completely or partially missing but the roots are still present – they can cause ongoing pain or infection if not removed. Beau has recovered well and even gained weight again. Whether the local wildlife can now rest on their laurels with Beau partially de-weaponised; we shall have to wait and see.
At 17.5 years old Bruce falls into the ‘Super-senior’ category of cat lifestages. With the typical story of the stress of going off to the vets, it often gets to the point where us cat-owners feel its actually causing more harm than good! We’ve only just started seeing Bruce, and right from the start we could tell there were going to be multiple issues to address, and we have to tread lightly with such cases as they are often living on a bit of knife-edge, certainly until we can bring at least some of their conditions under control. Our primary concerns with Bruce were pain, and hypertension (high blood pressure) so we started our focus on those. Within days of being on a pain killer Bruce was already up to some of his old tricks. We are now waiting on some blood test results and tinkering with his BP tablet dosing. He does find even a home visiting vet’s check up rather exhausting, but at least no carrier & no car ride. We just hope we can make his twilight part of his life as comfortable as possible.