At the end of every month the Vet2Cat team picks out 3 nominations to be our prestigious Cat of the Month winner! Cats which have struck us as being particularly cute, cheeky and full of character. This month’s first prize is awarded posthumously, as a memorial to a beloved companion, a most wonderful puss called Squiddy. Runners up, but no less wonderful, are Paddy and Ronnie.
WINNER – SQUIDDY – resting in peace at Rainbow Bridge
Squiddy was one of those unusual gingers that are female, with a beautiful bushy coat that she loved being brushed by one of her adoring slaves. She had been with her family since she was 8 weeks of age, a tiny kitten from a litter of barn cats. Squiddy was an adept hunter, but never hurt her humans, very gentle and sweet-natured. She was never far from her adoring human-mum, a little furry ginger shadow. We diagnosed poor Squiddy with cancer of the nasal passages, after a CT scan and a biopsy. This was causing her to have difficulties breathing, and bloody discharges from the nose. Right up to the end, she carried on eating, and sunbathing in her favourite spots, but started showing signs of discomfort. Her loving family made that difficult decision to have her euthanised, but this was done in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by everyone she loved. Rest in Peace Squiddy, beautiful cat.
“Grieve not nor speak of me with tears but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so – ’twas Heaven here with you.” Isla Pasehal Richardson
Runner Up – Paddy
Paddy found his way into his servants’ home about a year ago, after a period of living rough around a friend’s home, and setting up camp in their shed. Paddy is now very attached to his human-mum, and has her wrapped around his little paw, demanding handfeeding and fuss and attention as required! He had been suffering with a confusing set of problems involving the upper respiratory tract but also gastro-intestinal signs too. After some changes to his medications and diet, he appears to be on the mend, and Vet2Cat has also advised on ways to try to make him less dependent on mummy. Behavioural issues always take a long time to implement a change, so perseverance is the name of the game!
Runner Up – Ronnie
Another ex-stray cat who has landed on his feet and into the care of a loving home. Ronnie was an intact male stray that his slaves started offering food and shelter to. He is still not very trusting of us humans, but has settled down reasonably well, if he can get outside when he wants to! On our first visit, it was very apparent he would be incredibly stressed by any attempt to restrain him for an examination. The whole ethos of Vet2Cat is to provide veterinary care to cats with as little stress as possible. Therefore, plans were made to take him over to Grove Vets – (one of the practices that kindly gives theatre space to Vet2Cat as required) – after a morning dose of calming gabapentin. Once there, a thorough examination was performed, he was anaesthetised to castrate him, microchip him and take a blood sample to test for the feline retroviruses FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukaemia Virus) which are more common in intact male cats. Luckily for Ronnie, the tests were negative. Male cats left entire have a reduced life expectancy, because of the prevalence of these viral infections and other fighting related injuries. They spend a massive amount of time and energy patrolling and defending their territory, to the detriment of their own health. Now Ronnie can concentrate on more important things for a cat to do – like eating and sleeping! And with a microchip now implanted, he can be relocated back home should he go wandering off.