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Meet Maisie our January Cat of the Month winner! Maisie was runner-up last month but we really feel she deserves to be a winner!

Maisie has been through so much in her life already. Maisie had been found dumped in a bin with her litter of kittens 3 years ago. Portsmouth Cats Lost, Found and Rehomed charity took them in until they could find them homes. They were all semi-feral and took a long time to tame. Both Maisie and her son Georgie were recently returned to Portsmouth Cats. Vet2Cat were called upon as both Georgie and Maisie are very anxious of new people and surroundings so much so that home visiting was the least stressful option.

Maisie’s very sore mouth
Say ‘Aaah!’ Much improved post-extractions.

Sadly, Maisie suffered enormously with pain in her mouth, upon examination it was discovered that she had severe gingivostomatitis. In conjunction with this they also had herpesvirus which is contagious, so they lived in a specially built cat lodge at Portsmouth cats. After a few weeks’ medical treatment for Maisie’s mouth, it was decided that the best course of action for the gingivostomatitis was to remove all her teeth as there is a 60-70% chance of a cure with this procedure. This beautiful lady coped brilliantly with the dental procedure and has improved tremendously, she has been so much happier since!

 

Mummy Maisie on top of son Georgie
‘Penny’s Place’ at Portsmouth Cats, Lost, Found & Rehomed – cabin specially for cats waiting for new homes

There is a lovely ending to this story as both Maisie and her son Georgie have found a new forever home together!

 

 

 

 

 

Our first runner up is the simply gorgeous Tikka

Tikka is an adorable ginger baby and he is very much the centre of his human’s world. This lovely chap was lucky that his parents were already registered clients of Vet2Cat so no scary trips to the vet for him!

Vet2Cat recently  took Tikka in to perform his castration and microchipping. He was a super brave boy and his lovely personality made it such an easy task! With no stress involved!

 

The final runner up is flufftastic Akeesha!

This beauty lives with her human who idolises her which was fortunate as her keen eye noticed things were just not right with this older lady.

Vet2Cat were able to visit this nervous lady in the comfort of her own home. It was discovered that Akeesha has pancreatitis and osteoarthritis both of which can cause tremendous pain.

Akeesha endured multiple blood tests and changes to her diet to make her the happier cat that she is today, with the help of her dedicated human.

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December cat of the month

WINNER is the beautiful Nettles

Nettles enjoys our Pet Remedy sprayed cltohs at a visit

Meet Nettles, her mom’s pride and joy. At the grand age of 17 years, Nettles has had a few health issues raise their ugly heads. However, thanks to the diligence of her owner, she received care from Vet2Cat quickly. Nettles has had to have treatment for painful urinary tract infections and arthritis  and kidney disease which she has managed like a trooper.

The most recent and biggest challenge of her furry life was being evacuated with her hoomans after an explosion in her neighbourhood. Nettles took it all in her stride as she was carried to safety.

If there was a feline bravery award, Nettles should be receiving it without a doubt!

Runner up is the gorgeous Percy

Poor Percy wrapped up in our ‘Kevlar’ style blanket for examination

Percy is a gorgeous ginger and white boy who came to live with his human from a rescue centre. Percy is a nervous nelly when it comes to dealing with humans, so taking him to a vet was not an option. Percy managed to injure his paw which concerned his owner. Worried about having to take this scared boy to the vets, she called on Vet2Cat to check him over in his own home. With gentle handling vet Claire was able to determine that there were no fractures or wounds and it was likely a strain of some sort. With anti-inflammatories and love Percy made a full recovery.

 

Runner up is the amazing Maisie

Maisie is currently in the care of a local cat rescue group – Portsmouth Cats, Lost, Found and Rehomed. She lives in a purpose-built feline home with her son Georgie.

Maisie so much better after her dental

Sadly, Maisie has been suffering from a severely painful condition of the mouth called Chronic Gingivostomatitis. This means the inside of her mouth – her gums surrounding the teeth and the angles of the mouth inside, were incredibly inflamed and sore, a lot of her teeth were badly affected as well. Imagine having to live like that all the time? To have any chance of being able to rehome Maisie, the charity decided they needed to do everything possible to make Maisie better. After treatment with steroids for the severe inflammation and expensive injectable antibiotics for the secondary infections, Maisie was booked in for an extensive dental procedure – ALL her teeth needed to be extracted. This is done to help reduce the ongoing inflammatory reaction that occurs in this condition, in response to the presence of plaque on the teeth. After many weeks of care, both pre- and post-dental Maisie is now so much better and well on the road to recovery.

Both Maisie and her son Georgie will be looking for homes in the future, so hopefully she can put her paws up and enjoy a pain-free life.

 

 

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Cat of the Month November 2020

So lockdown number two has certainly put a holt to a lot of things that the Vet2Cat team could do for your purrfect pets. However we have seen a few and they have been very compliant with a bit of purrfect persuasion with tasty treats and comfy cuddles.

The 3 finalists this month are, Luther, Azrael and Izzy.

WINNER- LUTHER

Luther on the prowl for food

Luther is a 10yr old gorgeous black and white boy who we visited for a routine check-up. Vet Claire found a lump over one of his canine teeth which she was concerned about as lumps can be anything from an overgrowth of inflammatory tissue, to something nasty (the big C!)  Luther’s hooman agreed to the removal of the tooth under general anaesthetic and we sent the lump away for testing- we highly advise getting lumps and bumps tested as there is such a variation to what they are, giving us all a clearer idea of what we were dealing with.  The results are in………

The lump was cause by severe infection of the bone, but no sign of cancer-  HOORAH!!!!

The lump was secondary to dental disease; both Luther’s top fangs were fractured. He also had calculus and plaque build-up on his other teeth which was cleaned up at the same time. Infection had tracked up through the fractured tooth and led to osteomyelitis – infection of the bone of the upper jaw.

Worrying lump above canine tooth
All gone!!

Luther is now doing very well enjoying cuddles and fuss from mum & dad and has been healthy and happy since his procedure. He was such a super star with everything he had to go through. That’s what pipped it to the post for him being our winner for November.

Well done Luther!

 

RUNNERS UP –  Azrael

 

Azrael pops on the scales for a weigh-in

Azrael was a new patient during November, his hooman was very worried about a skin condition that just seemed to be getting worse, but with lockdown in place getting him to a vets was proving difficult. His owner decided she wanted a vet to come to see Azrael at home, as he was very scared of being put in a box and generally going to the vets; fortunately, she found us on Google.

When we turned up for the visit, this very chilled beautiful 5kg ginger boy was happily sat in his cardboard box on the stove in the kitchen. He had lots of fuss from us in his box and we managed most of the examination with him staying where he was to reduce any further stress of handling.

He loved the nurse constantly feeding him Dreamies and giving him lots of strokes to keep his mind of what the vet was doing/looking at. He also had to have a sample of the affected areas taken, so we calmly placed a towel over him and the nurse gave him a cuddle whilst the vet took a sample.

He was a star patient considering he hated travelling to the vets and being handled. His mum and dad were over the moon with seeing the difference in him with everything he had to have done.

 

RUNNER UP – Izzy

Floofer Izzy hinting that its dinner time

Izzy is also a new patient with us in November and was rehomed back in August by the Second Chance- Portsmouth Cats Charity, so was relatively new to her forever home.

She’s approximately 13yrs old and absolutely beautiful, with her very soft, fluffy black and white coat. As you may notice from the picture, she has very small, rounded ears which have been removed at some point in the past. This is called a Pinnectomy (removing the ear tips). We don’t know when this was done but normally this operation is done to treat skin cancer of the ears, which is quite common in white-furred cats.

Izzy was a bit sceptical about 2 strangers paying her such close attention, but with lots of fuss and treats from our nurse Emma, vet Claire managed to give her a good check-over and clip her claws.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cat of the Month October 2020

October may be our last busy month for the year what with the second lockdown and December always being a quiet month in vet-world, but we have had plenty to choose from this month. We have selected 3 cats that have stood out to us with cheeky characters, cuteness and have touched our hearts, making our job a joy to perform.

The 3 finalists this month are Alfie, Mischief and Sparky, unintentionally all black +/- white, and the winner is…

 

WINNER – Sparky (RIP)

This story is very sad for me to write, as sadly, just days after we chose 16-year-old Sparky to be October’s winner, Sparky was showing signs of a declining quality of life, and that incredibly tough decision was made to release him for his mortal coil and send him on his way to Rainbow Bridge. Sparky came into the Vet2Cat fold this June, with a number of pre-exisiting conditions that were proving difficult to manage as Sparky was a bit of a pickle with oral medications. He had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism earlier in the year. His blood pressure when measured in clinic had still been running high, and his meds had been escalated.

Getting a BP reading from Sparky’s tail

Right from our first visit it was clear home-visiting was the way to go with Sparky, as his BP was a purrfect 126mmHg – a clear indication that the stress of visiting the clinic would sky-rocket his BP giving a false reading. We changed his thyroid meds to one you can wipe in the ear flaps, thus avoiding the hit-or-miss dosing of giving it in his food; plus a few tips on giving the BP tablets in various yummy things; some injections to supplement his low vitamin B12 levels; and also the addition of pain relief for his creaky joints and we had him running around the garden again! Over time vet Claire became concerned about his lack of weight gain despite stabilising the thyroid and other worrying aspects of his blood work so an ultrasound was performed. Unfortunately, masses in the tummy were found. Sparky still did amazingly well for several months on a concoction of medications and made his hooman spend loads of money on special food he would then then refuse to eat, as is the wont of the feline.

 

Our lovely Sparky-pants, we will miss you

When Emma and Claire visited him this week before lockdown, it was clear he was not doing that well anymore. The lumps in his tum were now a lot larger, and he’d developed another problem with a bunged up snotty nose on top of everything else. Making the decision to let go of our beloved cats is such a difficult thing to do. Ultimately, we love them so much and we don’t want them to suffer, it is the final act of kindness we can give to them.

“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 – Alfie

Alfie’s vet check

This 12-year-old black and white cheeky chappy was intrigued with our visit, having previously been rather difficult to get into the carrier and off to the vets. He tucked into the treats, loved the Pet Remedy spray, and

Waiting to be adored by passers-by

enjoyed cuddles. Alfie is a hit with the locals, he often sits outside the house when the local school kicks out, just to get some fuss and attention! We just love his beautiful markings on his face, so smooshy!

 

 

 

 

Runner up – Mischief

Mischief’s manky wound

Just purrfect for Hallowe’en, 9-year-old black cat Mischief proved to be quick to forgive. Despite us having to flush out a nasty wound on the top of his head, next time nurse Emma popped round to drop off his prescription he greeted her at the door, showing off how well the wound had improved!

Mischief’s Achilles’ Heel, we have discovered, is catnip. A little sprinkle on one of our bobbly blankets and he’s off

Mischief snorting some ‘nip

in his own little catnip-world!

 

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Cat of the month September 2020

Another busy month at Vet2Cat has brought us lots of feline goodness our way. From all the cats we have seen this month we have picked a selection of cheeky chaps and chapesses for our prestigious Cat of the Month prize!!

WINNER(S) – Georgia and Teddy

This ginger duo are simply scrumptious. These two are so lovely, we cannot possibly chose one over the other to be winner, so they both get joint first!

Georgia exploring the roof

Gorgeous Georgia was unlucky in her younger days by being involved in a road traffic accident. This sadly left  Georgia needing a tail amputation and ongoing bowel and urinary problems from nerve damage. This has certainly  not held her back from being a lively cheeky ginger lady, she keeps her human on her toes!

Butter wouldn’t melt!

Georgia shares her pad with the lovely Teddy. Recently, the human slave noticed that Teddy had a small dark pigmented lump on his side. Vet2Cat were called to assess and the decision was made to remove the small lump in the comfort of his own home. Teddy was a stoic patient and recovered well from a brief operation on the dining table! The lump was sent off for analysis and fortunately the results showed it was nothing sinister.

 

Teddy comes round from his minor operation under the supervision of nurse Emma

 

 

Runner up – Tia

So pretty!

This sassy tortoiseshell still has a huge zest for life despite her 21yrs! Tia’s humans were very concerned for her general health but taking this older lady to the vets was very stressful for all involved. Tia would get so worked up being in the carrier and at the vets that she would start open mouth breathing. Vet2Cat were called to assess Tia in her own home. After a careful clinical exam which involved lots of treats and cuddles Vet Claire decided on a course of action for her treatment. Tia has a typical super-senior concoction of hyperthyroidism, heart disease, high blood pressure, and probably some kidney disease to boot. Cats like this are often living on a knife edge until their conditions are better controlled, where even the stress of handling could push them into life-threatening heart failure. Very gentle handling is required. Tia’s humans couldn’t be happier with their VetCat experience compared to the trauma it had been taking her in to a practice.

Getting a blood pressure measurement and a urine sample from Tia

Runner up – Oliver

So much to cuddle!

Big black boy Oliver landed on his feet when he was taken in by his current humans, after his last human moved away. A temporary arrangement became permanent once Oliver had got his paws under the table! Oliver’s main passion in life is food, something we at Vet2Cat can understand ourselves, but his passion had resulted in an expanding waist-line. We graded his body condition score as 7 out of 9, which equate to about 20% overweight. He is now under the watchful eye of nurse Emma having regular weigh-ins and has already lost some weight!

 

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Cat of the month August 2020

Continuing the busy trend from July, August turned out to be rather busy as well, meaning we got to see loads of lovely kitties! We have picked out 3 which we feel deserve some special recognition.

Winner: Jack

Gorgeous old chap Jack is the apple of his hooman family’s eye. When Vet2Cat first met Jack he had lost a lot of body condition and was a shadow of his former self. Blood tests were taken which revealed Jack was dehydrated, had a low vitamin b12 and an uncontrolled thyroid problem along with his existing kidney problems. He failed to gain weight or condition despite correcting these problems so vet Claire was suspicious that something else was going on; Jack and his hoomans agreed to having an ultrasound scan of his abdomen. The scan revealed three masses in various locations. This was not the news any of us wanted for the delightful boy but with the at-home nursing care from his devoted staff, including adminstration of subcutaneous fluids every other day, Jack will be happy and comfortable. Looking at Jack you would not know anything was wrong! It was only through the watchful eyes of his owners that Jack was able to receive gold standard care without any stress. Today Jack is looking utterly fabulous!
Jack had an abdominal ultrasound performed

Runner up: Missy 

Our Marvellous Missy is an older absolutely scrummy brindle tortoiseshell lady.
Vet2Cat was called upon to assess Missy as she had been having more frequent events of vomiting with no obvious cause. Missy was feeling very sorry for herself and had started to hide away to sleep. An ultrasound scan was performed on her abdomen to see if there were any reasons this could be happening. An enlarged lymph node was found, and a sample taken from it. In addition, her kidneys looked abnormal and a urine sample revealed a bacterial infection which also needed attention. She also had severely low B12 levels requiring supplementation. The lymph node sample suggested an inflammatory response, probably secondary to inflammatory bowel disease.

Despite her health concerns Missy is still top cat as the cuddly beauty is now reluctantly sharing her space with two ginger and white brothers.
Missy having a kitten-esque moment in a play-tunnel.

Runner up: Rosie

Rosie is a rather timid tortoiseshell and white beauty. 
This lovely girl and her bigger brother Gus were taken home by their hoomans as rescues.
They have blossomed in their permanent home and are continuing with therapies to help them both with their anxieties.
Vaccination day arrived for Rosie and despite her worries, she allowed a minimum exam and vaccination in the comfort of her own scratching post. This is the best way for Rosie to receive veterinary care, at home with no additional things to worry her.
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Cat of the Month July 2020

July has seen Vet2Cat at its busiest since starting up last year!

With a record number of new clients and patients over the last 2 months, we have had our work cut out for us. We’ve had a range of work from routine vaccinations and check-ups, through stabilising some elderly puss-cats with their collection of problems, to that all-important end-of-life care, performed at-home with respect and privacy.

We have selected 3 cats from those seen in July, who are full of cheeky catty loveliness! Parker, Thug and Teddy make the running, and the winner is …

Teddy

Runner-up in June, we had to make Teddy this month’s winner as he is just the most adorable, funny ginger boy.

Teddy (age about 14years) has been eating lots but losing weight and condition, and with thorough testing including an abdominal ultrasound, we have found he has pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, very low vitamin B12 levels and is probably hyperthyroid to boot. Even though nurse Emma has been injecting him weekly with B12 he still comes to greet us at the door and comes to see us off again! He is slowly taking to the special food we have recommended to help his guts and pancreas. He will need ongoing monitoring so its just as well we love him so much!

 

Runner-up: Thug (proper name ‘Gavroche’)

This 6-year-old black and white boy certainly lives up to his nickname, but in a nice way!

Whilst trying to bribe his much more reserved brother Javi into taking some lovely treats from us, Thug barged Javi out of the way to scoff the lot! He then pinned down nurse Emma to get to the Easypill Putty (cleverly disguising the wormer tablet!), and tried to help Claire write up notes on the tablet.

 

 

Runner-up: Parker

Another black and white boy, 9-year-old Parker thought we were great at first, when we gave him Dreamies and yummy Thrive treats, and a Pet Remedy soaked cloth to roll around on.

He had other ideas when he saw Claire with a stethoscope, and we had a little game of ‘chase the cat around the room’ before we managed to give him a good once over. We may not be in Parker’s good books now, as his chef has been told to offer diet rations to trim up the waistline a bit!

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Cat of the Month June 2020

After a 3-month hiatus in Vet2Cat work due to That Virus, we hit the ground running in mid-June, with a fresh intake of new clients with their lovely kitties. Vet2Cat is back to being able to see all things, even non-urgent cases, so long as social distancing is observed. We can do this quite easily in your home, and at least you are not having to wait in your car or on the pavement!

We have selected 3 cats from our newbies, all gorgeous rascals with lots of character! Snowdrop, Sparky and Teddy make the running, and the winner is …

SNOWDROP

Our cat of the month is this beautiful little girl who is her hooman dad’s pride and joy. She became a Vet2Cat client as her previous practice closed whilst Snowdrop was having treatment for a wound. Snowdrop has already managed to lose one of her hind limbs in a previous trauma but that doesn’t stop her getting about. In fact she came home with a peculiar looking wound on one of her remaining paws under her claw. Her body did such an amazing job of healing it that it created proud tissue where the original wound was. It turned out that she had managed to pull her claw. After many bandages, surgical intervention was required. Now Snowdrop is on her way to having her three useful paws back to continue her crazy three-legged ways.

 

Runner-Up: Teddy

Our first runner-up is 13-ish year old Teddy, a gorgeous ginger dude with a zest for life and giving lots of smooches. An adorable chap with a devoted hooman slave.

Teddy enjoyed eating treats and getting oodles of love whilst having his health check.

Teddy’s mum called on Vet2Cat, as recently he has been eating lots but losing weight, so we performed a thorough senior health check. Typically for older puss-cats, the results so far indicate a number of concurrent problems, so he will be having an ultrasound of his tummy done shortly.

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Runner-Up : Sparky

Our second runner up is the adorable old man Sparky. At 15 years of age, Sparky is still living in the lap of luxury with his hooman mom. Recently he received a senior health check which included bloods, urine and blood pressure check, as he also has a collection of problems under management, including hypertension and hyperthyroidism.

This health check indicated that the medication Sparky was currently on was not quite cutting the mustard, but on further detective work by vet Claire, it was felt this was more down to Sparky not clearing the bowl with the hidden medication in it! Some recommendations about medication strategies and changing his thyroid treatment from oral liquid to a gel that is applied to the ear flap, and fingers crossed, we will stabilise him soon!

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Cat of the Month –  March 2020

COVID-19 is sweeping across the globe, disrupting life in all manner of ways. Vet2Cat has had to cancel the vast majority of upcoming work in order to follow the government’s guidelines, in place to protect us all. However, we did manage to see quite a few cats before the restrictions started and have selected our favourite three. You may notice some repeat offenders, so to speak, reflecting the sad truth that we have not been getting many new clients and patients signing up.

The 3 nominees this month are Belle, Georgia and Paddy…

And the winner is – PADDY!!

WINNER – PADDY

Lovely tabby & white Paddy was a COTM runner-up back in October and in February. You can see more of his story on February’s pageCat of The month February 2020 – Parker

What we really like about Paddy is that he seems to like us more each time we visit! He sometimes gives us the run around but is usually quite happy to have a smooch and a cuddle. Check out a video of us visiting Paddy at the beginning of March https://www.facebook.com/vet2cat/videos/881511262299148/

Paddy continues to have ups and downs with his ongoing inflammatory bowel disease and must take regular medication. He doesn’t particularly like the special food he has to eat to help make him better, so this is a constant source of worry to his staff. With the restrictions in place, we have had to cancel re-examination visits and convert them to phone updates. His staff need to keep a close eye on his food and water intake, his eliminations, and his weight – requiring hopping on the scales with him twice a week. Should his weight start to drop, or he shows signs of being painful or badly inappetent, we would be justified in re-visiting him. All the while his weight is stable and he remains reasonably bright, we will have to make do with regular phone calls.

Runner Up – Georgia

Also a runner-up in November, Georgia is another patient with ongoing health issues. Gorgeous Georgia had sustained a bad injury to the base of her spine from a road traffic accident many years ago. This has left her with neurological damage to the bladder and bowel, as well as a limp tail that was partially amputated. A concoction of medications are required to help her pass her wees and poos, with a very observant hooman monitoring if all is well. Even with all this to deal with, Georgia is such a delightful cat, very happy and energetic and an important source of comfort to her lovely hooman!

 

Runner-Up – Belle

Another tabby and white puss, Belle never fails to make us chuckle. We tend to visit her pal Sox more than her, but whereas Sox is a tad stand-offish, Belle just knows that we have treats in our kit-bag, so comes a-begging! We gave her a senior cat check over at the last visit, including a blood pressure check, which she passed with flying colours! She tolerated having the BP taken as long as the stream of treats kept coming!

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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.

And the winner is – 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

Parker disturbed from his afternoon nap to have a vet check up. At least he can get straight back to it when we’re done!

“That’s the spot, right there!”- Paddy gets a good scratch from Emma

Runner Up – Paddy   

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.

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Cat of the Month – January 2020

We kick start 2020 with a special for January’s Cat of the Month competition, a range from the very young to the super-senior, but all have made our jobs that little bit more pleasant. We have combined 2 cats into one as they come as a double-act, giving us Bo & Barney, Parker and Bob.

And the winner is – BO & BARNEY!!

WINNER – BO & BARNEY

These two, incredibly cute, 8 week old ginger boys have found themselves in a loving home. Senior cat Missy, who also resides there, has decided to ignore these silly bundles of high energy, and fortunately they keep each other entertained and keep out of her way. Barney had a bit of a dicky tum when he arrived – not an uncommon thing in young kittens, but fortunately he soon got better after some worming, probiotics and a sensible diet. Still to be done for the boys, and all-important – their courses of vaccinations against ‘flu, enteritis and leukaemia, https://vet2cat.co.uk/fees/kitten-starter-packages/ microchipping and a few months down the road (close your ears boys!) their neutering operations! When getting kittens it is a really good idea to get two siblings, or at least kittens that have grown up together. They tend to bond well at this age, and given the right resources as they get older, can remain close pals for life. Have some consideration for insurance as well – if you don’t have bottomless pockets of money to pay for unexpected illness or injury, it’s worthwhile looking into pet insurance – but read the smallprint!! There are some terrible policies out there, they are cheap for a reason!

 

Runner Up – Parker

Handsome 16-year old Parker started yowling at night and doing some strange behaviours. He recently lost his long-term feline companion Tabs, so Parker’s dad was concerned this was a sign of grief and missing her. Although grief is definitely recognised in animals, including cats, there are also a number of medical causes of behaviour like this in elderly cats, so we are embarking on looking into these. Parker is a beautiful cat and a cheeky chappy, but he has a very short tolerance for veterinary attention! Our plans to get a blood pressure reading, examine his eyes fully, get a urine sample and possibly a blood sample were all thwarted by the ‘Cat says No!’ scenario! We will go back for round 2 soon, and perhaps with some gabapentin on board we will be more successful!

 

Runner Up – Bob

Bob just pips Parker in seniority at the grand age of 17-years! We rather love Bob, he’s a bit of dude, he made runner up back in July last year as well! Bob has a very typical old cat combination of problems with hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic kidney disease, and arthritis https://vet2cat.co.uk/common-conditions-older-cat/. With a selection of medications and diet however, he is fit, happy, and mobile. When pain relief was commenced initially for post-dental recovery, it was noted how much more lively Bob had become, he was even running around the house! It is often thought that cats with kidney disease cannot be given pain relief, and sadly this means there are many elderly cats out there living out their retirement in chronic pain. Kidney cats can be given anti-inflammatory pain relief, as long as their hydration and eating is monitored, it has been shown that they live as long as kidney cats not given any pain relief (thus its use does not shorten their life expectancy). If there are significant reasons why they cannot have painkillers from the typical anti-inflammatory group of drugs, there are alternative forms of pain relief too, so always discuss this with your vet. Arthritis hurts and makes cats miserable, they deserve a pain-free last stage of their lives.

 

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Cat of the Month – December 2019

Its our very last Cat Of The Month for 2019! December was a very quiet month – not too unexpected as this is common in the vet world in the run up to Christmas, plus vet Claire having some time off. So out of the sum total of 5 cats we saw this month we have our 3 nominations to be December’s Cat of the Month!

This month we have selected Mr Blu, Squee and (post humously) Lily – and the winner is…SQUEE!

WINNER – SQUEE

Squee has gone from a runner-up in November to Winner in December! We love Squee, she’s the funniest patient we have. She seems to like our visits now, with no more need for pre-visit gabapentin, she is friendly, amenable and just the most adorable long haired black & white puss going! As is quite common in cats, Squee has really come out of her shell since the passing of her nemesis Squiddy –COTM October . Cats commonly don’t get on with other cats in the house, so will devise a space or time share arrangement in order to avoid ‘the other one’. Squee used to stay solely in the kitchen when Squiddy was around but is now coming out into other parts of the house and is enjoying having her slave all to herself! We were checking on Squee initially as a general senior cat check-up, including blood pressure and a urine test. Because she is 12 years old so falls into the Senior lifestage of cats Senior Cat Care4Life, we recommended a change of diet to better quality senior cat food. After a few weeks of trying hard to get her to eat the good stuff, Squee developed bad scabby skin – something she has had before due to stressful events. In fear of Squee starving herself to death, her slave gave in and started dishing out the junk food pouches again – only for the skin lesions to resolve! Squee had not eaten any of the medicines we prescribed because – well she’s a cat! – and had only had a mild topical wipe used on the skin, so we have chalked this one up to the stress associated with trying to change her diet! Some kids will only eat junk food and no veggies – some cats just want to eat the rubbish pouches and not the high-quality nutrition we want them to have. And sometimes we just have to pick our battles.

What a stunner! Squee was reluctant to give me back my Pet Remedy Valerian-sprayed blankie, and my nurse Emma!

Runner Up – Mr Blu

Mr Blu features in our health blog section about Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. Nurse Emma is a little bit in love with Mr Blu, even though the feeling is absolutely not mutual! Vet2Cat had to visit because his claws were getting so long, he had a bit of an altercation with a radiator grid. It was lovely to see him again since his cystitis troubles back in July. Although he is still super scared of us, with some gabapentin on board we can now manage to carefully and gently restrain him for an examination. One mani-pedi later and a general check over, we found he had done really well on his special diet, having lost 1kg since July! Along with all his environmental enrichment and a high level of wet food to make his pee more dilute and large in quantity, this weight loss is very good for his FIC condition. We just have to keep all our fingers and toes crossed now, as there is a pending house-move coming up!

Mr Blu having a better day than a vet-visit day, and then hiding under chairs so we can’t get to him!

 

 

Runner Up – Lily – resting in peace at Rainbow Bridge

If any case can demonstrate the absolute resilience of the feline species it is this beautiful British Shorthair babe, 18-year old Lily. Lily’s devoted mum called upon Vet2Cat because Lily would get so distressed with going into a practice, and with seeing different vets at each visit, she felt no one was really taking into account the whole picture. It was known that she previously had a mild stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD), but in the few weeks that we looked after her, we also diagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure), pyelonephritis (infection within the kidneys), a suspected bladder cancer, chorioretinitis (inflammation of the back of the eye where vision is perceived), and heart disease. Although she was improving well with treatment for some of these conditions, it was all too much for her little heart and she went into congestive heart failure. Lily’s carers made the brave decision to let her go to rest in peace.

“Remember our love
In a moment you’ll see
That I’m still here beside you
When you’re thinking of me.”

(From ‘Remember our Love’, by Julie Epp)

 

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

These apply to all animals in the care of humans, whether a house pet, a horse, farm or zoo animals:

  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom From Discomfort
  3. Freedom From Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

Purrfect Health Club

At Vet2Cat we offer monthly health plans to help spread the cost of your cat’s preventative health care.
Our range of monthly health plans have been devised to cover different cats’ lifestyles, ages and individual needs.
Read more about our Purrfect Health Club here.