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CAT OF THE MONTH JUNE 2022

June has been a busy month, with nurse Emma indisposed for half of it under the surgeon’s knife for her gammy elbow, and nurse Ally stepping up to cover to void. Also in the calendar was a trip to Rhodes for vet Claire to attend the annual ISFM feline conference, somewhat thwarted by a few injuries after a bit of a tumble one day at work.

So, four cats have been selected by the team as contenders for Cat of The Month; those being Lucie, Oska and a pair called Piglet & Princess.

And the winner is …(Joint) WINNERS – PIGLET & PRINCESS

Daddy’s girl Princess
Piglet! That is supposed to be for your baby hooman brother!

2-year-olds, tabby fluffball ‘Piglet’ and tabby & white ‘Princess’ are a pair of nervous little ex-street cats, now settled as city cats. Both cats had a dose of mild sedative given pre-visit, resulting in a much more chilled out experience than our last visit 6 months ago. Slippery but furry eels would be a good description of them then, but now they were calm and enjoying Dreamies throughout their check-ups. Even with a new human baby brother in their lives, the two cats are doing very well indeed.

 

RUNNER UP – OSKA

Oska in a box inside a box

 

Lovely 13-year-old Maine Coon Oska has regular check-ups, tests and medications for his ongoing tummy problems. He is very tolerant of our attentions for the most part but will let us know if he’s had enough with a quick nip!

 

 

 

 

RUNNER UP – LUCIE

This ‘Lucie’ is actually a boy – a gorgeous 12-year-old black beauty his name is short for Lucifer! Far from being devilish, he is a rather nervous

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fella, but takes our examinations in his stride. At a recent routine 6-month health check, vet Claire noticed some abnormalities of one of his irises (the coloured bit of the eye). A referral to see the specialists at Optivet referrals confirmed uveitis (inflammation of inner parts of the eye), which is now being investigated further. This goes to show how regular health checks like this can pick up issues which may otherwise be missed.

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CAT OF THE MONTH MAY 2022

The winner of cat of the month goes to the handsome Mr Boris. Boris is a gorgeous ginger boy who loves dreamies and is slowly being won over by nurse Ally who has a thing for the gingers!

Boris has had a tough time lately. He went to see the wonderful team at Anderson Moores after we found that some of his liver enzymes were high and that his pancreas and liver showed some abnormalities when we scanned him.

This means that his beautiful coat had to be clipped and his sister is taking the mick out of him something rotten. We’ve told him to keep his head high, he’s still a handsome chap and his hair is growing back.

Thankfully Boris’s condition can be managed with a change in diet and he will be fighting fit in no time.

Our wonderful runners-up are Oz and Kitty-May

The beautiful semi senior chap Oz is a very special little man. Vet2Cat looks after both Oz and his brother Paul.

This tabby dude started to feel the aches and pains like most senior cats with arthritic changes. Unfortunately, Oz also had advanced kidney disease so choosing the appropriate pain relief was vital.

Oz has a monthly injection of Solensia; nicknamed ‘The Go Faster Jab’ by the Vet2Cat team, which is making a huge difference to his quality of life.

Oz decided that wasn’t enough for his owner to worry about, so threw in a bout of anaemia too!

However, Oz has certainly bounced back from this, enough to give nurse Emma a cheeky slap after his last visit.

 

Kitty-May the black and white beauty is also one of Vet2Cat’s senior patients. Kitty-May can get very nervous around strangers so the Vet2Cat team were happy to help ease those worries.

In her late teens Kitty-May has quite severe mobility issues, accompanied by dental disease and some gut issues.

With the help of diagnostics, such as blood samples and a full clinical work up, Kitty was able to be treated with the right medications and is now on the road to a full recovery. Another one of our patients receiving the Go Faster Jab, she has found a new lease of life!

 

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CAT OF THE MONTH APRIL 2022

We would like to announce Tilly as our cat of the month!

Tilly is one of our golden oldies who loves to sit and watch the birds and the neighbourhood and has two very doting humans catering to her every whim.

We have grown very fond of Tilly who although can be a little nervous of strangers (especially those who smell like veterinary staff!) she has always treated us with only very casual disdain and never tells us off with the sharp bits.

Tilly recently had some digestive problems, and was a very brave girl for her  bloodwork and an abdominal ultrasound. We are happy to report she is now back to her normal self.

Our wonderful runners up are Dotty and Gamora.

Stunning Dotty has been a Vet2Cat patient for some time. Recently her owner contacted us as Dotty was not being her usual self. Upon examination it was discovered she was suffering with arthritic and abdominal pain. Dotty had also been vomiting which made her very depressed. Once the Vet2cat team got their paws on her she is now a different cat. There is a relatively new medication called Solensia which is a monoclonal antibody. It is an injection given once a month for arthritic pain. Her mom can’t believe the difference! Dotty is now running about like a kitten, pain free! Go faster medicine is the tip of the day from Dotty!

 

Last but certainly not least is the gorgeous Gamora (aka Fluffy Bum)

Gamora was adopted from a rescue centre along with her sibling, (not related but they have always been together) Harley Quinn. Adapting well to a multi cat household, she has fallen on her paws with her new hoomans. On a routine check and vaccination with Vet2Cat, Claire highlighted that Gamora had some dental disease known as resorptive lesions. This is where the tooth is destroyed which can leave a visible hole. This can be a very painful condition so the Vet2Cat team performed a dental procedure, extracting the affected teeth. Now Gamora has shiny white teeth making her a much happier cat!

 

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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 …

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WINNER- BARNEY

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!

 

 

 

RUNNER-UP -CHEWEY

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!

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CAT OF THE MONTH FEB 2022

After a slow start to the year in January, February has had the Vet2Cat team being busy busy busy!

We have seen a wide range of patients this month – from long standing regulars, some we haven’t seen for quite a while to several newbies! Everything from spaying & chipping one of our youngest patients, Starlite, to having to let go of one of most favourite old boys – the winner of Cat of The Year 2021 our lovely Bob; gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

Out of all the furry felines of February we have narrowed it down to three contenders for Cat of the Month – Barbara, Belle and Thug.

And the winner is….

BELLE

‘Belle’ means beautiful, and she sure is! 16-and-a-half-year-old tabby & white Belle has had a bit of a year of things – she lost her most favourite feline company Sox last year and has been missing him. On top of this, some shady catty characters in the ‘hood are making it a bit scary to go outside these days, so she started using the bathmat to pee on! Some behavioural advice particularly about litter trays soon curtailed this fortunately. Belle also has hyperthyroidism which has been rather up and down for a while but hopefully is levelling out now, and she had rather bad teeth requiring a dental. Her male hooman went to the dentist on the same day, so the 2 of them recovered together in the evening – A few fillings! Pah! Belle had 13 teeth extracted! I wonder who moaned the most…?! Belle still welcomes the Vet2Cat team at the door with a chirpy meow, which we believe means ‘Come on, get the treats out!’

RUNNER UP – BARBARA

Cute 4-year-old Torbie & White Barbara is a new patient on the Vet2Cat books. She’s had quite a few hoomans in her short life already, so we are hoping she will settle in with the latest one! Having had a rather migrant lifestyle we were half expecting to find a nervous scaredy cat, but she strutted around the room with style and confidence, what a little diva! Nurse Ally even got a cuddle in!

 

RUNNER UP – THUG (real name Gavroche!)

Thug is another very confident cool cat. He practically mugs nurse Emma for treats at our visits! A lovable black & white rogue of nearly 8 years, he has been passing his health checks with flying colours, including blood pressure assessment and urine testing – fortunately he does pee in the special litter, unlike his counterpart Javi.

 

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Cat of the month January 2022

Every month we take great pride and often a great deal of deliberation to choose one of our client’s cats for our Cat of the Month award.

For January we have selected Katie, Lulu and Romeo, and the winner is…

Lulu

On the way back from her dental, vet Claire could stroke her paws!

Despite her young looks, Lulu is 11 years old. This lovable tortoiseshell feline recently had to have a dental. Lulu is a great fan of the Vet2Cat team and didn’t hide the fact. Even though most cats are very stressed about being transported to a veterinary practice, this was not the case for Lulu! This beauty relished the attention, even though she had several teeth taken out. There was purring from collection, during the induction of anaesthetic and on recovery! The most well-behaved lady and travel companion to date!

 

 

 

Our January 2022 runner up is…

Katie

Katie has a plush cushion to ease her achey joints

With years comes wisdom and Katie is certainly no fool. Not a huge fan of the Vet2Cat team at the start, Katie is now far more relaxed after regular visits and gentle handling. Pushing her way through to be over 18 years old and still opinionated! This loveable senior was diagnosed with high blood pressure and severe arthritic pain. Both conditions are manageable and are very common within the senior feline community. We love Katie even if it’s not entirely reciprocated!

 

 

The second January 2022 runner up is …

Romeo

Romeo recovers from his little op with nurse Ally
Romeo likes to sit in the drying rack!

Maine Coon stunner Romeo is one of our largest cat patients! Being a Maine Coon, he is considered quite senior at the age of just over 12 years. With age comes the inevitable health concerns. Romeo has quite severe arthritic changes which made life very uncomfortable. With the most current pain medications, Romeo is feeling so much more himself. In addition to his medications, Romeo also has regular acupuncture carried out by Susan Andresier owner of https://acupaws.co.uk/

Recently, his hoomans found a funny looking lump on his inner thigh. Initial tests indicated it might be a nasty type of skin cancer, so an operation was planned. Fortunately, thorough analysis of the removed lump showed it was a more benign type of lump! What a relief!

 

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Cat of the Year 2021

For December 2021 the Vet2Cat team have decided to finish the year with “Cat of the Year” instead of cat of the month.

We have so many wonderful clients that it was such a difficult decision but, Cat of the year 2021 is….

BOB

This beautiful chap of nearly 19 years young is one of the Vet2Cat team’s favourites.

Like most older puss cats, Bob has his fair share of health issues that are under management including arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid).

Before we knew Bob, his hooman had terrible trouble giving Bob any medications and he did not like to travel to the vets and made his feelings known!

After a few visits from the Vet2Cat team, Bob would greet us on arrival but also made sure we left!

We introduced Bob and his hooman to Easypill Putty, a mouldable palatable treat to conceal tablets. This was a game changer for them both. Bob has to have multiple medications to manage his current conditions which would never have been achievable before Easypill.

Bob also has a monthly injection called Solensia to help with his arthritic pain. It doesn’t have the same side effects as the commonly used non-steroidal treatments (please ask us for more information). It has had a huge impact on Bob’s lifestyle with his hooman reporting the shock of watching this senior citizen doing the zoomies again!

Bob has his very own personal veterinary team tending to his health needs in his own pad, and medications that help, as well as taste good.

Bob you are a legend and it is a pleasure to be your on-hand physicians!

 

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Cat of the month November 2021

Every month we choose three cats that we feel deserve special acknowledgment. We have a winner and two runner ups.

The winner of the Vet2Cat cat of the month goes to…..

Beautiful BRUCE

Mr Fluff-ball, Bruce joined the vet2cat family recently. Like so many it was simply the trauma of being taken to the vet that prompted Bruce’s hoomans to come to us. He shares his hoomans with two other furry felines, but Bruce still rules the roost!

This gorgeous senior chap of 17 years was diagnosed with severe arthritis and high blood pressure. With careful monitoring and the most up-to-date medications, including the innovative monthly injection Solensia for arthritis, Bruce is living his life to the fullest once again!

Our first runner up this month is …

The lovely TILLY

As with many of our patients, taking Tilly to a veterinary practice was just far too stressful for both Tilly and her hoomans.

We first saw Tilly as her owner was concerned that she was limping. As it turns out, even at the age of 10 years, she was suffering from severe arthritic changes in multiple limbs, and was really struggling to get around.

This lovely laid-back lady is a pleasure to be around, living life like a kitten again with pain medications on board.

 

 

Our second runner up this month is….

The spirited BOW

It is fair to say that not all Vet2Cat patients are overwhelmed with joy to see us in their own home! Bow was no exception. Bow was not in the least but enamoured with us invading her territory, to the point she made that very clear-  our ‘Kevlar’ CatWrap blanket was always within grabbing distance!

The reason she has been chosen for this month is the outstanding progress she has made with trusting us. With worried or anxious cats this can take years of consistent training. However, with kind,gentle handling, some pharmaceutical assistance from mild pre-visit sedatives, and a lot of patience, Bow no longer gives us quite such a hard time for her check-ups!

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.