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June has been an interesting month for Vet2Cat, with a wide variety of things to do- ranging from claw clips, regular checks and vaccinations, our first batch of Solensia injections (the new osteoarthritis treatment), a big dental on Alfie the famous Church Cat, to even a couple of emergencies!

So, from all the kitties we have seen we have selected 3 that just made our jobs that much more enjoyable because they are so awesome!

The 3 contenders are Oska, Jazz and Pumba, and the winner is….

WINNER – PUMBA

If you’re an avid Vet2Cat follower, you may see a striking resemblance to Moni our April winner – that’s because 8-year-old calico Pumba is Moni’s sister! Moni & Pumba’s hooman signed them both up to our top Purrfect Health Club – the Paws Premium level, which includes annual blood & urine screening tests and biannual blood pressure checks. We are all so grateful that she did, as even though Pumba had seemed purrfectly fine, her blood and urine tests showed she had kidney disease with evidence of a urine tract infection. As its quite unusual for a cat of Pumba’s age to have kidney disease, we decided some further tests would be sensible to check for possibly underlying causes, and performed an ultrasound of her bladder and kidneys – done in the comfort of her own home. She was so good she didn’t even need sedating!

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normal size right kidney but looking a bit abnormal

We found one of her kidneys was about half the size of the other, so unfortunately would not be working very well. The infection was likely focussed within her kidneys so a course of strong antibiotics was prescribed. Good girl Pumba took all her pills in marvellous Easypill Putty and repeat tests at the end of the course showed some improvement of the kidney values and no more infection present. She won’t be cured of kidney disease unfortunately and we’re hoping she will accept a new special diet to help her kidneys as much as possible. Getting kidney cats on to special renal diets is the cornerstone of treatment – they can live more than twice as long as kidney cats that do not eat the special food!

 

RUNNER-UP – JAZZ

This boss-eyed boy is the apple of his hooman’s eye, a handsome 6 and a bit year old tabby. He was born with cross-eyes, but it doesn’t stop him from pouncing with accuracy on his toys! A home visiting vet was just purrfect for Jazz and his mum as she finds it difficult to get him into a vets. Jazz had a thorough check over and was given a clean bill of health as well as his booster. At the end of the visit, while vet Claire was sorting out the paperwork for signing him up to our Purrfect Health Club, nurse Emma took the opportunity to have a little play with Jazz involving a feather stick toy and a tunnel! So nice for our patients to have such stress-free vet care!

 

RUNNER-UP – OSKA

Handsome boy Oska with nurse Emma after his ultrasound scan

Oska is a stunning 12-year-old Maine Coon, he always seems pleased to see us, even though we can’t give him any of our special treats any more as unfortunately he has to be on a strict diet. Poor Oska was rehomed to his loving hooman in May 2020 but came to her with diarrhoea. Since then, it just didn’t go away, at his worst poor Oska was ‘going’ about 10 times a day. His mum had tried just about every digestive-type diet known to man with no success, so Oska had faecal tests, an ultrasound scan and blood tests performed. Vet Claire then arranged for him to have endoscopic biopsies done at a referral centre, and sadly the diagnosis was small cell lymphoma. This is actually fairly common in middle to older aged cats but tends to be a low-grade, insidious type of cancer, with a relatively long survival period. Oska now has daily steroids and another tablet called chlorambucil three times a week. Luckily Oska’s mum is very adept at pilling her cats! He still has very soft poops but has gained weight and is feeling more spritely now. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Oska’s progress.

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Cat of the month – APRIL

April was a rather busy month for the Vet2Cat team, so it was very difficult to pick out only 3 cats from all the lovely special fluff-balls we have seen. We finally narrowed it down to Percy, Tigger and Moni, all rather lovely sweet kitties, and all with various shades of orange!.

WINNER – MONI

Moni seems to have fallen in love with Emma!

April’s winner is the beautiful calico Moni (pronounced ‘Moanie’). Moni’s owner contacted Vet2Cat because without transport, it is very difficult to get her off to a clinic, and it’s so much nicer to be examined in her own home. Being the sweet little lady that she is, she allowed Vet Claire to exam her on her own at the first visit. Moni was suffering from a rather irritating and uncomfortable skin condition that required Vet Claire’s expertise. During the examination, a couple of lumps were also found in her mammary area.

At visit no.2, with gentle handling, mild pre-visit sedation, local anaesthetic, and expert care, Moni had fine needle aspirates taken of the lumps to determine what they were. Moni was very brave and received the good news that the lumps were nothing sinister! Her skin has also vastly improved with treatment. Well done, Moni!

 

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RUNNER-UP – PERCY

Our first April runner-up cat of the month is the stunning creamy-ginger, blue-eyed Percy. Percy is a very worried chap who finds the whole experience of new people rather frightening.

Percy needed his yearly vaccination but going to the vets was not an option for his owner. Percy gets so worked up even being placed in a basket and his owner doesn’t have a mode of transportation, so she decided to call on the Vet2Cat team. With a lot of care, a pre visit calming medication, and lots of time, Percy had a full health check and vaccination without any undue stress. Nurse Emma popped back solo to do his 2nd vac, which she had to perform with Percy trying to hide on the top of the kitchen cupboards! The things we do!

 

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RUNNER-UP – TIGGER

Caught mid-yawn, Tigger shows us his fangs!

Last but certainly not least is the gorgeous ginger & white Tigger. This nervous nellie needed his routine health check but his hooman would much prefer the vet to come and see him at home. Vet2Cat were able to give him a thorough check over so that his owner could rest assured that he was ok for another year of being a cat!

He was given a clean bill of health aside from some plaque build up on his teeth. Now Tigger’s owner has been tasked with being Tigger’s dental hygienist. Tigger is a good boy for handling and grooming so hopefully with time and patience, regular teeth cleaning will be part of his routine ablutions.

 

 

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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 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 –  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 – November 2019

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 we have selected Buck, Georgia and Squee – and the winner is…BUCK!

WINNER – BUCK

Buck was a runner-up for this award back in September, so I think his staff will be proud he’s our winner this month! Buck is such a dude, he loves our Pet Remedy Valerian spray we use at visits and starts rolling around in it! He is a whole chunk of love, a solid handsome white and tabby, and loves to patrol his territory. At home however he’s a bit of a lazy boy, I think his motto would be “Why stand when you can sit, why sit when you can lie down”! He’s become a bit arthritic in his senior years, we’re hoping some pain relief might get him moving a bit more!

Buck’s markings make him look a bit frowny, but he’s a lovely fella!

Runner Up – Georgia

Gorgeous ginger Georgia has had a tough life but still remains super friendly and chirpy. Georgia’s devoted mum took her on from a rescue organisation 6 years ago knowing she had issues. She had been hit by a car resulting in nerve damage to the bladder and the need to amputate her tail. As time has gone by, the bowel function has also become affected. She is on a concoction of medicines to try to keep the number ones and number twos flowing, and her mum has to be very vigilant. We had to help relieve a build up by performing an enema under sedation. Despite all this, she is a loving, adorable companion.

 She’s gorgeous and she knows it! Nurse Emma looks after Georgia as she recovers from her sedation.

Runner Up – Squee

Squee is just a gorgeous bundle of black and white fluff! She’s a chatty cat, always having conversations with the help. We did cheat a little for our first visit as we felt she was a teensy bit anxious, so she had a dose of gabapentin before our main visit. This is a useful ‘anxiolytic’ (meaning ‘breaks down anxiety’) for cats about to experience stressful experiences (vets, car journeys, moving house etc). With that on board, she was super chilled throughout her examination, she just fell asleep on nurse Emma’s lap!

Beautiful Squee just chillin’ on the scales!

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.