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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

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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!

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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…

STARLITE

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.

 

 

RUNNER-UP BRUCE

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.

 

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September Cat of the Month

Every month we choose 3 cats that we think have shown some incredible resilience with health issues or they are just a bit special. This month we have chosen Toby, Ralph and Buffy, and our winner is……

Buffy

Buffy is a senior lady at the age of 19! Don’t let her age fool you though, as she has the mind of a 5-year-old as the bath mat can testify to.

With being an older lady, a visit in a carrier to a veterinary practice was incredibly stressful so her human sought the services of the Vet2Cat home visiting team.

Buffy is ready for Christmas already!

With age comes the inevitable health issues and for Buffy this was in the form of hypertension (high blood pressure) and osteoarthritis. With close monitoring and medications Buffy has resorted back to feeling young and can still go in a “huff” as her human calls it.

 

 

 

 

Our first runner up for September is…

The scrumptious Toby!

Toby is a very awesome chap who is extremely polite and will tap your hand to ask for a dreamie. Recently he had to undergo dental attention which was a huge task, so much so that it had to be performed under two procedures. Being as resilient as he is, Toby will make a full recovery and will be tapping hands for dreamies in no time!

 

The second runner up for September is….

Ralph

Last but certainly not least is the rather dashing black cat Ralph. This young stunner has a lot of clever tricks up his paws, including giving high fives! The Vet2Cat team were called to assess Ralph due to him vomiting and having diarrhoea – all resolved with a few supportive treatments. Ralph also still had some of his deciduous (baby) premolar teeth. This is quite rare as cats normally lose these as they mature. Ralph’s human will be monitoring to see if they naturally fall out or if the Vet2Cat team need to give them a helping hand.

 

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Cat of the month August 2021

Vet2Cat has had a very busy August! Lots of new clients and a new Vet2Cat cat mobile mark 2 was put on the road.

It has been a really hard month to choose from our lovely feline patients, but the winner and runners up were finally chosen!

Our winner of the August cat of the month is …..

Bob

This scrumptious senior chap was one of the very first Vet2Cat patients! At the grand old age of nearly 19 years Bob is living his best life! When we first met Bob, like many cats, his hooman said that medicating him would be impossible! However, his hooman had never heard of Easypill Putty! A mouldable treat that can encase any medications without feline detection! This is just as well! After his first check-up Bob was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) which required daily medication. With the help of Easypill Putty, Bob takes his medication with no trouble or stress involved!

Bob also had a major dental procedure under the care of the Vet2Cat team, always a worry to put our little oldies under an anaesthetic. Being a mature fellow Bob suffers from arthritis and had been using the usual non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to ease his pain. This year however, a new medication was released to target arthritic pain without the side-effects that can occur from non-steroidals.Solensia is a monoclonal antibody which targets the nerve growth factor which controls the pain messages sent to the brain. Since starting the monthly injection, Bob is like a kitten again! His owner reports running up and down the hall with the zoomies! Well done old chap!

Our first runner up this month is…

Stripes

Stripes is on the mend and looking good

Stripes is a 2-year-old neutered boy with some ongoing urinary tract issues. Stripes had a write up in our newsletter as due to his anxiety he had suffered from a blocked bladder which is a life-threatening emergency. Since the newsletter, Stripes re-blocked and required an operation called a perineal urethrostomy. Sadly, the blockage was all the way through to the tip of his penis, so poor Stripes lost his penis as a new surgical hole was made for him to be able to urinate. Stripes recovered very well under the watchful eye of vet Claire. Stripes is now back at home with his family and adapting well to his new anatomy!

 

Last but not least our final runner up is ….

Kitty

Kitty is feeling better with treatment and special diet

 

This little old lady is at the grand age of 19 years! Kitty’s owner got in touch with the Vet2Cat team as she was concerned that Kitty was eating lots but losing weight. The owner thought that there may be a thyroid problem which is common in older cats. Vet Claire however was not convinced it was a thyroid problem as clinically nothing indicated this apart from her ravenous appetite. After some discussion a blood test was taken. This revealed that Kitty had severely low B12, an indication of the less common EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) condition. The blood test for this was quite costly but the owner wanted to make sure we had ruled everything out. Claire was correct in her thinking! Kitty was positive for EPI and is now on treatment and a special diet for management of the condition. Kitty’s hooman reports that she is doing really well and enjoying life in her late teens!

 

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Cat of the month July 2021

Another busy hot month for us at Vet2Cat. We are desperately trying to find a second cat-nurse so we can provide routine visits on more days of the week without running Claire & Emma into the ground! So far, we have been unsuccessful – vet nurses (and vets) are as rare as hens’ teeth, then adding the requirement to be feline-friendly makes them as rare as gold-plated hens’ teeth!

But we still managed to see a lot of wonderful kitties this month and selected 3, well actually 5, as 2 lots of 2 kind of come as joint packages!

This month winning prize goes post-humously to

JAKE (RIP)

This amazing resilient ginger chap was diagnosed with an oral sarcoma cancer at the beginning of June.

Jake’s tumour was starting to show

With this kind of cancer, the majority off cats do not manage to survive past 30 days. Jake proved them wrong.

With the dedication and unwavering love from his owners Jake lived a happy comfortable life for 8 weeks after diagnosis. Sadly, despite his beautiful soul, Jake’s parents had to make the hardest decision to say goodbye.

Even though he is no longer with us, Jake made such a huge pawprint on our hearts that he most definitely deserves to be our July winner.

 

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Rex relaxing with the catnip toy

Runners up: Tinkerbell and Rex

These beautiful two black and white cats are simply amazing. Both cats were visited for a general check up by the Vet2Cat team. We came bearing gifts of catnip stuffed kick-sticks, which they both enjoyed tremendously before we got down to business.

During this visit it was discovered that the lovely Tinkerbell had a heart problem, so an echocardiogram was arranged, showing the need for some prophylactic treatment.  This highlights the importance of annual check ups even if your cat looks great!

Rex was also checked by the team as he has a lump which concerned his owner. Tests so far have ruled out the nasty ‘C’ but further investigations are still required.

 

Runners Up: Thug & Javi

Javi enjoys a head scratch
Thug looks for an extra treat

The rather enamouring Thug and Javi (proper names Gavroche & Javert) are our final runners up for this July. This lovely pair of boys are very special. They couldn’t be more different in personality but both are extremely charming. They both co-operated beautifully for their Vet2Cat senior cat check-ups, including vaccinations and blood pressure monitoring. Thug in particular will do whatever he can to get those Dreamies from the team!

 

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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!

Itsy-bitsy left kidney
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 –  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.

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.