ftsf-2734a088-28b0-4121-9caa-29461fa5a66f.jpeg.jpg

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.

Parker.jpg

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.