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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 March 2021

March has been picking up and keeping us busy. As well as seeing 43 cats, many of which are new to Vet2Cat, we passed our first Veterinary Medicines Directorate inspection (phew!), the Vet2CatMobile passed its MOT (phew!), unfortunately nurse Emma’s beloved BMW got badly damaged in an accident (but no one got hurt – phew!) and we have been trialling a new ultrasound machine!

Our 3 contenders for Cat of the Month are really special cats, all for different reasons. This month we have Esme, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond and Sooty, and the winner is…

WINNER – ESME

As well as Cat of the Month, we should also give a ‘Cat Owner of the Month’ award here!

Esme is a very pretty 2-year-old long haired tabby & white. She was taken in at the start of this year, as her previous owner did not want her anymore because she didn’t get on with the new kitten (in extremis – she tried to kill it!). She seemed to settle in quite well at her new abode, until one day when a neighbouring cat dared to sit just outside her front room window. It become apparent Esme is a very territorial cat, as she started making a lot of noise, then turned on her owner in a bout of redirected aggression. Another episodes a bit later had her poor new hooman quaking in her slippers going anywhere near her.

Esme was too scared to come out at our first visit

Cue Nurse Emma and a feline behavioural consultation! Emma spent a lot of time investigating Esme’s background and the new living situation. We went to assess her at the home, finding a very nervous, hypervigilant cat. Emma explained a lot about feline behaviour, and set the owners up with things to do, one of which was clicker training. A technique more associated with dog training, cats can also be trained – the concept is good behaviour coincides with a Click on the clicker followed immediately by a reward.  A month later we went back to vaccinate Esme and found a completely different cat AND owner. Ok, we cheated a bit by giving Esme some pre-visit mild sedation, but both of them were relaxed and happy. The clicker training had worked brilliantly, and we even used it within the consult to gain Esme’s trust. Esme is a loving cat, but just hadn’t really learned had to deal with certain situations. We are so impressed with her owner’s perseverance with the training, and not allowing a rather scary event to put her off keeping Esme. Well Done C&D, gold stars for you both.

 

Runner up – Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond

A grand title for a grand cat! 10-year-old black (with a tiny bit of white on his throat) boy Sir Sidney had been taken on by his owner from the rescue centre where she worked, selected as she wanted the ’hardest one to rehome’. A noble deed, but well worth it, as Sir Sidney flourished in his new kingdom. He is still incredibly nervous of strangers, and always suffered terribly with trips to the vets, so vet Claire popped along to assess just how difficult he might be and prescribed some of our magic pre-visit sedative. With this on board, Sir Sidney was so chilled out, it made our job not only easy but utterly enjoyable; for us, for Sir S and for his hooman courtier! Sir Sidney is a clever cat – he can walk on his 2 hind legs!

 

 

Runner up – Sooty

Slightly older black & white gentleman, Sooty is the beloved companion of a lovely senior lady. He keeps her happy and entertained with his antics. Sooty had decided about 5 years ago he preferred this lady over the hoomans he was supposed to be with, and they have been inseparable ever since, even moving into a retirement home together. Everyone at the retirement home knows Sooty, and all get concerned if he is ever ill. Vet2Cat is purrfect for Sooty and his mum, as its very tricky for her to get him to a vet practice for check-ups and treatments.

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Cat of the month February 2021

February has been pretty quiet of the Vet2Cat front, what with lockdown restrictions- we have had to postpone a lot of the routine work we had lined up. Vets had to have a clinical justification to perform a face-to-face consultation, but even with this we have managed to see 19 patients at their homes.

Out of these 19 fur-babies we have selected 3 for our Cat of the Month competition. This month we have Ginger, Scarlett and Lady Muppet, and the winner is…

WINNER – Lady Muppet (pronounced ‘Moo-pay’ – as is ‘The Bou-kay Residence’ if you’re old enough to remember Keeping up Appearances!)

Lady Muppet waiting patiently for her ultrasound
Snug as a bug ready to go home

Lady Muppet is a 7-year-old pretty little tabby & white cat. She did what cats do best and hid her illness for as long as possible until she was really very unwell, and in typical cat-style showed only vague signs – went off her food and was very sleepy. On our first visit to her, we found she was severely dehydrated and had a very high temperature. After some blood and urine tests, some supportive fluid therapy and an abdominal scan we discovered the problem was an infection in her liver. We set her up with various pills and potions, and she has so far made a marvellous recovery. Your hooman now has her little diva back!

 

 

Runner up – Scarlett

Nice and toasty by the fire
1 claw nearly touching the toe bean

At the grand old age of nearly 19 years (huge apologies for adding on 2 years previously!!), Scarlett is taking her retirement lying down mostly, preferably by the fire. Like a lot of old kitties her claws have a tendency to get very long, with the risk of growing into the toe pads (or toe beans as we like to call them!). Previously renowned for her vet-harming skills, and tendency to get incredibly stressed when taken into practices, Scarlett’s hoomans were pleased to hear about our services. The first time we visited her we used some of our magic gabapentin pre-visit sedative, but this old lady is still very savvy – the second time this was attempted Scarlett totally refused to eat the laced food! Fortunately, with nurse Emma’s cat-handling skills we still managed to complete the mani-pedi with only a little grumble from Scarlett!

 

Runner up – Ginger

Belly rubs from nurse Emma

Can you guess what colour he is?!! 13-year-old long-haired ginger Ginger has lost some weight recently, and was noticeably drinking and eating more. Vet2Cat offers a cost-effective Senior Cat Screen package covering blood pressure measurement, blood testing and urine testing, to cover the most common ailments we see in this age category. Ginger needed some gabapentin to facilitate these tests as although very friendly, he had other ideas when we mentioned blood sampling! Again, in typical cat fashion, Ginger’s results are not straight-forward – so further testing is required. It is very common for older cats to have multiple conditions at the same time, which can complicate the blood picture. Fortunately, this is vet Claire’s forté, she loves unravelling the complexities of a feline medical mystery. Unfortunately for Ginger’s hoomans, this can end up costing a fair bit more money. Thank Heavens Ginger is insured!

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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 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 – 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)

 

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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.