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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.

 

Tinkerbell enjoying some Dreamies
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 –  March 2020

COVID-19 is sweeping across the globe, disrupting life in all manner of ways. Vet2Cat has had to cancel the vast majority of upcoming work in order to follow the government’s guidelines, in place to protect us all. However, we did manage to see quite a few cats before the restrictions started and have selected our favourite three. You may notice some repeat offenders, so to speak, reflecting the sad truth that we have not been getting many new clients and patients signing up.

The 3 nominees this month are Belle, Georgia and Paddy…

And the winner is – PADDY!!

WINNER – PADDY

Lovely tabby & white Paddy was a COTM runner-up back in October and in February. You can see more of his story on February’s pageCat of The month February 2020 – Parker

What we really like about Paddy is that he seems to like us more each time we visit! He sometimes gives us the run around but is usually quite happy to have a smooch and a cuddle. Check out a video of us visiting Paddy at the beginning of March https://www.facebook.com/vet2cat/videos/881511262299148/

Paddy continues to have ups and downs with his ongoing inflammatory bowel disease and must take regular medication. He doesn’t particularly like the special food he has to eat to help make him better, so this is a constant source of worry to his staff. With the restrictions in place, we have had to cancel re-examination visits and convert them to phone updates. His staff need to keep a close eye on his food and water intake, his eliminations, and his weight – requiring hopping on the scales with him twice a week. Should his weight start to drop, or he shows signs of being painful or badly inappetent, we would be justified in re-visiting him. All the while his weight is stable and he remains reasonably bright, we will have to make do with regular phone calls.

Runner Up – Georgia

Also a runner-up in November, Georgia is another patient with ongoing health issues. Gorgeous Georgia had sustained a bad injury to the base of her spine from a road traffic accident many years ago. This has left her with neurological damage to the bladder and bowel, as well as a limp tail that was partially amputated. A concoction of medications are required to help her pass her wees and poos, with a very observant hooman monitoring if all is well. Even with all this to deal with, Georgia is such a delightful cat, very happy and energetic and an important source of comfort to her lovely hooman!

 

Runner-Up – Belle

Another tabby and white puss, Belle never fails to make us chuckle. We tend to visit her pal Sox more than her, but whereas Sox is a tad stand-offish, Belle just knows that we have treats in our kit-bag, so comes a-begging! We gave her a senior cat check over at the last visit, including a blood pressure check, which she passed with flying colours! She tolerated having the BP taken as long as the stream of treats kept coming!

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Cat of the Month – January 2020

We kick start 2020 with a special for January’s Cat of the Month competition, a range from the very young to the super-senior, but all have made our jobs that little bit more pleasant. We have combined 2 cats into one as they come as a double-act, giving us Bo & Barney, Parker and Bob.

And the winner is – BO & BARNEY!!

WINNER – BO & BARNEY

These two, incredibly cute, 8 week old ginger boys have found themselves in a loving home. Senior cat Missy, who also resides there, has decided to ignore these silly bundles of high energy, and fortunately they keep each other entertained and keep out of her way. Barney had a bit of a dicky tum when he arrived – not an uncommon thing in young kittens, but fortunately he soon got better after some worming, probiotics and a sensible diet. Still to be done for the boys, and all-important – their courses of vaccinations against ‘flu, enteritis and leukaemia, https://vet2cat.co.uk/fees/kitten-starter-packages/ microchipping and a few months down the road (close your ears boys!) their neutering operations! When getting kittens it is a really good idea to get two siblings, or at least kittens that have grown up together. They tend to bond well at this age, and given the right resources as they get older, can remain close pals for life. Have some consideration for insurance as well – if you don’t have bottomless pockets of money to pay for unexpected illness or injury, it’s worthwhile looking into pet insurance – but read the smallprint!! There are some terrible policies out there, they are cheap for a reason!

 

Runner Up – Parker

Handsome 16-year old Parker started yowling at night and doing some strange behaviours. He recently lost his long-term feline companion Tabs, so Parker’s dad was concerned this was a sign of grief and missing her. Although grief is definitely recognised in animals, including cats, there are also a number of medical causes of behaviour like this in elderly cats, so we are embarking on looking into these. Parker is a beautiful cat and a cheeky chappy, but he has a very short tolerance for veterinary attention! Our plans to get a blood pressure reading, examine his eyes fully, get a urine sample and possibly a blood sample were all thwarted by the ‘Cat says No!’ scenario! We will go back for round 2 soon, and perhaps with some gabapentin on board we will be more successful!

 

Runner Up – Bob

Bob just pips Parker in seniority at the grand age of 17-years! We rather love Bob, he’s a bit of dude, he made runner up back in July last year as well! Bob has a very typical old cat combination of problems with hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic kidney disease, and arthritis https://vet2cat.co.uk/common-conditions-older-cat/. With a selection of medications and diet however, he is fit, happy, and mobile. When pain relief was commenced initially for post-dental recovery, it was noted how much more lively Bob had become, he was even running around the house! It is often thought that cats with kidney disease cannot be given pain relief, and sadly this means there are many elderly cats out there living out their retirement in chronic pain. Kidney cats can be given anti-inflammatory pain relief, as long as their hydration and eating is monitored, it has been shown that they live as long as kidney cats not given any pain relief (thus its use does not shorten their life expectancy). If there are significant reasons why they cannot have painkillers from the typical anti-inflammatory group of drugs, there are alternative forms of pain relief too, so always discuss this with your vet. Arthritis hurts and makes cats miserable, they deserve a pain-free last stage of their lives.

 

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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)

 

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.