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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)

 

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