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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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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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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!

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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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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

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Our range of monthly health plans have been devised to cover different cats’ lifestyles, ages and individual needs.
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