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Once again, May has been a busy month for Vet2Cat, with so many lovely kitties to choose from! It was a tough decision but we selected three cats which just bowled us over with their lovely characters.

Sooty loves rolling around with a Valerian sprayed cloth

Winner – Sooty

Our winner for the month of May has to be the sensational Sooty! Sooty has been a previous runner-up but his winning personality has earned him the right to be winner!

Sooty is always extremely excited to see the Vet2Cat team, especially as we always bring him his favourite toy; a cloth sprayed with valerian.

Sooty’s human servant decided that she really ought to buy him some valerian spray (aka Pet Remedy) to have at home.

Now his favourite monkey toy is sprayed regularly for hours of fun for Sooty!

 

Buffy being huffy, other times she’s fluffy!

Runner-up – Buffy

A runner up for May is the beautiful, bold Buffy. In her twilight years of 18 Buffy’s owner was convinced that the time was approaching that she would have to let Buffy go. At this point Buffy was not moving about very much and despite a good appetite she would get very constipated.  After our initial assessment it became evident that Buffy was crippled with arthritis and was also suffering from high blood pressure. After careful monitoring with her blood pressure tablets and her arthritis medication, and a gentle laxative to ease that burden, Buffy rules the roost once more! To Buffy, 18 is just a number!

 

Oooh, look at that face!

Runner up – Tilly

A truly well-deserved runner up is the timid but very affectionate Tilly! This little lady had started to limp a bit, which led her human companion to call in the Vet2Cat team to assess.

It transpired that Tilly was suffering from painful arthritis affecting all four of her limbs – not just the obviously lame one. This really surprised her owner as she, like many others, thought that this was a condition that only affected the much older cat. At only 10 years old, it is sad Tilly is so badly affected, especially as osteoarthritis is an incurable disease that progresses, the best we can do is to manage pain and make some adjustments in the environment to help them get around more easily.

After trialling some anti-inflammatory pain relief, Tilly is now doing the “zoomies” on a regular basis, with little signs of slowing down. Tilly’s owners are thrilled to see her back to her happy self again.

It seems an opportune time to bring to your attention that a brand-new medicine called SOLENSIA is now available for the treatment of arthritis in cats. This ground-breaking new product has far fewer potential adverse effects on the body, acting on pain in a completely different way to anti-inflammatories.

Keep your eyes on our Vet2Cat posts for more information, or contact us directly to discuss! Phone 07842570273.

 

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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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Once again, its very difficult to select out of all our lovely patients but we have a top 3, Frank, Toffee and Ratatouille… and the winner is FRANK!

Poor ol’ 14-year old Siamese, Frank, has been through the mill a bit. He’s already lost one eye last year. Recently however, he’d been having difficulty pooping. Due to a combination of issues, he developed severe constipation so needed to have an enema. He also has kidney disease and heart disease and was dehydrated. Its very common for old puss-cats to have multiple co-morbidities, it makes for increased risk of anaesthetics, and difficulties in treatments – often a treatment for one condition could make another condition worse, for example, he needed fluid therapy for the dehydration and constipation but if given too quickly, it could worsen his heart condition. After 3 days of slow fluid therapy, he was ready for an anaesthetic to unbung his bottom! Not the most pleasant of procedures us vets have to do, but what a difference it made to Frank! A much happier Siamese afterwards. He is now on a combination of laxatives and gut stimulants, and we have trained Frank’s staff to give him regular sub-cutaneous fluid therapy at home. This greatly helps support his kidneys and also the bowels. So far, he is tolerating this really well. Ah, the joys of feline medicine!! “Cats aren’t happy with one disease, they like to collect them” I once heard a feline specialist say, definitely the case for Frank!

Pictured here (from left to right):- Frank recovers in Emma’s arms post-enema; Nurse Emma training Frank’s mum how to give fluids under the skin; and a check-up with vet Claire – spot the patient!

 

Runner Up  -Toffee

Toffee is a very handsome Ginger Boy of 7 years, seen here looking rather non-chalant! While his pal Mischief was getting high on catnip, Toffee was more interested in keeping an eye on us, but was quite partial to some Thrive tuna treats and Easypill putty, which we used to administer a worming tablet. He wasn’t very impressed with receiving his Bravecto flea treatment, however!.

 

 

 

 

Runner Up – Ratatouille

This 5 year old Egyptian Mau was non-stop furry energy from the moment we arrived! He just loved everything! Catnip, food, and the feather toy was a big hit! Hard to get a non-blurry photo! FYI, if we use the feather toy for a cat, it is disinfected, rinsed and dried before any other cats touch it, so as to avoid the spread of any diseases.

 

 

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  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
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  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

Purrfect Health Club

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