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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!

 

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.