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Cat of the Month June 2020

After a 3-month hiatus in Vet2Cat work due to That Virus, we hit the ground running in mid-June, with a fresh intake of new clients with their lovely kitties. Vet2Cat is back to being able to see all things, even non-urgent cases, so long as social distancing is observed. We can do this quite easily in your home, and at least you are not having to wait in your car or on the pavement!

We have selected 3 cats from our newbies, all gorgeous rascals with lots of character! Snowdrop, Sparky and Teddy make the running, and the winner is …

SNOWDROP

Our cat of the month is this beautiful little girl who is her hooman dad’s pride and joy. She became a Vet2Cat client as her previous practice closed whilst Snowdrop was having treatment for a wound. Snowdrop has already managed to lose one of her hind limbs in a previous trauma but that doesn’t stop her getting about. In fact she came home with a peculiar looking wound on one of her remaining paws under her claw. Her body did such an amazing job of healing it that it created proud tissue where the original wound was. It turned out that she had managed to pull her claw. After many bandages, surgical intervention was required. Now Snowdrop is on her way to having her three useful paws back to continue her crazy three-legged ways.

 

Runner-Up: Teddy

Our first runner-up is 13-ish year old Teddy, a gorgeous ginger dude with a zest for life and giving lots of smooches. An adorable chap with a devoted hooman slave.

Teddy enjoyed eating treats and getting oodles of love whilst having his health check.

Teddy’s mum called on Vet2Cat, as recently he has been eating lots but losing weight, so we performed a thorough senior health check. Typically for older puss-cats, the results so far indicate a number of concurrent problems, so he will be having an ultrasound of his tummy done shortly.

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Runner-Up : Sparky

Our second runner up is the adorable old man Sparky. At 15 years of age, Sparky is still living in the lap of luxury with his hooman mom. Recently he received a senior health check which included bloods, urine and blood pressure check, as he also has a collection of problems under management, including hypertension and hyperthyroidism.

This health check indicated that the medication Sparky was currently on was not quite cutting the mustard, but on further detective work by vet Claire, it was felt this was more down to Sparky not clearing the bowl with the hidden medication in it! Some recommendations about medication strategies and changing his thyroid treatment from oral liquid to a gel that is applied to the ear flap, and fingers crossed, we will stabilise him soon!

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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 –  February 2020

February’s selection of cats that have put a smile on our faces as we go about our work includes, Lulu, Paddy and Parker.

And the winner is – PARKER!!

Promoted from runner up in January to winner in February! Vet2Cat is very proud of Parker, as are his hoomans. The reason being – he had to go off to see the specialist ophthalmologists at Optivet in Havant http://www.optivet.com/, and we were all a bit worried about how he would cope with this, generally not being the most tolerant of patients. But a dose of gabapentin pre-travel and the wonderful eye vets Prado and Natalia were singing his praises! He was so well behaved for his examination there.

Vet Claire referred 15-year-old Parker after finding some abnormalities at the back of his eyes. This was during a follow up visit regarding Parker yowling at night and doing some odd things. Although Claire suspected Parker had hypertension (high blood pressure), the multiple tiny ‘fluffy’ lesions seen did not seem typical for the classic hypertension changes we normally see, so an expert opinion was sought. The outcome – the changes were chalked up to hypertension after all, but very early stages. This stage is not often seen as we usually miss it, we often disregard these behavioural changes in older cats as ‘just his age’- perhaps a bit of senility. Parker had even had a BP check in October which was normal and was due to have another routine check this April. Fortunately, because Parker’s dad is very attuned to Parker’s demeanour, he picked up that something was amiss very quickly, and got straight on the phone to Vet2Cat! Finding and treating this from an early stage has likely saved Parker from going blind.

The CatCareForLife programme recommends cats above the age of 7 years have a yearly blood pressure check and cats over 11 years have this checked twice yearly. Check out this chart of recommended routine health care for cats: https://www.catcare4life.org/app/uploads/2018/03/Recommended-examinations.pdf

Parker disturbed from his afternoon nap to have a vet check up. At least he can get straight back to it when we’re done!

“That’s the spot, right there!”- Paddy gets a good scratch from Emma

Runner Up – Paddy   

Lovely Paddy made COTM runner up back in October. Since then his gastro-intestinal problems got worse, so an investigation was begun. Vet Claire performed an ultrasound and found an abnormal section of his intestines. To really get to grips with ongoing intestinal disease, biopsy is generally required, so Paddy was referred to Lumbry Park Specialists, where he underwent endoscopy – a flexible camera with biopsy tools is passed down into the stomach and first part of intestines and samples are taken (under a full anaesthetic!). The biopsy results showed he has ‘chronic enteropathy’ – a broad term meaning there is inflammation of the intestines, but fortunately no signs of cancer.

A long battle of wills began, trying to convince Paddy to eat the very specialised diet that was prescribed to the absolute exclusion of everything else – no mean feat! He also needs twice daily pilling with steroids and gut protectants, and we have had to use various other medications to encourage him to eat as well as reduce his signs of vomiting and nausea. Nurse Emma visited to show Paddy’s carers how to administer all these pills, and now Paddy is quietly resigned to having this done. He is thankfully showing improvement after many weeks, but it will still be many months of special food, medications and re-assessments before he will (hopefully) be fixed.

Runner Up – Lulu

A recent convert to Vet2Cat, Lulu’s mum is over the moon about our home visiting service. Lulu kept missing follow-up appointments at the vets because she was so difficult to get in a carrier. Because of this her vaccinations had lapsed, and she hadn’t had a good once-over for a while. Visiting Lulu at home, is a different story entirely. She is a very friendly cat and spent most of the time sitting on assistant Helen’s lap purring and kneading. She was only a bit miffed when she realised we weren’t just visitors but were there to give her a jab, flea and worming treatments!

“What do you mean this is a vet visit?!” – Lulu giving Helen a good kneading.

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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.

 

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.