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!
The Vet2Cat team had so far managed to dodge the dreaded COVID until 28th Feb, then we have sequentially taken turns to have it and be off sick, first vet Claire, then nurse Emma then nurse Ally!
We are fortunately all recovered, if still a bit drained, but it did make things tricky for the month of March, having to cancel and postpone visits. We still managed to squeeze in a fair few cats, and have selected three fabulous felines for our Cat of the Month competition; this month we have Kimon, Barney and Chewey, and the winner is …
2-and-a-bit year old ginger & white Barney often gets overshadowed by his brother Bo who craves attention from any visitors including the Vet2Cat team! Barney is a much more reserved cat, tending to keep quiet in the hopes we might go away without noticing him. Poor Barney had a rough start in life with a bad tum for a long time, but he is now fighting fit – evident by a war wound we recently had to attend to – a bite wound on his leg – owie! He has recovered well and is back to stalking the local wildlife!
RUNNER-UP – KIMON
Named after a mid-5th century BC Athenian statesman and general, black & white boy Kimon is a recent addition to the Vet2Cat family. He has also been signed up to our Purrfect Health Club, and we are getting his vaccinations up to date along with regular provisions for flea and worming. Kimon has a very dignified air about him, as his namesake suggests – that is until the Pet Remedy cloth comes out and all his airs and graces disappear as he loses himself in the happy smells!
3-year-old ticked tabby and white Chewey was taken in from a rehoming charity 1.5 years ago but started having serious skin and behavioural issues soon after. Severe itchiness combined with odd compulsive behaviour and mood swings sometimes including aggression, made for an unhappy Chewey and very worried owner. Dermatology cases are, in vet Claire’s opinion, one of the most frustrating types of cases, for both the vet and the owner (and the patient no doubt!); the work-ups can be long-winded and expensive, and management can be difficult. There is often a lot of cross-over with behavioural problems as well, making it difficult to tease apart what is skin-related and what is behaviour-related. We now have ruled out flea allergy and food allergies, and currently Chewey is very comfortable and settled on treatment, not itchy, calm and relaxed. He even let nurse Emma pick him up for a chin scratch!
After a slow start to the year in January, February has had the Vet2Cat team being busy busy busy!
We have seen a wide range of patients this month – from long standing regulars, some we haven’t seen for quite a while to several newbies! Everything from spaying & chipping one of our youngest patients, Starlite, to having to let go of one of most favourite old boys – the winner of Cat of The Year 2021 our lovely Bob; gone from our sight but never from our hearts.
Out of all the furry felines of February we have narrowed it down to three contenders for Cat of the Month – Barbara, Belle and Thug.
And the winner is….
‘Belle’ means beautiful, and she sure is! 16-and-a-half-year-old tabby & white Belle has had a bit of a year of things – she lost her most favourite feline company Sox last year and has been missing him. On top of this, some shady catty characters in the ‘hood are making it a bit scary to go outside these days, so she started using the bathmat to pee on! Some behavioural advice particularly about litter trays soon curtailed this fortunately. Belle also has hyperthyroidism which has been rather up and down for a while but hopefully is levelling out now, and she had rather bad teeth requiring a dental. Her male hooman went to the dentist on the same day, so the 2 of them recovered together in the evening – A few fillings! Pah! Belle had 13 teeth extracted! I wonder who moaned the most…?! Belle still welcomes the Vet2Cat team at the door with a chirpy meow, which we believe means ‘Come on, get the treats out!’
RUNNER UP – BARBARA
Cute 4-year-old Torbie & White Barbara is a new patient on the Vet2Cat books. She’s had quite a few hoomans in her short life already, so we are hoping she will settle in with the latest one! Having had a rather migrant lifestyle we were half expecting to find a nervous scaredy cat, but she strutted around the room with style and confidence, what a little diva! Nurse Ally even got a cuddle in!
RUNNER UP – THUG (real name Gavroche!)
Thug is another very confident cool cat. He practically mugs nurse Emma for treats at our visits! A lovable black & white rogue of nearly 8 years, he has been passing his health checks with flying colours, including blood pressure assessment and urine testing – fortunately he does pee in the special litter, unlike his counterpart Javi.
Every month we take great pride and often a great deal of deliberation to choose one of our client’s cats for our Cat of the Month award.
For January we have selected Katie, Lulu and Romeo, and the winner is…
Despite her young looks, Lulu is 11 years old. This lovable tortoiseshell feline recently had to have a dental. Lulu is a great fan of the Vet2Cat team and didn’t hide the fact. Even though most cats are very stressed about being transported to a veterinary practice, this was not the case for Lulu! This beauty relished the attention, even though she had several teeth taken out. There was purring from collection, during the induction of anaesthetic and on recovery! The most well-behaved lady and travel companion to date!
Our January 2022 runner up is…
With years comes wisdom and Katie is certainly no fool. Not a huge fan of the Vet2Cat team at the start, Katie is now far more relaxed after regular visits and gentle handling. Pushing her way through to be over 18 years old and still opinionated! This loveable senior was diagnosed with high blood pressure and severe arthritic pain. Both conditions are manageable and are very common within the senior feline community. We love Katie even if it’s not entirely reciprocated!
The second January 2022 runner up is …
Maine Coon stunner Romeo is one of our largest cat patients! Being a Maine Coon, he is considered quite senior at the age of just over 12 years. With age comes the inevitable health concerns. Romeo has quite severe arthritic changes which made life very uncomfortable. With the most current pain medications, Romeo is feeling so much more himself. In addition to his medications, Romeo also has regular acupuncture carried out by Susan Andresier owner of https://acupaws.co.uk/
Recently, his hoomans found a funny looking lump on his inner thigh. Initial tests indicated it might be a nasty type of skin cancer, so an operation was planned. Fortunately, thorough analysis of the removed lump showed it was a more benign type of lump! What a relief!
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Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
Freedom From Discomfort
Freedom From Pain, Injury or Disease
Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
Freedom From Fear and Distress
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