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CAT OF THE MONTH MAY 2022

The winner of cat of the month goes to the handsome Mr Boris. Boris is a gorgeous ginger boy who loves dreamies and is slowly being won over by nurse Ally who has a thing for the gingers!

Boris has had a tough time lately. He went to see the wonderful team at Anderson Moores after we found that some of his liver enzymes were high and that his pancreas and liver showed some abnormalities when we scanned him.

This means that his beautiful coat had to be clipped and his sister is taking the mick out of him something rotten. We’ve told him to keep his head high, he’s still a handsome chap and his hair is growing back.

Thankfully Boris’s condition can be managed with a change in diet and he will be fighting fit in no time.

Our wonderful runners-up are Oz and Kitty-May

The beautiful semi senior chap Oz is a very special little man. Vet2Cat looks after both Oz and his brother Paul.

This tabby dude started to feel the aches and pains like most senior cats with arthritic changes. Unfortunately, Oz also had advanced kidney disease so choosing the appropriate pain relief was vital.

Oz has a monthly injection of Solensia; nicknamed ‘The Go Faster Jab’ by the Vet2Cat team, which is making a huge difference to his quality of life.

Oz decided that wasn’t enough for his owner to worry about, so threw in a bout of anaemia too!

However, Oz has certainly bounced back from this, enough to give nurse Emma a cheeky slap after his last visit.

 

Kitty-May the black and white beauty is also one of Vet2Cat’s senior patients. Kitty-May can get very nervous around strangers so the Vet2Cat team were happy to help ease those worries.

In her late teens Kitty-May has quite severe mobility issues, accompanied by dental disease and some gut issues.

With the help of diagnostics, such as blood samples and a full clinical work up, Kitty was able to be treated with the right medications and is now on the road to a full recovery. Another one of our patients receiving the Go Faster Jab, she has found a new lease of life!

 

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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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Cat of the month January 2022

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…

Lulu

On the way back from her dental, vet Claire could stroke her paws!

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…

Katie

Katie has a plush cushion to ease her achey joints

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 …

Romeo

Romeo recovers from his little op with nurse Ally
Romeo likes to sit in the drying rack!

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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Cat of the Year 2021

For December 2021 the Vet2Cat team have decided to finish the year with “Cat of the Year” instead of cat of the month.

We have so many wonderful clients that it was such a difficult decision but, Cat of the year 2021 is….

BOB

This beautiful chap of nearly 19 years young is one of the Vet2Cat team’s favourites.

Like most older puss cats, Bob has his fair share of health issues that are under management including arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid).

Before we knew Bob, his hooman had terrible trouble giving Bob any medications and he did not like to travel to the vets and made his feelings known!

After a few visits from the Vet2Cat team, Bob would greet us on arrival but also made sure we left!

We introduced Bob and his hooman to Easypill Putty, a mouldable palatable treat to conceal tablets. This was a game changer for them both. Bob has to have multiple medications to manage his current conditions which would never have been achievable before Easypill.

Bob also has a monthly injection called Solensia to help with his arthritic pain. It doesn’t have the same side effects as the commonly used non-steroidal treatments (please ask us for more information). It has had a huge impact on Bob’s lifestyle with his hooman reporting the shock of watching this senior citizen doing the zoomies again!

Bob has his very own personal veterinary team tending to his health needs in his own pad, and medications that help, as well as taste good.

Bob you are a legend and it is a pleasure to be your on-hand physicians!

 

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Cat of the month November 2021

Every month we choose three cats that we feel deserve special acknowledgment. We have a winner and two runner ups.

The winner of the Vet2Cat cat of the month goes to…..

Beautiful BRUCE

Mr Fluff-ball, Bruce joined the vet2cat family recently. Like so many it was simply the trauma of being taken to the vet that prompted Bruce’s hoomans to come to us. He shares his hoomans with two other furry felines, but Bruce still rules the roost!

This gorgeous senior chap of 17 years was diagnosed with severe arthritis and high blood pressure. With careful monitoring and the most up-to-date medications, including the innovative monthly injection Solensia for arthritis, Bruce is living his life to the fullest once again!

Our first runner up this month is …

The lovely TILLY

As with many of our patients, taking Tilly to a veterinary practice was just far too stressful for both Tilly and her hoomans.

We first saw Tilly as her owner was concerned that she was limping. As it turns out, even at the age of 10 years, she was suffering from severe arthritic changes in multiple limbs, and was really struggling to get around.

This lovely laid-back lady is a pleasure to be around, living life like a kitten again with pain medications on board.

 

 

Our second runner up this month is….

The spirited BOW

It is fair to say that not all Vet2Cat patients are overwhelmed with joy to see us in their own home! Bow was no exception. Bow was not in the least but enamoured with us invading her territory, to the point she made that very clear-  our ‘Kevlar’ CatWrap blanket was always within grabbing distance!

The reason she has been chosen for this month is the outstanding progress she has made with trusting us. With worried or anxious cats this can take years of consistent training. However, with kind,gentle handling, some pharmaceutical assistance from mild pre-visit sedatives, and a lot of patience, Bow no longer gives us quite such a hard time for her check-ups!

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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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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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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!

 

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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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