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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!

 

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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!

Itsy-bitsy left kidney
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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Cat of the month – APRIL

April was a rather busy month for the Vet2Cat team, so it was very difficult to pick out only 3 cats from all the lovely special fluff-balls we have seen. We finally narrowed it down to Percy, Tigger and Moni, all rather lovely sweet kitties, and all with various shades of orange!.

WINNER – MONI

Moni seems to have fallen in love with Emma!

April’s winner is the beautiful calico Moni (pronounced ‘Moanie’). Moni’s owner contacted Vet2Cat because without transport, it is very difficult to get her off to a clinic, and it’s so much nicer to be examined in her own home. Being the sweet little lady that she is, she allowed Vet Claire to exam her on her own at the first visit. Moni was suffering from a rather irritating and uncomfortable skin condition that required Vet Claire’s expertise. During the examination, a couple of lumps were also found in her mammary area.

At visit no.2, with gentle handling, mild pre-visit sedation, local anaesthetic, and expert care, Moni had fine needle aspirates taken of the lumps to determine what they were. Moni was very brave and received the good news that the lumps were nothing sinister! Her skin has also vastly improved with treatment. Well done, Moni!

 

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RUNNER-UP – PERCY

Our first April runner-up cat of the month is the stunning creamy-ginger, blue-eyed Percy. Percy is a very worried chap who finds the whole experience of new people rather frightening.

Percy needed his yearly vaccination but going to the vets was not an option for his owner. Percy gets so worked up even being placed in a basket and his owner doesn’t have a mode of transportation, so she decided to call on the Vet2Cat team. With a lot of care, a pre visit calming medication, and lots of time, Percy had a full health check and vaccination without any undue stress. Nurse Emma popped back solo to do his 2nd vac, which she had to perform with Percy trying to hide on the top of the kitchen cupboards! The things we do!

 

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RUNNER-UP – TIGGER

Caught mid-yawn, Tigger shows us his fangs!

Last but certainly not least is the gorgeous ginger & white Tigger. This nervous nellie needed his routine health check but his hooman would much prefer the vet to come and see him at home. Vet2Cat were able to give him a thorough check over so that his owner could rest assured that he was ok for another year of being a cat!

He was given a clean bill of health aside from some plaque build up on his teeth. Now Tigger’s owner has been tasked with being Tigger’s dental hygienist. Tigger is a good boy for handling and grooming so hopefully with time and patience, regular teeth cleaning will be part of his routine ablutions.

 

 

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Cat of the month March 2021

March has been picking up and keeping us busy. As well as seeing 43 cats, many of which are new to Vet2Cat, we passed our first Veterinary Medicines Directorate inspection (phew!), the Vet2CatMobile passed its MOT (phew!), unfortunately nurse Emma’s beloved BMW got badly damaged in an accident (but no one got hurt – phew!) and we have been trialling a new ultrasound machine!

Our 3 contenders for Cat of the Month are really special cats, all for different reasons. This month we have Esme, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond and Sooty, and the winner is…

WINNER – ESME

As well as Cat of the Month, we should also give a ‘Cat Owner of the Month’ award here!

Esme is a very pretty 2-year-old long haired tabby & white. She was taken in at the start of this year, as her previous owner did not want her anymore because she didn’t get on with the new kitten (in extremis – she tried to kill it!). She seemed to settle in quite well at her new abode, until one day when a neighbouring cat dared to sit just outside her front room window. It become apparent Esme is a very territorial cat, as she started making a lot of noise, then turned on her owner in a bout of redirected aggression. Another episodes a bit later had her poor new hooman quaking in her slippers going anywhere near her.

Esme was too scared to come out at our first visit

Cue Nurse Emma and a feline behavioural consultation! Emma spent a lot of time investigating Esme’s background and the new living situation. We went to assess her at the home, finding a very nervous, hypervigilant cat. Emma explained a lot about feline behaviour, and set the owners up with things to do, one of which was clicker training. A technique more associated with dog training, cats can also be trained – the concept is good behaviour coincides with a Click on the clicker followed immediately by a reward.  A month later we went back to vaccinate Esme and found a completely different cat AND owner. Ok, we cheated a bit by giving Esme some pre-visit mild sedation, but both of them were relaxed and happy. The clicker training had worked brilliantly, and we even used it within the consult to gain Esme’s trust. Esme is a loving cat, but just hadn’t really learned had to deal with certain situations. We are so impressed with her owner’s perseverance with the training, and not allowing a rather scary event to put her off keeping Esme. Well Done C&D, gold stars for you both.

 

Runner up – Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond

A grand title for a grand cat! 10-year-old black (with a tiny bit of white on his throat) boy Sir Sidney had been taken on by his owner from the rescue centre where she worked, selected as she wanted the ’hardest one to rehome’. A noble deed, but well worth it, as Sir Sidney flourished in his new kingdom. He is still incredibly nervous of strangers, and always suffered terribly with trips to the vets, so vet Claire popped along to assess just how difficult he might be and prescribed some of our magic pre-visit sedative. With this on board, Sir Sidney was so chilled out, it made our job not only easy but utterly enjoyable; for us, for Sir S and for his hooman courtier! Sir Sidney is a clever cat – he can walk on his 2 hind legs!

 

 

Runner up – Sooty

Slightly older black & white gentleman, Sooty is the beloved companion of a lovely senior lady. He keeps her happy and entertained with his antics. Sooty had decided about 5 years ago he preferred this lady over the hoomans he was supposed to be with, and they have been inseparable ever since, even moving into a retirement home together. Everyone at the retirement home knows Sooty, and all get concerned if he is ever ill. Vet2Cat is purrfect for Sooty and his mum, as its very tricky for her to get him to a vet practice for check-ups and treatments.

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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.

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.