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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!

 

Little worrywart Percy gets the Emma-treatmentRUNNER-UP – PERCY

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.