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Caring for your Cat

Did you know?

  • Cats love naps and will sleep for 12-18 hours a day! zzzzZZZZ

  • Cats can hear higher frequencies than dogs and humans allowing them to pick up sounds of rodents

  • Cats are very independent and each have their own territory which they will defend if necessary

  • Unlike humans and dogs, cats are obligate carnivores

  • Domestic cats have conquered the world! They are in every continent apart from Antartica

  • Cat lovers are officially called Ailurophiles, are you an Ailurophile?

 

 

At Bellevue Veterinary clinic we are pleased to announce we have recently become a Cat Friendly Clinic. We understand that cats are very different from dogs, they are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds and smells, are highly susceptible to stress and aren’t used to travelling away from home. As an accredited clinic we have reached a higher standard of cat care, all members of staff understand how to approach and handle cats gently and with care, we have a high standard of equipment to allow us to give your cat the best possible care and we have a separate cat ward with igloo beds and cat toys to allow your cat to feel safe. Megan, the head of our small animal practice and the cat advocate for Bellevue is always happy to speak to you if you have any concerns regarding your feline friend.

Below are some handy hints for reducing stress for your cat:

 

 

 

Bringing your cat to the clinic:

  • Use a robust and easy to clean carrier that ideally can be opened from the top

  • Place a towel over the carrier during travelling to keep your cat calm and secure the carrier in the foot well or the seat so it can’t move.

  • Keep the carrier in the house and encourage your cat to use it to sleep or feed in so it doesn’t just come out for vet visits. Line the carrier with a blanket that smells of home and carry a spare blanket in case of an accident on the way!

Taking your cat home from the clinic after an operation:

  • After an anaesthetic your cat may be subdued or disorientated. Allow then to come to you, talk to them gently and fuss them.

  • Watch them closely to ensure they aren’t licking or pulling at any stitches; keep them indoors for the first 24 hours or longer as instructed by your vet.

  • Pain can be difficult to assess in cats but they may show signs of loss of appetite, hiding or being withdrawn. Call the clinic if you have any concerns.

  • Always ensure you are present when you re-introduce your cat to their friends at home, your cat will be carrying unfamiliar smells which may threaten other cats.

  • Your cat may be more reluctant to eat and not want their normal food but eating is very important for healing. So try warming the food to body temperature, hand feeding them or offering them tasty food such as boiled chicken or white fish.

Giving tablets to your cat:

  • Often tablets are palatable and your cats will take them from you or take them hidden in wet food or a piece of butter, meat or fish

  • However if they don’t take them voluntarily you will need to tablet your cat. This is best done using a pill popper to save your fingers!

  • It is much easier with two people. Ask your assistant to gently hold your cat into their body ensuring both front legs are held by either hand. It may be helpful to wrap your cat gently in a towel.

  • Then place the pill in the tip of the pill popper.

  • Hold you cats head gently and firmly, placing your thumb and forefinger on either side of the jaw bone. Tilt the cats head back.

  • This will automatically loosen the lower jaw allowing you to insert the pill popper down the back of the tongue and then fire.

  • Then close the mouth quickly with the hand that is holding the head and use your other hand to stroke their neck.

  • You may need to syringe water into their mouth to ensure they swallow.

  • If your cat becomes very stressed or aggressive then contact the clinic and we will look into alternatives.

Applying spot-on preparation to your cat:

  • Gently restrain your cat

  • Part the skin on the back of the neck and drop on the product. You may need to use several locations to ensure it is all in contact with the skin

  • Often cats don’t like the sensation of this so offering treats as a distraction/reward is a good idea

  • CARE- Some spot-ons used on dogs are toxic for cats. Never use a dog spot-on on a cat.

Giving ear drops to your cat:

  • Hold your cat firmly but gently, wrapping them in a towel may make this easier.

  • Lift up the pinna and insert the nozzle of the drops into the ear canal

  • Squirt out the required dose

  • Then massage the base of the ear canal, you should hear a squelching sound

  • Care as your cat is then likely to shake their head and get ear drops all over you!

  • You may need an extra person to hold their head still

Giving eye drops or ointment:

  • Hold your cat firmly and gently, you may need to have another person or wrap them in a towel.

  • Use your left hand to steady the head

  • Hold the drops between your thumb and first finger of your right hand (If you are right handed)

  • Use your 5th and 4th finger to pull up the upper lid and then drop the eye drops in from above making sure the bottle doesn’t get too close to the eye!

Changing your cats’ food:

  • We often prescribe veterinary diets to cats to treat certain common diseases such as kidney disease or urinary tract disease

  • Many cats are obese so we can sometimes prescribe diets for weight loss also.

  • You must always change the food gradually over 6 days. The first two days use 75% old food and 25% new, then do 2 days of 50% old and 50% new, and then 2 days of 25% old and 75% new before completely switching

  • If your cat is reluctant to eat the new diet then make the change more gradually

  • If using a wet diet then warm it slightly to body temperature to increase the smell as cats have a much better sense of smell than they to taste buds!

Category: Small Animals