MY CAT HATES GOING TO THE VET!
Ospika Animal Hospital understands the stress a vet visit can cause your pet. We listened to you. We now have a cat friendly room
for you and your feline friend to relax during your visit.
Please try some or all of the suggestions for your cat’s next visit to the vet:
- Place treats in the carrier to make it a happy place.
- A small meal just before a car ride could prevent upset tummy for cats that get car sick. Do not take food away for too long before a veterinary visit this can too create stress.
-If your cat has a favourite toy, bring it along. Also, bring a towel or blanket that has the scent of family members, as well as your cat’s smell.
- Your lap is a good place for a carrier (the cat sees and smells you and is off the ground). You will be moved to a quiet exam room as soon as possible.
All cats should be vaccinated against serious diseases such as cat flu, Feline Enteritis or Distemper (Panleukopenia), Feline Leukemia and Rabies. Indoor and outdoor cats can both be at risk through airborne viruses or contact with other animals and/or the environment.
PREVENTION VS TREATMENT
Many cats are brought to the vet as kittens but then not examined again until later in life suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease. Unfortunately, cats tend to hide when they are unwell and unless you are carefully looking for subtle signs or changes in their behaviour, the problem may be advanced by the time it is noticed. Regular physical examinations by a veterinarian are essential to maintain a long healthy life for your beloved pet.
While indoor cats are less at risk for trauma and infectious disease they are at equal risk for bladder problems, kidney disease, dental disease, tummy upsets and in fact, are more likely to suffer from obesity and diabetes mellitus due to lack of exercise.
SPAY OR NEUTER:
At Ospika Animal Hospital we recommend spaying your female cat, or neutering your male cat at 6 months of age. They are surgical procedures that require a day visit to the hospital.
For more information on the benefits of spay and neuter click on the following link:
DECLAWING YOUR CAT – SHOULD YOU OR SHOULDN’T YOU?
Amputating the tips of your pet’s toes is not an automatic part of the new pet startup kit. However when spouses battle over shredded furniture, or when a new baby arrives in a household with a scratching cat, declawing may be the only alternative. That said, declawing should never be a pre-emptive response to the possibility of a cat’s scratching.
In most cases, scratching can be prevented with environmental and behavioral management such as keeping the cat away from problem areas and trimming the nails regularly. Acceptable scratching can be encouraged by providing a proper scratching post. The post could be moved to the area where the cat is scratching inappropriately. Scratched furniture can be covered with plastic, tin foil, or sticky tape. Spray on antiperspirants can be sprayed on the furniture as a repellent. Treats or catnip can be used to attract the cat to the scratching post. Remote punishment can be administered in the form of a water squirt bottle. Booby traps can be set up using balloons or mouse traps turned upside-down. In this way, punishment can still be carried out when the owner is not at home.
Many owners, however, are not excited about putting mousetraps up against their living room furniture, upholstering in aluminum foil, or decorating sofas and chairs with balloons. Declawing may be the only choice between keeping a cherished pet and a trip to the shelter.
Standard declaw involves the amputation of the last digit on each of the front toes, a procedure roughly comparable to cutting off your own fingertips at the first joint. With declawing comes a responsibility to the cat you have altered. Living indoors is especially important for declawed cats.
Currently, at the Ospika Animal Hospital, our method of declaw is the disarticulation method. This procedure involves the delicate disconnection of all the tiny ligaments holding the third bone in place. The entire third bone is removed. The skin is then glued over the exposed joint, the feet are bandaged and the cat is hospitalized. The next day the bandaging is removed and the cat remains hospitalized for one more night.
What to Expect/Possible Complications
- Because the entire third bone is removed, there is a zero possibility of the claw growing back; however, the cut ligaments allow for a subtle drop in the way the foot is held. Most owners do not notice this change in posture.
- Two nights in the hospital are required for this procedure (one night with bandaging and one prior to surgery for pain control)
- Some spotting of blood is normal from the toes during the first few days at home
- Shredded paper or pelleted recycled newspaper litter such is Yesterday’s News is recommended for 10 days after surgery. Clay or sand litters can impact inside the tiny incisions and cause infections. Declawed cats do not lose their litter box instinct.
- The declawed cat will have sore feet after surgery. This recovery period should not last longer than a week or so. Healing should be complete by 2 weeks.
Another popular method for controlling a scratching problem is the gluing of blunt acrylic nail caps onto the cat’s claws. The idea is that the blunt nail will not be sharp enough to cause damage. The nail caps will wear off and must be replaced as the nail grows out. Our hospital staff will place the first set, then the owner has the option of placing the caps him/herself at home.
The most important thing is to make a claw management decision you are happy with. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to bring them up with your veterinarian.