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Keep safe from COVID19

Thursday, March 19, 2020

We want to keep you and our staff protected from the COVID-19 virus while providing the top level of care for your cats.

Canberra Cat Vet remains open and is planning to stay open unless directed to close.

Please be patient with our staff while we work through this difficult time.

Our strategies include:

  • All clients and staff washing or sanitizing hands before and after each contact in the clinic
  • Disinfecting all surfaces in the waiting and consultation rooms after every consultation or contact
  • Minimizing the number of people in the waiting room
  • Only seeing one client per cat in the consultation room
  • Keeping face to face consultations short

Your responsibilities:

  • Fill in a history online or in the waiting room to minimize contact time
  • Please make an appointment well ahead of time
  • Phone from your car in the car park to see if we are ready for you
  • Phone ahead for food pickups, medications, insurance forms or prescriptions
  • If you are sick (cough, flu-like symptoms) or particularly vulnerable to the virus (over 70 years of age, chronic problems like asthma, diabetes or heart disease) or have returned from overseas in the last 14 days please phone to arrange a telephone consultation.
  • If you are not in self-isolation or have a family member or friend who could drop your cat in her/his carrier in the air lock at our front door we could still examine and treat them in the hospital
  • If you are in self-isolation or reluctant to leave home we are in the process of implementing an online consultation platform. To utilise it you must be an existing client of Canberra Cat Vet

Human Coronavirus and your cat

Thursday, February 20, 2020



Authorities have told us not to panic! It is highly unlikely that COVID-19, the new human coronavirus, will be transmitted through your cat.
Although the human virus seems to have emerged from an animal source it now spreads from human to human in coughs and sneezes.
Scientists have not detected any dogs or cats infected with COVID-19.

To be on the safe side World Small Animal Veterinary Association One Health Committee Chair Michael Lappin, DVM, recommends that you:

  • Keep your pet with you if you are self-quarantined
  • Keep cats indoors
  • If family or friends become hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection overseas or on return to Australia arrange for pets to be cared for outside the home
  • If your cat has been around someone infected with COVID-19 and becomes ill please let us know when you book an appointment for your cat
  • If you have been in China or around someone infected with COVID-19 please let us know when you book an appointment for your cat
Information specific to Australia is found here


Laser pointers - harm or good?

Thursday, January 09, 2020


Cats and laser pointers. Name a more iconic duo. Unfortunately for our feline friends, laser pointers are often used in potentially harmful ways.The problem with laser pointers is that they lack an endpoint. Nothing is ever physically caught. Even if the cat is “successful,” there's no reward. Such pointless play can cause some cats to develop a compulsive disorder. Instead of engaging in normal activities like playing with their owners or even eating, these cats will spend a large portion of their day chasing things that are similar to the laser pointer light, such as shadows or reflections.
But that doesn't mean you need to stop using laser pointers.They're great for exercising cats and giving them the predatory stimulation they need. Use it in a way that's more effective by adding a clicker.
Here's how it works: The cat is trained to associate the sound of the clicker with pleasing its owner and with the promise of a tangible reward. Once it's clicker trained, the cat is periodically allowed to “catch” the laser light, at which point the owner delivers a click followed by a tasty treat. In this way, the cat knows that it's won and that something good is coming.

Dry Cats

Thursday, November 14, 2019
                      Cats are adapted to desert environments. In the desert their fluids come from their foods so they have evolved with a poor drive to drink and inferior drinking techniques and equipment.

  • Fresh prey contains 60-70% water and hunting cats do not naturally drink water.
  • You may have noticed that your cat often misses the surface of the water in the bowl at first pass. As predators, cats' eyes are designed to focus at a distance of at least 25cm so it's difficult for them to focus on the water surface. Many cats gauge the surface by looking at the far side of the bowl. Many prefer to lap from a tap or off the shower floor.
  • Cats are very inefficient at lapping fluids of low viscosity, such as water, because unlike other animals that create suction in their mouths, they must rely on their tongues to pull a column of water into their mouths. They only take in 3/100 of a teaspoon with each lap.
  • To top it all off cats are afraid of attack from predators and would prefer not to have to crouch at the waterhole to take in their fluids.
What can we do to prevent chronic dehydration and the dangers of kidney disease and bladder stones, especially in older cats? Feeding a high proportion of wet food - meat, cans or pouches - is the easiest solution. Providing fresh water in a private, quiet place every day and responding to their preference for moving water or water on large surfaces will also help. Avoid a solely dry diet at all costs.

Canberra Cat Vet wins local business award

Thursday, November 14, 2019
                                                           Canberra Cat Vet was greatly honoured to win the Local Business Award for Outstanding Pet Care last night.

A big thank you to all our wonderful clients for your nomination for the award and your trust and support over the last 6 years.

We love working with you to optimise the health and well-being of your feline family.

Virus update

Thursday, September 12, 2019
                                               The common strain of Calicivirus is active in the ACT this spring. Kittens with sore mouths, sneezes and runny noses suffer like humans with colds.
Unvaccinated kittens and cats fall victim to Calicivirus and take longer to get over it than vaccinated cats.
Vaccines stimulate the cat's natural immune system to produce defences to viruses.
The two viruses that cause 'cat flu' are calicivirus and herpesvirus. Most cats come into contact with them at some time in their lives.
Owners can bring calicivirus and parvovirus, which causes Feline Panleukopenia or Enteritis, home on their hands and shoes so even indoor cats are at risk of illness.
The vaccine for panleukopaenia is very effective and in adults immunity lasts for 3 years.
The vaccine for the 'cat flu' reduces the severity of flu symptoms and vaccinated cats recover more rapidly.

Desex your cat

Thursday, August 22, 2019
                                                                    The RSPCA ACT is running their Fix Your Feline program again this year.
Register with the RSPCA for an $80 discount voucher then call Canberra Cat Vet for an appointment on 6251 1444 or book online with us.
Please pass this information on to anyone you know would benefit.

Arthritis in cats

Sunday, August 18, 2019
     Isabella had a terrible time climbing up on the basin to supervise the morning wash today. She clambered onto the laundry basket and nearly missed the bench when she leapt over. She wasn't much better when it was all over and she had to run for her breakfast. After pouring herself carefully down the cupboard she landed with a plop and a groan.
At 16 years of age it's not surprising she has arthritis. Her back is not as flexible as it used to be and any leaping is difficult and painful.
Her elbows take a lot of weight when she jumps off anything. To reduce the impact - and the pain - she turns her elbows out and almost lands on her sternum.
We suggested placing a sturdy step near the bench so that she could climb up and jump down in smaller increments.
Joint foods and enhancers help many older cats but we will probably prescribe some pain relief for Isabella, depending on the health of her kidneys and liver. Then she can get back to work in comfort.



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