Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Zac loves the great outdoors. Occasionally, despite copious marking of his territory someone invades his space. Usually they work it out, a growl here, a hiss there, but sometimes the
invader just doesn't take the hint.
Zac prefers not to fight, but if he has to he goes in with guns blazing.
Last week he came off second best. His carer noticed that he wasn't walking properly on his left front leg. When she looked closely his lower leg was swollen.
Zac wasn't interested in his breakfast and retired to bed while she phoned the vet. When she picked him up he cried and shook. Gently she brought him into Canberra Cat Vet.
Dr Georgia found tiny bite marks either side of his arm. His foe's tiny teeth had pierced the skin and left behind a bouquet of bacteria. The skin closed over almost immediately sealing out the oxygen that would kill these particular bacteria.
Pus had accumulated forming an abscess. The best treatment was to drain the pus and let some oxygen in to kill the bacteria. Zac woke from the anaesthetic feeling much better. 
After a few days of antibiotics and pain relief he was back to normal.
Dr Georgia advised Zac to stay indoors or in his outdoor enclosure to avoid further confrontations. 
Fortunately Zac is vaccinated against Feline AIDS with the FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) vaccine. Cat bites spread the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Dr Georgia says that all cats with outdoor access should be vaccinated against FIV.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


cat food puzzles runny nose sore ears poisoning breathing difficult computer heaing scale thyroid behaviour change kibble diarrhoea urine collapse cancer bump paralysed weight thiamine deficiency jumping itchy scratching obesity mouth breathing mental health of cats sensitive stomach euthanasia attack activity annual check photo competition decision to euthanase whiskers FIV snakes pill foreign body dementia echocardiography odour tradesmen checkup hunched over cat fight eyes castration mince body language allergy, cat enclosures headache FORLS new kitten plaque weight loss diuretics kidneys urinating outside litter painful hairball furball aggression stress change cat containment cat friendly cranky skin feline enteritis aggressive constipation anaemia radioactive iodine seizures carrier dental urinating on curtains or carpet cage cough hypertension virus pain relief mass fight desex learning tooth blockage introduction xylitol hypertrophic cardiomyopathy examination lilly introducing breeder vocal prednisolone introductions conflict meows a lot teeth plants tablet fits adipokines pica in season obese bad breath furballs urine spraying gasping enteritis birthday insulin feline AIDS sore eyes wool kittens blocked cat touch open day snake bite cryptococcosis enclosure restless mycoplasma cortisone poison sick cat old cat chlamydia bladder brown snake paralysis tick training cognitive dysfunction sensitive blood wet litter strange behaviour free eye ulcer panadol aerokat hunting stare into space not eating hole cat worms open night overweight spray home visit best vet vomiting rough play rub enemies sense of smell indoor cats socialisation scratching post tapeworm unwell snake dental treatment high blood pressure desexing sneeze senior asthma cat behaviour salivation rolls new cat snuffles old tumour roundworm holes in teeth Canberra Cat Vet Canberra slow allergy pet insurance intestine abscess client night snakebite pheromone award pet tartar skinny dental check holiday pred fever goodbye ribbon sucking wool fabric hiding best cat clinic spey fireworks dilated pupils cat vet drinking more toxins arthritis calicivirus straining blind home dymadon urinating comfortis rigid head yowling New Year's Eve AIDS holidays panamax flu cat flu IBD kidney disease moving crytococcosus liver kitten massage advantage ulcers panadeine tick cat enclosure blood test head hospital vomit ulcer behaviour sick love antibiotics RSPCA kitten deaths train appointment signs of pain inflammatory bowel disease toxic lump exercise appetite runny eyes information night changed fluid pills revolution fleas on heat hunters aspirin blood pressure off food poisonous hunter renal disease petting cat lily Hill's Metabolic vet visit sudden blindness unsociable when to go to vet fear holes grass bed thirsty heavy breathing flea treatment wobbles opening hours paralysis biopsy eye infection litter box ACT visit worming microchip prey litter sore pancreatitis lick best veterinarian pain killer twitching sun noisy breathing best clinic paracetamol vision ulcerated nose herpesvirus spraying string stiff poisons hyperactive scratch health check return home kitten play drinking a lot polish cat history depomedrol antiviral senses discount diabetes kidney skin cancer house call anxiety panleukopenia feline herpesvirus lame permethrin marking panleukopaenia catoberfest physical activity outdoor cat competition heart disease hyperthyroidism vaccination nose scabs fat rash cystitis worms christmas groom African wild cat eye hearing hungry check-up vaccine bladder stones poisonous plants grooming pet meat snot snuffle blue corneal ulcer blindness joints abscess,cat fight new year hard faeces introduce feliway nails face rub blood in urine cta fight urination weight control dry food lilies bite pain lymphoma flea prevention gifts diet


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions