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

Time to say goodbye?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Last week we had to make a hard decision for our much loved clinic cat Oliver. He had multiple problems - diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease - and despite our best efforts was fading away to nothing.
He has lived at Canberra Cat Vet since almost the day we opened as his owner went into hospital and passed away while he was staying with us. For the last year he has been faithfully medicated and cared for by his staff. However, we discovered that he had a liver mass recently and although he was still as bright as a button and ordering us around as usual, he lost weight rapidly. His kidneys were also deteriorating and he required fluids under the skin every second day - which he hated.
Some days he ate well and some days he didn't. Some days he came out of his office to check the hospital was running smoothly and others he stayed on his bed(s) all day. His litter tray was a mess some days and empty others. Just as we would decide that he wasn't enjoying life he would spark up again.
We had to ask ourselves the hard questions:

  • Was he having more good days than bad?
  • Was his appetite stable and was he enjoying his meals?
  • Was he responding to us and his surroundings as much as he had just a few months before?
  • Would he tolerate yet more treatment for his kidney disease?
  • Was he staying in his familiar places or moving to unusual places - or was he not moving a lot at all?
  • Was he crying a lot - or quieter than normal?
  • Was he using the litterbox, missing it or soiling his beds?
  • Was he losing weight more rapidly than expected in an elderly cat?
  • How much enjoyment was he really getting out of life?

The clincher for Ollie was the regular kidney treatment - he hated being interfered with at the best of times. And he had lost over a kilogram of weight in the last 6 months, despite Nurse Leanne's intensive feeding regime.

All of his staff eventually agreed that it was time for Ollie to go. We gathered around him on his favourite bed, and purring loudly, he slid off into a happier hunting ground.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


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


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