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


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


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