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
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Is my cat in pain?

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Because cats in the wild are preyed upon if they show signs of pain or illness cats will disguise pain until they cannot hide it for a minute longer.
Changes in behaviour are the most common early signs of pain. Contact us as soon as possible if you notice your cat:
  •  hiding or avoiding interaction with you or other pets
  • showing reduced interest in food
  • hesitating to jump or climb stairs
  • showing reduced activity or tiring rapidly during activity
  • having difficulty getting up, standing or walking
  • is not grooming normally
  • has changed urination or defecation habits
  • squinting
  • is hunched up or tucked up instead of curled up to sleep
  • is sensitive to touch, particularly if he or she vocalises when you pet
  • changes temperament eg becomes aggressive or crotchety

Flea Allergy

Friday, September 27, 2013
Kaiser has been out enjoying the warmer weather - and so have the fleas!

Poor Kaiser has been grooming more than usual and has lost some of his beautiful coat especially over the rump. Normally cats are only mildly irritated by fleas but Kaiser is allergic to flea saliva. Just one flea bite causes intense and long lasting itchiness.

To make Kaiser more comfortable we must try to eliminate all fleas from him and his environment.

Capstar or Comfortis kill the fleas and paralyse flea mouthparts preventing deposition of saliva.

Every month his owners will give him Advantage, Revolution, or Comfortis to keep flea numbers as low as possible.

Because fleas spend most of their life cycle off the cat as larvae and pupae in bedding, carpet, dirt and leaves they will have to wash his bedding in hot water and dry it in the sun. They should also vacuum carpets and furniture often. they may decide to call a professional to fumigate the house.

Kaiser has had an injection of cortisone to block the allergic reaction and give relief from the intense itching.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

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

Archive

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