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

Calicivirus outbreak halted

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The virulent feline calicivirus outbreak has been halted. It was a very nasty strain of calicivirus, which our vets rapidly identified. It caused facial swelling, high fever, mouth ulcers and pain.
We are very happy that unlike other outbreaks in Queensland, Sydney and the United States we didn't lose any patients.
Dr Georgia was in touch with the experts at Sydney University for advice and we halted the spread of the virus and treated affected patients successfully. We also advised other ACT and southern NSW veterinarians and catteries on eradication and treatment.
We suspect that one of 3 possible cats introduced it into the ACT but won't know for certain until the virologists have analysed the viruses we have sent them.
Virologists at the University of Sydney are working on a vaccine for this calicivirus strain. We certainly hope we never see it again in our lifetime!

Calicivirus outbreak

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A virulent and atypical form of calicivirus has infected some cats in Canberra. Only 2 other outbreaks have ever occurred in Australia - in Sydney and in Ipswich, Queensland. Vaccination against the usual strains of calicivirus does not seem to protect cats
Affected cats go off their food, seem lame or sore, and hide. Most get over it with pain medication and TLC. Some go onto develop swollen noses, faces and paws, and need intensive care. If you suspect your cat is ill please phone us before coming down and then when you arrive.
To protect your cat from becoming infected wash your hands for at least 30 seconds when you get home from anywhere and before touching your cat.
We have instituted very strict disinfection procedures at Canberra Cat Vet. Do not be offended if we ask you to be a lot more careful with carriers, and in touching anything at the hospital! We have your cats' health as our top priority.

Stiff and sore?

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Sixteen year old Harry is having trouble jumping up on the table this winter. He circles it quite a few times before making the leap. His family also noticed that he is sleeping a lot more this winter and is reluctant to move when he first wakes up.

Cats don't usually limp unless their arthritis is severe. Their elbows, knees and backs are the most common sites for arthritis.

Harry's older brother Cino hesitates to jump down off the bed. He has also been toileting around the litter box instead of in it lately. His elbows were thickened and painful when he came to visit last week and Dr Kate found that his lower back was acutely painful. Harry's knees were his problem.

We've found a litter box with lower sides for Cino and have put a footrest near Harry's favourite perch to make access easier. Both Harry and Cino are trialing some arthritis meds and fish oil. Already their family has noticed that they are more mobile and interested in cuddles and household doings.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


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


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