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March 4, 2016
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Flea allergy

Fleas are still active in the Canberra region and giving some cats an irritating time. Some cats are allergic to the saliva of fleas. They scratch and lick out of all proportion to the number of fleas on them. They also lose and get discoloured hair and/ or little scabs and pimples on the head, back, neck, rump and legs. Normal cats are only mildly irritated by fleas. Just one flea bite in the flea allergic cat causes intense and long lasting itchiness. What is the proper treatment? We must eliminate all fleas on the cat and in the environment. Capstar or Comfortis kill the fleas and paralyse flea mouthparts preventing deposition of saliva. Every month treat your cat with Activyl, Revolution, or Comfortis to keep flea numbers as low as possible. Fleas spend most of their life cycle off the cat as larvae and pupae in bedding, carpet, dirt and leaves. Wash bedding in hot water and dry in the sun. Vacuum carpets and furniture often. Call a professional to fumigate your house. Cortisone products like prednisolone or Niralone block the allergic reaction and give relief from the intense itching.
December 15, 2015

Holiday opening hours

All of us at Canberra Cat Vet would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Here are are Opening hours over the holiday period in case you need us: Thursday 24 December 8.30am – 1pm Friday 25 December CLOSED Saturday 26 December CLOSED Sunday 27 December CLOSED Monday 28 December CLOSED Tuesday 29 December 8.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday 30 December 8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday 31 December 8.30am – 1pm Friday 1 January CLOSED Saturday 2 January 8.30am – 12pm Please phone 6251 1444 for an appointment For any problems or concerns when we are closed over the public holiday period please phone the Animal Emergency Centre in Fyshwick on: 62806344
December 15, 2015

Behaviour changes in your old cat

As they age, cats often suffer a decline in functioning, including their cognitive functioning. It’s estimated that cognitive decline-referred to as feline cognitive dysfunction, or FCD-affects more than 55% of cats aged 11 to 15 years and more than 80% of cats aged 16 to 20 years. Memory, ability to learn, awareness, and sight and hearing perception can all deteriorate in cats affected with FCD. This deterioration can cause disturbances in sleeping patterns, disorientation or reduced activity. A common sign of cognitive dysfunction is yowling at night or crying at odd times. FCD can make cats forget previously learned habits they once knew well, such as the location of the litter box or their food bowls. It can increase their anxiety and make them more clingy. It can also change their social relationships with you and with other pets in your home. Understanding the changes your cat is undergoing can help you compassionately and effectively deal with behaviour problems that may arise in her senior years. Some effects of aging aren’t related to cognitive dysfunction. Often these effects can contribute to behaviour changes that only look like cognitive decline. Be sure to report all changes you see to your cat’s veterinarian. Don’t assume that your cat is “just getting old” and nothing can be done to help her. Many changes in behavior are signs of treatable medical disorders, and there are a variety of therapies that can comfort your cat and ease her symptoms, including any pain she might be experiencing.