Opening hours Monday 8am – 7pm Tuesday 8am – 6pm Wednesday 8am – 6pm Thursday 8am – 7pm Friday 8am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 2pm Sunday 9am – 10am (walk in appointments) Consultation by appointment Phone (07) 4772 2500 Fax (07) 4772 2700 Email- info@tqcatclinic.com New Addition Dr Carl Adagra and his wife Dr Angela Adagra would like to welcome their new son. Micheal was born on Saturday 1st August weighing 3.4kg Micheal is baby brother to their daughter Emily. Welcome Welcome to the Tropical Queensland Cat clinic's first news letter. We hope that the newsletter will keep you informed of practice news, share educational cat information and bring you stories of our cat families. We welcome your feed back as well as stories and pictures of your feline friends. HIGH PRESSURED FELINES Just like us, our feline friends can suffer from high blood pressure. This is usually a condition of older cats and can occur on its own or due to other elderly cat diseases such as kidney failure and hyperthyroidism (an over active thyroid gland). Whatever the cause, the end result is a consistently high blood pressure or hypertension. Prolonged elevation of blood pressure can cause sudden blindness, bleeding into the eyeball, dilated pupils, kidney damage, nosebleeds and fitting. Whilst high blood pressure can be measured using specialised machines, interpreting the results can sometimes be difficult. A syndrome known as “white coat hypertension” readily occurs in cats. The stress of cat carriers, car rides to the vet and being attached to a monitor and asked to stay still can raise a cat’s blood pressure to falsely high levels. Several readings are taken to ensure the most accurate result. Treatment of hypertension involves treating any underlying disease and using drugs to help dilate the blood vessels. If your cat is placed on blood pressure medication by your vet, make sure you keep up with follow up checks, as the dose of medication often requires adjustment. What does your Cat see ? Many people wonder how animals view the world around them. Is it in shades of grey, or do they see the vibrant colours that our eyes can detect? Plenty of evidence now suggests that cats and dogs do see in colour, but without the vividness and wide colour spectrum available to the human eye. Animals live in a more pastel world. The reason for this difference lies at the back of the eye, an area called the retina. Here special cells, known as rods and cones, are found. The sensitivity and ratio of these cells is different in animals when compared to humans, resulting in highly efficient vision in dim lighting with a narrower colour range. Dogs see mainly yellow and blue hues and can differentiate between shades of grey so subtle that they would appear as one colour to us. Cats see some colours but their speciality is vision in low light, where their eye is up to 130 times more efficient than ours. Both dogs and cats have difficulty seeing close objects but their sense of smell and taste more than compensate. THE FAT CAT CLUB Obesity is becoming an increasingly serious problem for our pet cats. Many cats are kept indoors and have markedly reduced activity levels. This combined with a readily available food source (delivered with minimal nagging by a kind, loving owner) often leads to a weight issue. Cats are particularly predisposed to many weight related diseases. Obesity causes insulin resistance resulting in diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes). In addition, fat cats commonly suffer from arthritis and skin conditions. Care must be taken when dieting a fat cat, as severe calorie restriction can result in a liver condition called hepatic lipidosis. We will be able to recommend a suitable diet and the correct quantity to be fed each day. We can also recommend some helpful tips such as - Use a smaller food bowl so that psychologically you are not quite so aware of the reduced amount the cat receives. This also reduces the damage when you are tempted to fill the bowl! Have a cup measure with the correct amount of food marked so that there is no guesswork with meal size. Any ‘snacks’ or ‘treats’ fed throughout the day need to come from this allotted quantity of food. Encourage your cat to exercise. Tie feathers to string and then pull these across the floor. Use laser pointers (carefully!) to dance a little light up and down the wall for the cat to chase. Invest in catnip-stuffed pillows, jingly toys, windup mice - whatever it takes to get your cat off the sofa and trotting around. Finally, stick with the program! Weight loss needs to be a slow, gradual affair. If you would like to join our Fat Cat club please call the clinic and we can help get your cat started. Keeping cats safe International Cat Care is teaming up with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) and Agria Pet Insurance to launch a Keeping Cats Safe campaign. The campaign will run throughout 2015 and into 2016, covering all aspects of cat safety. A range of dangers will be highlighted, including poisons, cats eating strange things and accidental injuries, as well as looking at which diseases can be prevented by vaccination and parasite control. Microchipping and the safe use of collars will also be featured, as these can reduce the risk of cats with outdoor access not being returned to their owners if they get lost or injured. Being poisoned is one of the most distressing, yet preventable, accidents which can happen to cats. Working with VPIS and Agria, both of whom hear in detail about incidents of poisonings, we will look at the most common poisons, including lilies, permethrin (found in dog flea products), disinfectants, ethylene glycol (antifreeze) and paracetamol. Other, less common toxins will also be covered, such as white spirit/turpentine substitute poisonings (which peak over Bank Holidays when people decorate their houses), or benzalkonium chloride poisoning which can be more of a danger when people clean their patios in the spring. We will also look at the most common accidental injuries (eg, from collars, falls, road traffic accidents) and ingested foreign bodies (eg, needles, rubber bands, wool), using data from Agria Pet Insurance and other sources. There will be advice for owners on each topic, covering where the risks are, what the signs of poisoning/injury are, what to do, and how the risks can be minimised. For veterinary professionals, there will be in depth advice on clinical signs, treatment and prognosis. The campaign kicks off by highlighting the dangers of disinfectants, with recommendations for owners on their safe use. For vets and nurses there is an introduction to toxicology, and detailed advice on presentation and treatment of benzalkonium chloride exposure in cats. CAT OF THE MONTH - TWIGGY This is Twiggy a beautiful tortoiseshell domestic short hair. She is coming up to 12 years old and was one of our first patients at the clinic when we first opened. Twiggy's owner notice that she was 'not right' and brought her to the clinic to see us. Sensing something is not right with our pets is something we have all felt before. After all you know your pet better than anybody and its often us pet owners that are aware that our feline friends might be feeling unwell, even if we don't know exactly whats wrong with them. Twiggy is very lucky to have such a wonderful owner and by bringing her into the clinic we were able to do some diagnostic tests including ultrasounds and blood tests. It was discovered that Twiggy was suffering from a condition called low grade lymphoma. Lymphoma is a type of white blood cell (lymphocyte) tumour that is involved in immune responses. Because of the wide distribution of lymphocytes in the body, and the movement of these cells through the body, lymphoma (a malignant tumour of these cells) can occur at virtually any site, and also commonly occurs at multiple sites. Common sites to be affected include the lymph nodes (distributed throughout the body), the chest cavity, the intestinal tract, the nose, the kidneys and the nervous system. Twiggy takes regular medication to prevent her condition deteriorating and to make sure she is not feeling unwell. She also visits the clinics for regular check ups. If you think your cat is unwell even if your not sure what the problem is we always recommend a health check. As you can see from the photo Twiggy enjoys relaxing in the garden under the watchful eye of her owner. Cat Trivia Time to test your cat knowledge with this fun quiz, answers can he found at the bottom of the page. 1.When the Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland disappears, what is the only thing he leaves behind? A) his eyes B) his smile C) his hiss 2.The musical CATS is based on a book of poems by which British author? A) T. S. Eliot B) Lewis Carroll C) Robert Louis Stevenson 3.How much of their waking hours do cats spend grooming themselves? A) 11% B) 33% C) 66% 4.What’s it called when a cat rubs the side of its head on you or on furniture? A) Beaning B) Bunting C) Brocking D) Tagging 5.The thick hair around the face of some cats (such as Persians) is called: A) Mane B) Ruff C) Pelt D) Shock NO PURRS FOR THE POISIONOUS LILY If you have an interest in floral arrangements and felines then beware - cats and lilies do not mix. The many varieties of ornamental lily are severely toxic to cats. All parts of the lily are poisonous and as little as two to three leaves can kill a cat. After ingestion, poisoned cats become lethargic, anorexic and may vomit. These symptoms can then progress to complete renal failure. Early and aggressive treatment is required to prevent this catastrophic chain of events. Perhaps this is one time when fake flowers are more appealing then the real thing. Answers 1.b,2.a,3.b,4.b,5.b
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