Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cat Annual Wellness Exam

An annual wellness exam will prevent your healthy cat from becoming seriously ill and if you cat has a health concern; feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus,  a wellness exam will allow your veterinarian to check your cat to make sure that they are stable with no new medical concerns.

Your veterinarian will perform the wellness exam by checking your cat's eyes, ears, mouth, weight, heart and the skin and coat will examined for fleas, ticks, mites, hair loss and lumps or bumps. 

The veterinarian will then check the cat’s entire body; he will look for pressure points, joints and will check for pain or stiffness.  Your veterinarian may call for further tests; urine or blood tests.

If your veterinarian suggests that your cat needs two checkup’s per year then do not miss your appointment. My cat Sam has feline immunodeficiency virus, cat-FIV so along with the wellness examination the veterinarian tested my cat's blood, urine and feces are checked.  These tests will inform the veterinarian of any changes to his disease.  

Sam recently had his wellness exam and there was no change from the previous year except he has put on weight.  Cats with feline immunodeficiency virus sleep or rest 90% of the day and are not mobile like healthy cats.  So going forward I will feed Sam a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.  I will also play with Sam several times each day with Da Bird feather teaser.  Sam loves this bird toy and I do not have to motivate him to play.

Notes from Sgolis:

The best way to prevent illness is watch your cat daily and to take them to veterinarian for annual wellness exam.  Get a journal and document any changes in your cats diet, drinking habits, weight gain or loss, excess thirst, behavior changes, cough, changes in litter box habits; constipation, soft stools, blood in feces, excessive marking or refusal to use litter box, and bad breath.  

Groom your cat weekly and run your hands over their entire body to check for lumps or bumps.  Contact your veterinarian concerning any changes.  Your veterinarian will advise you what to do and will schedule an appointment if need be. Take your cat journal with you so you can discuss your cat’s health and behavior changes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day Care for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Cat

 A friend of mine’s is without a home right now so I told her I would watch her cat so she did not have to worry.  I would provide day care for her feline immunodeficiency virus cat Missy.  Cats with this health condition have special needs. They cannot go outdoors and they need to live a life that is peaceful with no exposure to healthy cats unless they get along and do not fight.  A stressful situation could make the cat ill. 

My cat Sam has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and he lives a stress free life with no interaction with other cats because he is aggressive.  I was not sure how Sam would react but soon found out that he was a welcoming host.

The cat is a female, not spayed and is just under a year old.  Sam has never had a cat guest as he has not been in the same room with another cat since April 2009.  I figure that they both have  Feline immunodeficiency virus so they will not make each other ill, however I supervised their time together so that neither of them felt stress. 

I put the visiting cat in a crate and set the crate  on top of a table.  Sam had no access to the cats crate and could not play paws with the visiting cat.  Sam was allowed to run around his room and play with his toys; however his favorite toys were of no interest to him.  Sam was smitten with the female kitten.  In fact Sam was in a trance, a love trance. Sam was neutered but I guess he was having fond memories of his tomcat days because the way he was acting reminding me of a cat that was courting.  Sam stared at the kitten in the crate for several hours, he wanted her to give him a sign any sign but instead she put her back to him and slept all afternoon. 

Sam did not care that the kitten was napping he was determined to get her attention so he sang to her for a few hours and then he brought her his toys.   He searched his room until he found his favorite ball, the pen he took from my desk and his feather toys.  He brought them one at a time and laid them at the base of the table that held the female kittens crate. 
When Sam refused to eat, drink or take his afternoon nap I realized that he was putting his heart and love for this kitten before his health so I removed the kitten in the crate from his room.  Sam stared out the glass door to view his beloved.  He was satisfied that that she was okay so he then ate and went into his crate for a nap. 

My friend picked her cat up later in the day and I let Sam out of his room to stretch his legs and to play with the family dog.  He ran around the room; looking behind the drapes, under the sofa, and he scratched at the closet door.  I am certain Sam was looking for her, the kitten that came into his life and tugged on his heart strings.  

Sam did not want to play with the the family dog, nor did he want to play with his favorite toys.  Sam left the living room and went back into his room and sat in his cat tree. 
Sam playing with Benny the family dog

I went into Sam's room and picked him up, he cuddled in my arms and began to purr.  I told him it was better to love than to not love and that the kitten was not meant for him.  He fell asleep in my arms and when he awoke he seemed to regain his energy and sense of hope.  He played with the dog happily and it was the perfect ending to the day.

Here is a cat video about that you may like.