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Cat at food bowl

Well, yes, and no. Cats are carnivores. They are built to eat meat, although most can tolerate other ingredients with varying degrees of success. We advocate feeding your cat foods that most closely resemble their natural diet, and to vary the types of foods they eat just like they would naturally do in the wild.…

Casper has his teeth cleaned

As a feline vet, but also a cat owner, I dread asking my lovely clients if they brush their cat’s teeth! The question is met with incredulous eyebrow raises, mumbling into the backs of their hands or even laughter. Of course most of us don’t regularly brush our cat’s teeth – we like our fingers…

Christmas Card 2018

Now I don’t know about you, but I get pretty stressed around this time of the year making sure everything is ready for Christmas.. Have I bought enough food? Where is everyone going to sleep? Have I remembered to buy a present for each member of my family?! As we rush about our lives in…

Aaliyah

That’s the line my husband used when I suddenly realised how fat my cat Aaliyah had actually got. It’s easy not to see the weight piling on when you see your pet every day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As a veterinary nurse regularly meeting with clients and addressing their cat’s weight issues,…

Kitten with paper

I’m a vet, so of course I’m going to say yes, right? Pet insurance allows me to perform more diagnostic tests and treatments for my patients which means not only happier, healthier pets but also a more profitable practice. So you would think that I would recommend it to all of my clients and in…

Older cat
Caring for an Older Cat

This week we travelled to Esher to visit Sammy, a lovely 18 year old cat. Sammy’s owner thought he was ‘slowing down’ in his old age and wanted us to make sure there were no underlying health problems. His owner had had him since he was a kitten and in her eyes he hadn’t aged…

Cat scratching

“That can’t possibly be flea dirt” I thought to myself as I walked past my cat Molly’s bed, “I’m the vet, my cat can’t have fleas!” A wave of embarrassment washed over me as I realised that yes, my own cat had fleas. I had forgotten to apply her monthly flea preventative for the past…