Congratulations Beetroot the cat – our Pet of the Month!

10 Aug 2017 | Pet of the month

Huge Congratulations to Beetroot the brave little cat who was suffering from cystitis – a common but often serious condition in neutered male cats. He has been voted ‘Pet of the Month’ by staff here at Quantock Vets! Cystitis might seem a minor condition – something not to worry about – however as Beetroot the cat’s experiences demonstrate, it can be a very dangerous and complicated condition to treat.

Dominic Phillips explained “Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is a common condition in domestic cats, especially neutered male cats. There are many pre-disposing risk factors that can contribute to FIC – including stress and anxiety, being overweight, being inactive, having a low water intake and infrequent urination. FIC leads to inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract with cats showing signs of frequent, low volume urination – often urinating in unusual places indoors such as beds and baths, sometimes the urine looks pink or bloody. The blood cells, protein and mineral deposits that develop secondary to this inflammation can block the narrow urinary tract of the male cat, leading to partial or full obstruction of the bladder – this leads to unproductive straining. If the urinary tract is not unblocked, the bladder cannot empty and life-threatening complications can develop.”

Having recently moved to temporary accommodation and needing to be kept indoors, poor Beetroot was exposed to all the risk factors that can cause FIC and he developed a severe form of the condition. He was straining, passing very small amounts of urine and was very uncomfortable. Beetroot’s owners luckily recognized the seriousness of these signs and brought him immediately to the emergency service of the Hospital.

Mr and Dr Allen became worried on a Saturday Evening “Beetroot became increasingly distressed when visiting his litter tray. We rang Quantock Vets immediately and were advised to bring him to see Dominic who admitted him immediately. He then had a week long stay in the surgery while he was treated for cystitis and a blocked urethra.”

Following admission Beetroot was in intensive care, on intravenous fluids, received multiple medications, had urine analysis, blood tests, ultrasound scans and xrays. He had to have his bladder obstruction unblocked under anaesthesia and a urinary catheter placed and finally due to further complications poor Beetroot had to have bladder stones surgically removed.

His loving owners explained “Initially after being allowed home he continued to slowly improve but after a couple of weeks signs of discomfort started to return. The second time he was admitted his scans showed a number of sharp bladder stones in his bladder which were causing him considerable discomfort. We made the decision to operate to remove these which fortunately went smoothly and he has continued to recover in the weeks since.”

Beetroot was insured and his owners were able to make sure he had the best possible treatment – for what might seem a simple problem – but as Beetroot has shown, is in reality a serious and complicated condition to treat well.

For Mr and Dr Allen it was a huge relief that Beetroot was insured “At no point did we have to make any decisions about our beloved pet’s health based upon finances. We cannot stress how glad we were to have this in place. Had we not had him insured we would have had a considerable bill to pay which would have been a struggle with a house to renovate and a new baby on the way! Our insurers (Tesco) were also happy to pay Quantock Vets directly so apart from the excess we did not have to pay any bills. We have always had our pets insured and would recommend this as when your pet is ill the last thing you want to think about is the cost of treatment.

We are incredibly grateful to all at Quantock Vets for their care of Beetroot, for the regular updates and detailed explanations of his condition from Dominic. We felt he was in safe and caring hands with the team during his stays.”

Sian Holman, Veterinary Nurse at Quantock Vets said “Beetroot was a very popular patient who was always sweet and loving however nervous he must have been going through all his treatment. We are delighted that he’s been voted Pet of the Month – it’s well deserved!”

Beetroot is now doing very well – he is being fed a special diet and all the risk factors are being addressed as best as they can. This level of care using diet and risk factor management will be required for the rest of his life.