Blossom – Pet of the Month

25 Jan 2016 | Pet of the month

Blossom was an elderly, stray cat who had been seen living in the neighbourhood for about 9 months before moving in with Mr Saunders and his two cats Willow and Wilfred in October 2014.

She settled in well but in October 2015 developed anaemia and Veterinary Surgeon Dee Collins hospitalised and treated her for this. At this point Dee discovered a small sore adjacent to her tail base. Unfortunately, this grew and became infected and after biopsies Blossom underwent surgery to remove it and another mass that was found at the same time.

The tail mass was analysed and found to be a carcinoma, a potentially aggressive tumour. Thankfully early detection and treatment meant we were able to remove the mass completely and a follow-up scan in her abdomen showed no concerns of spread of the disease.

Blossom recovered well from her surgery but in January 2016 came to see Dee again as she had suddenly started bumping into things at home. Examination of her eyes revealed that both retinae had detached from the back of the eyes and poor Blossom had gone blind.

Dee explained “The most common cause of retinal detachment in cats is high blood pressure and when we took her blood pressure it was indeed very high. If left untreated this could potentially cause serious damage to other organs such as the kidney and the heart.”

Blossom underwent a series of tests including blood tests and a heart scan to assess whether there was an underlying cause to the high blood pressure and also to assess whether further organ damage had occurred. We were happy that all the tests proved normal and Blossom started a daily tablet for her high blood pressure.  She coped very well with her reduced vision and was able to lead a very happy life as an indoor cat.

Dee added “High blood pressure (Hypertension) can be a common finding in elderly cats and can often be secondary to kidney or thyroid disease. Unfortunately, it is often a silent disease showing no clinical signs until potentially serious signs such as retinal detachment occur. The good news is that blood pressure can easily be checked in cats using a cuff in a similar way to humans having their blood pressure measured.”

Very sadly however, Blossom died unexpectedly on 17th February. John Saunders, Blossom’s owner, said “Blossom had a rough time healthwise over the past couple of months, but thanks to her own resilience, and the dedication of Dee and others, she always bounced back. Thankfully her last day was a happy one and she passed away shortly after enjoying her evening meal. To the very end she was a gentle, affectionate and uncomplaining cat.”

We were so very sad that Blossom died but the team was adamant they wanted to keep her as ‘January 2016 Pet of the Month’ – she was a very sweet and admired little cat. Mr Saunders added “She touched everyone who met her during the all too brief 18 months she was with me.  I’m so glad she is receiving this posthumous accolade.”