Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000

Important Information for all domestic cat owners about the new Cat Act 2011 and the steps they need to take to meet the new cat law requirements coming in 1st November 2013

From November 2013, all domestic cats over the age of 6 months will need to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with your local council. 

Local Goverments will be responsible for administering and enforcing the legislation. To help identify owned cats, they will need to wear a collar and registration tag. Cat breeders will need approval from their local council to keep unsterilised cats.

We can microchip your cat and help identify your pet if it ever gets lost or injured.

Sterilisation is important to prevent unwanted kittens, reduce cat numbers in shelters and save wildlife by reducing the number of feral cats in our native bushland. 

If you would like to make an appointment for microchipping or sterilisation of your kitty, please call us on 9275 3000

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Vet Nurse Day

02  Funny pet videos

03  When your pet's waterworks aren't working

04  Case Study: Toby's gotta go but he can't!

05  Your cat's toilet: the golden rules

01 Vet Nurse Day
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Help us Celebrate Vet Nurse Day on October 12th :) 

02 Funny pet videos

Have you got a funny pet video? How about sharing it on our My Pet Stories Facebook Page? Upload your video by midnight October 31st and you could be off to the movies as we've got 5 double movie passes to give away. Click here to see one of our favourites!

03 When your pet's waterworks aren't working
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Your pet’s urination habits are an important indicator of their health. Subtle changes can be a sign of disease such as kidney disease or even diabetes.

Changes may include:

  • Urinating more often
  • Straining to urinate
  • Leaking or dribbling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Excessive grooming of genital area
  • Urinating in unusual places i.e cats urinating out of their tray or ‘spraying urine’. Click here to view a cat spraying on YouTube.

Don't ignore these signs as in some cases urinary tract diseases can cause your pet pain and discomfort.

If you notice any of the above signs here is what you should do: 

  • Call us: we can work out whether or not your pet needs to be seen urgently
  • Bring a urine sample of your pet's urine with you if possible so we can run necessary tests
  • Take notice of what are the normal urinary habits for your pet, so you can recognise early if there is something not quite right
04 Case Study: Toby's gotta go but he can't!
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7 year old British shorthair Toby is a very clean cat and always uses his litter tray perfectly. Recently however, Toby had been leaving little patches of wee around the house. One afternoon, Toby’s owner returned from work to find Toby straining to urinate in the shower so he brought him in for an examination. 

Toby had a large hard and painful bladder as the urethra that takes urine from the bladder to the outside world was obstructed. This is a potentially life threatening condition and Toby needed urgent catheterisation to unblock his bladder. 

There are many causes of urethral obstruction in cats but the two most common are urethral plugs (consisting of mucous and cells) and uroliths (made up of small crystal material). Many factors interact to produce uroliths and urethral plugs; viruses, bacteria, diet, decreased water consumption, physical inactivity, urine retention, stress, and urine pH may all contribute. Male cats are at greater risk for obstruction than females because their urethra is longer and narrower. 

After three days in hospital, Toby was once again able to pass urine on his own, and was ready to go home.

To prevent recurrence of Toby’s problems, he was started on a special urinary diet. This commercially prepared food is available in both dry and wet forms and is formulated to help prevent the crystals from building up in his urine.

Two weeks later Toby has adapted well to his new diet and is happily using his litter tray again.

05 Your cat's toilet: the golden rules
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Providing your cat with the ideal toileting set up indoors can be a challenge. 

Here are some top tips:

  • Provide a tray for every cat in the house plus an additional tray. If you have two cats, you should have three trays
  • Put the tray somewhere peaceful and quiet- not in the hallway or near where the dog sleeps!
  • Don’t place food and water too close to the tray as cats don't like to eliminate where they eat
  • Remove faeces from the tray daily and change the litter entirely every 2-3 days
  • Wash the tray out with warm water only, never use harsh chemicals
  • Use a litter that is fragrance free and avoid plastic liners as cats hate these!
  • Remember that some cats hate a covered tray as it traps in all the smells

Remember: cats are very clean creatures and prefer deep litter and a large tray to toilet so they can bury their urine and faeces - this is usually why a sandpit is an attractive place to toilet.... click here for a laugh!