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Our New “Recruit”, Solomon!!

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Meet the lovely Solomon!

He’s the latest addition to the Catseye Cattery Team! We have “adopted” Solomon as our client couldn’t look after him anymore. And he’s now firmly established himself as the “Cattery Cat”!!

So, next time you’re visiting us or just passing by, pop in and say “Hi” to this amazing chap!!


Filed under: Our Team — Tags: — Michael

Catseye Cattery Friend and Vet, Martha, Tells us About her Exciting new Adventure!

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

The life of a Home Visit Vet

I grew up with an idea of what veterinary work was like based on James Herriot’s books. I had a picture in my mind of sipping tea in lovely family homes while tending to their beloved pets, and making long-lasting relationships with all involved.

Of course, after going through vet school my eyes were opened to modern medicine and the excitement that brings. It is fast paced, dynamic and a real buzz. There is no end to what we can do for our animal friends, both medically and surgically. I began to see myself as someone from ER or Grey’s Anatomy, running around a state-of-the-art hospital yelling ‘STAT’ and being the only doctor in the western hemisphere who could possibly save little Fluffy (possibly while other ridiculously good-looking doctors swoon over me, if the aforementioned TV shows are anything to go by).

Starting practice gave me moments from each of these worlds (minus the swooning). I spent eight very rewarding years working in clinics, with the occasional home visit. Unfortunately, in clinic life home visits usually mean a pet needs to be put to sleep. In addition, to arrange a home visit a vet is required to cover the clinic hours while another goes out to the visit, so running the clinic becomes increasingly difficult if home visits are offered regularly for more routine affairs.

And then came Pawsquad! When I first came into contact with the team they explained the service they had created: each vet gets to run their own mobile clinic in their area. They help you get kitted up and find you willing customers, and days could be spent driving around visiting pets and people in their own homes, getting to spend as long as I liked with each one.

They also explained how, with the help of a great app and several exciting techy solutions, running the service would be very straightforward. Clients contact me via a direct messaging service through the app and store their pet’s details, see my calendar and even book themselves in for appointments with me. For the not-so-techy people I can be reached by e-mail or even the good old-fashioned phone.

At first I was nervous without the security of the clinic walls, wonderful nurses, receptionists and other vets to help in tricky situations. How would I manage on my own?!

Well, I have been up and running for three months now, and I absolutely love it. With the Pawsquad team behind me, any fears I had of going it alone proved very much unfounded; they are with me every step of the way. It really is wonderful to be able to see animals completely relaxed in their own environment; it is also lovely seeing the relief in the owners, having avoided the dreaded car journey with their pet (especially cats!).

I like to enter a house and sit and let the cats come and explore me and my vet bag in their own time. Most cats cannot resist coming to find out what I have in there. When they are comfortable with me being around, I will start to see how they feel about this new stranger conducting a veterinary examination on them. Most are pretty obliging at this point, as long as they can have a good sniff of all the equipment first. This also gives me plenty of time to chat to the owners about all aspects of the animal’s life.

Of course there is a limit to what I can do in the home. Much as I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I can achieve (including taking blood samples from cats on their owner’s knees!), I am not going to start operating on Fluffy on your coffee table! For this I have my lovely partner practice within Edinburgh where I can send patients who need surgery, hospitalisation or diagnostics such as x-rays. Unlike James Herriot, I also have a great emergency hospital which provides out-of-hours care for my patients. I always enjoyed Herriot’s stories of being awakened at 3am to drive out into the freezing Yorkshire Dales to see a cow, but was not overly enthused by this prospect in my own professional life! This service also means that if your pet does need emergency treatment in the night, it will be carried out at a fully equipped hospital, and you can be sure you will have a well-rested vet with you for all other needs.

So I am spending my days mostly on people’s floors being climbed on by their curious cats and waggy dogs, and finding it fascinating, rewarding and very touching. It is always lovely to see how animals are often at the absolute centre of people’s lives; they certainly always have been for me!

Check-Out Martha’s site at Pawsquad Vets

Filed under: Cat Care, Our Cattery Vet — Tags: — Michael

Happy Christmas from Catseye Cattery!

This entry was posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Michael, Helen and the Catseye Cattery Team wish all our lovely clients, Facebook friends and followers a very Happy Christmas.
Hope we’ll see you in the New Year.


( pictured here, two of our owns cats Banksy & Morrissey! )

Filed under: Catseye News, Our Team — Tags: — Michael

Join us to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 10 December!

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 3:20 pm

At this time of year, we like to invite our lovely customers and Facebook followers to join us on Saturday 10 December 10am-4pm for Prosecco, Mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies!!

This way we can meet our clients, say thank you for the support and wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Not only that, there’s 20% OFF EVERYTHING in our Catseye Cattery Shop on the day including the already heavily discounted cat litters 2 FOR £16 less 20%! Great quality feline goodies such as: Royal Canin, Applaws cat foods, Gorpets bedding, Hooded Litter trays, NEW Lines including cool cat scratchers, toys and Lily’s Kitchen organic cat foods.

And, check-out the reduced to clear section for many “give-away” products!

You could also win £50 Cat Hampurr in our raffle in aid of Lothian Cat Rescue.

Meet the Catseye Cattery Team and have a tour of our impressive facilities if you haven’t had a chance to do so before.

We’d love to see you!

Filed under: Catseye Cattery Shop — Tags: — Michael

Summertime Cat Care from Expert Vet Mike Hall

This entry was posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 at 6:08 pm

“Summertime, and the living is easy…” apparently, although as I write this I can hear the rain hitting the windows. We all love the Summer – warmer weather, the chance to be outdoors, longer evenings, a chance for holidays and time away from work….

Summer is also usually a good season for our pet cats – whether it’s indoor cats following the sun’s rays around inside the home, or outdoor cats on the prowl in the garden or thick undergrowth. Most cats will tend to be a bit more active during the Summer months – we see this when many cats tip the scales at lower body weight than during the Winter months.

But the Summer months can also pose some problems to cats that all cat owners should consider.

Fleas: Most cat owners are now aware that fleas can be an all year round parasite challenge – but that challenge is at its greatest during the Summer months. Higher numbers of cats spending time outdoors in better weather, plus the abundance of wildlife that can carry fleas mean that your outdoor puss is more likely to come into contact with this pesky parasite. Also, the flea lifecycle speeds up in response to warmth and humidity, so this accelerates the growth in flea numbers. One flea on your cat can lay >200 eggs. These drop off, develop and hatch in amongst carpets and furnishings, and then emerge as new adult fleas to jump back onto your cat – or even yourself. In this way a very small flea challenge can lead to an indoor infestation! It’s essential to use an effective flea treatment – so that rules out flea powders – and your vet can provide the one best suited to your cat and you.

Ticks: are becoming much more prevalent in central Scotland than they ever were, and that’s due to change in climate – it’s warmer and more humid than ever before. Ticks lie in wait on grass or bracken or heather and hop onto unsuspecting passers by. They are predominantly a parasite of sheep, deer or cattle but will happily attach onto and feed from cats, dogs, rabbits, people(!) – they are fairly undiscerning! Once attached they feed by sucking blood from their host, but they can also pass on disease. The best known is Lyme’s Disease, which can make people, dogs and cats very unwell and is difficult both to diagnose and to treat. Prevention is better than cure, so if you live – or are visiting – a “tick area” then you should treat your cat with a preventative. These come in form of sprays, collars or tablets and again your vety will advise you what will suit your cat best.

Bee and Wasp stings: May cats find the buzzing insects just too tempting and may get more than they bargained for. Cats do get stung and react in different ways – some will develop a tender swelling at the site, others can even develop a fullblown anaphylactic shock, so it’s important to be aware. If you suspect your cat has been stung adopt the maxim – if in doubt – check it out and have your vet examine and treat accordingly. If you witness the stinging episode you can employ some home first aid – the antidote to a wasp sting is vinegar, and to a bee sting is bicarbonate of soda (but nowadays how many folk have this among their baking ingredients??).

Sunburn: I saw another puss yesterday with damage to the margins of its ears – this was due to sunburn.  The ear edges were red, crusty and tender. We normally associate this with white cats but this poor guy – called Lucky(!) – was ginger and white, but half of his ear areas were white, and these had become damaged by the sun. So if your cat has white ears, it is wise to apply some high factor sunblock before they go outdoors each day during the Summer.

Fights: better night time weather increases the numbers of cats outdoors which in turn increases the risk of cat fights, so check your cat over daily when they return from their outdoor adventures.

Barbeques:- one of my own favourite bits about Summer. There can often be scraps left after or around a Barbie, and we have seen some cats presented because they have eaten bones – spare ribs can stick in the throat, or chicken bones can get stuck in the mouth! Take care to keep all BBQ foods out of reach of your cats.

Overheating: This is a much more common problem with dogs, but any cat in a car on a hot day is at risk of overheating – with potentially fatal consequences! If the temperature outside a car reaches 20 degrees then that inside the car can easily reach 40 degrees when the engine and air con is switched off. So take care, and don’t leave them there!!

Wandering: Cats are naturally curious and are at risk of wandering, or of being shut in neighbours’ garages or sheds. Your best chance of having him/her returned safely is to make sure they have a Microchip identity – and that your address details are up to date!

Many of these topics can be dealt with by a visit to your vet, when a health check and all parasite risks can be covered. Then we can all enjoy the long, hot Summer!

Mike Hall is Vet and Partner at BRAID VETS EDINBURGH

Filed under: Cat Care, Our Cattery Vet — Tags: — Michael

Preparing your Diabetic Cat for a Stay at Catseye Cattery

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at 3:27 pm

We are very experienced in looking after diabetic cats at Catseye Cattery. We owned a cat ourselves who was diabetic and on daily insulin injections so we know all about the care and attention required and also understand the anxieties that can exist when handing over the care of your cat to someone else!

Even a normally very stable diabetic cat may become quickly unstable as a result of stress. We make every effort to help your cat settle in as quickly as possible into the cattery, but we will have to pay extra care and attention to ensure that he/ she is eating well and is happy.

Most diabetic cats that stay with us are happy, comfortable and have no problems at all while they are with us. We have put together a few hints and tips for your information before you bring your cat to stay with us.

  1. Even if your cat has very stable diabetes at home we recommend that you visit the vet to have a check-up within a few days of boarding for reassurance that everything is well.
  2. Make sure that you bring sufficient supplies of syringes and insulin with you. We will need enough syringes for the number of days boarding. Check the expiry date and the opening date of your insulin. It is a good idea to write the opening date on the box as it should ideally not be kept open for longer than 4 weeks. Insulin should always be kept in the fridge. Syringes should be single use only to prevent any risk of infection. We have sharps containers so no need to bring one with you.
  3. Make sure that you give us clear instructions about number of units to give, frequency and time of each dose. Let us know what your cat’s normal routine is, the time that the last insulin injection was given and how much your cat has eaten that day. As it is important to give insulin at specific times we keep a special Diabetes Management Chart to ensure that all information is carefully recorded and your cat is visited and checked frequently.
  4. Please do let us know if there is any important medical information or past history of any other conditions. It is most helpful if we have this information so that we are well informed if any medical problem arises while you are away. Make sure we have full contact details of your vet and also be aware of their emergency out of hours cover and costs.
  5. Finally please make sure that we have full details of your vet surgery and contact details for you while you are away.

With all of that in place you will be able to go away, relax and enjoy your holiday. We are more than happy to keep in touch with you by telephone, e-mail or text so that you have the reassurance that all is well.

Filed under: Cat Care, Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

Cattery, pet-sitter or friend…the choice is yours!

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

We all love our cats to bits and strive to make sure that they are happy, settled, well cared for and wanting for nothing while we are away! Often people worry that the ultimate best choice is to keep their cat at home in their own environment and that this is the most important decision above all else.

There are a number of things to think about and several options available:

Neighbour/ Friend

There is often an obliging neighbour or friend who offers to ‘feed the cat’ while you are away. There is usually no additional cost involved and the cat can stay at home which initially sounds like an attractive option!

Many cats, however, enjoy human contact and company – albeit on their own terms. They can become lonely if left alone in the house with only a brief visit from a stranger once or twice a day, especially if it is for more than just a couple of days.

If your cat goes missing or doesn’t turn up at tea time, this can cause a great deal of anxiety to the person responsible for your cat’s care. If your cat develops any kind of medical problem this could be overlooked if a person is just popping in for a few minutes every day. Sometimes people are fine dealing with the cat’s food but not so keen on handling litter trays. Trying to give medication to a cat when you are either inexperienced or unfamiliar to the cat can be a complete non starter!

“Pet Sitter”

Some people employ the services of a “pet sitter” ( a term that can be misleading ) – many of these will visit once or twice a day to check on the cat and to feed it and deal with litter trays. Service varies with regards to how much human contact time the cat will have in this arrangement. Although your cat/s are staying in their own home, it’s likely that they will be left alone and without human contact for up to 23 hours per day. If the cat has a cat flap and can come and go independently then sitter may never have much opportunity to spend time with the cat or to really check how he is doing.

There are pet sitters who come and stay in the house for the entire duration of your holiday to care for the cat. Obviously this means that the cat has company and can stay at home but this arrangement is usually very costly. It also means that you could have a stranger staying in your house.

Cattery

Standards of accommodation and care in catteries can vary enormously. It is always best to look at a few catteries before booking your cat in to stay to make sure you know exactly what accommodation and service is on offer and you can ask any questions that you may have.

At Catseye Cattery we offer the very best individual care for your cat. We keep a close eye on whether your cat is settling or whether there are any signs of stress or anxiety. We monitor whether the cat is feeding well and using the litter tray regularly and appropriately. We make sure the cats get their regular preferred food and encourage customers to bring with them familiar rugs etc from home. If your cat is on medication we are happy to administer this as required. There is always someone around in the cattery and each individual cat is visited regularly. Some cats, especially kittens and young cats, need extra attention to ensure they are stimulated and have toys etc to keep them amused. Older cats may not require so much stimulation but we make sure that they are comfortable and warm and have everything they need. When cats return to stay with us on a regular basis we get to know the customers and the cats as individuals and they learn to trust us and become much more relaxed in our care. Our pens are spacious and the peaceful countryside offers an idyllic setting with plenty of countryside interest to watch.

We are always on hand to pick up on any signs of illness or problems, and always spend extra time if needed either helping an anxious cat settle and trust us, or grooming a cat who enjoys it.  We can be in regular contact with owners to give updates on progress and give reassurance that their cat is settled and content. We can send e-mails and photos and we also have a webcam facility which can provide additional reassurance to an anxious owner.

We have many customers who have previously never used a cattery, even some with quite elderly cats. It is so rewarding watching both customer and cat relax and become confident in us and the care we provide. Many customers tell us that it is so reassuring knowing that their cat will be safe and comfortable with us while they are away so that they can enjoy their holiday without any worries!

Filed under: Cat Care — Tags: — Michael

Share the Love Valentines Competition.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Share the love this Valentines Day!!Please post a selfie with you and your feline loved-one on our Facebook page and you could win a £25 M&S voucher!For inspiration, here’s our Mike with Augustus

Terms & Conditions

  • To enter the competition, entrants should share posts on Facebook, accompanied by a selfie of themselves and their cat or just their cat
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 years or over.
  • The competition will close at midday on February 14th 2016.
  • The winner will be the most creative entry as chosen by the Catseye Cattery team and announced on Facebook on February 14th 2016. Every effort will be made to contact the winner. The winner will have 28 days to accept their prize.
  • Any entries outside of the promotion period will not be counted.
  • The prize is a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher.
  • By entering the competition you accept that your entry may be shared on Catseye Cattery’s Facebook page.
  • The Promoter’s decision is binding in all matters.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
Filed under: Competitions — Tags: — Michael

Cattery Extension

This entry was posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 2:17 pm

We’re feeling excited!!
Due to increased demand, a planning application has been lodged for a cattery extension!
They’ll be 7 large (for up to 2 cats) and 3 extra large suites (for families of 3/4, or for the kitty that really wants to stretch-out!!)
Building work should start in early 2017, but we’ll keep you posted.


Filed under: Catseye News, Uncategorized — Tags: — Michael

NEW! Catseye Cattery Gift Vouchers.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Treat your loved-one to a stay at Catseye Cattery by purchasing a Gift Voucher.

New for 2016, these vouchers can be used towards at stay at our cattery and are available in £10, £25, £50 or £100 values. Check out the link below.

Catseye Cattery Gift Voucher

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael
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