Cats

This page is dedicated to all our feline friends. If you have a specific topic you would like discussed, please email us and we would be happy to oblige. “There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.” – Tay Hohoff

Feline AIDS

Feline AIDS

The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes feline AIDS and is relatively common in Australia and New Zealand, with up to 25% of domestic cats testing positive for the virus.

This disease is incurable. It compromises the efficiency of a cat’s immune system by killing or damaging cells – allowing them to be far more susceptible and likely to succumb to common illnesses and viruses.

How is FIV transmitted?
The virus is spread by blood or saliva transfer between cats, through:

  • Biting (between fighting or mating cats)
  • A mother cat and her kittens

What are the symptoms of FIV?
Symptoms may not develop for many years in a large percentage of infected cats, and some may never experience any. When symptoms do develop, the most commonly observed are: 

  • Severe dental (and gum) disease
  • Weight loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye and mouth discharge
  • Swollen/enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Eye diseases
  • Neurological issues


How is feline AIDS treated?
Unfortunately, there is no cure or specific treatment for feline AIDS.
Veterinarians will treat each individual problem in an infected cat as and when it occurs. Often, the cat will appear to return to full health before they become ill again.


Protect your cat from FIV
You can protect your cat to an extent by keeping them indoors and limiting their exposure to unknown cats.

We recommend vaccination for high-risk cats. Vaccination will cover two strains of FIV, and is up to 80% effective.
We will run a test to ensure your cat has not already contracted the virus before beginning a vaccination program and annual booster shot. 

Call our team on 07 3357 3882 or book online today to organise your appointment.

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Sooki- A Needle Point Shave With Death

Sooki- A  Needle Point Shave With Death

Name: Sooki
Species: Feline
Breed: Ragdoll
Sex: Female – Speyed
Age: 5 months
Current Weight: 2.9kgs

History: Five months into this world and Sooki is already playing havoc.
One recent Sunday evening, Sooki paid a visit to the Pet Emergency at Stafford. Her owners were concerned about a piece of thread that was hanging from her bottom. She had also vomited once and was showing some signs of abdominal pain. An x-ray was taken of her abdomen at the PET ER and what showed up was quite interesting. Sooki had swallowed a sewing needle attached to a long thread of cotton.

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“Cat”- A Wrestle With A Clothesline

“Cat”- A Wrestle With A Clothesline

Name: “Cat”
Species: Feline
Breed: Ragdoll
Sex: Male Neutered
Weight: 4.4kg

History: “Cat” presented to Wilston Vet as an emergency consultation. Minutes earlier, Cat had sustained two severe facial injuries after impaling his face on a metal indoor clothes line.
( please note next page contains a gruesome photo which may not be suitable for some- reader please be aware)

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Prinny- An Itchy Scratchy Ordeal

Prinny- An Itchy Scratchy Ordeal

Name: Prinny
Species: Feline
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Sex: Female – Speyed
Age: 2y 6m
Current Weight: 3.8kgs

History: Prinny is a lovely cat with a gentle temperament. Prinny first presented to Wilston Vet when she was 1y 6m age as her owners had noticed that she was starting to develop a severe generalised dermatitis. It was the end of Spring and Prinny had just recently started to lick and scratch at her fur and some fleas and flea dirt were also noted. (Fleas are a common problem all year around, however often are most prevalent in the Spring and Summer months.) Some animals can develop a condition called ‘flea allergy dermatitis’ which can cause a generalised itch and discomfort even from the bite of one single flea. Flea prevention had been applied to Prinny prior to her visit, however she had continued to lick and scratch at her fur.

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Lucy – The Old Feline With A Toothache

Lucy – The Old Feline With A Toothache

Name: Lucy
Species: Feline
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Sex: Female – Speyed
Age: 15y 8m
Current Weight: 2.9kgs

History: Lucy is a much loved patient here at Wilston Vet. She presented to the clinic to see Dr Kate as her appetite had recently decreased and she seemed to be losing weight. A complete blood profile had been performed earlier in the year and happily her results had been normal, ruling out many of the causes for weight loss and reduced appetite in older felines.

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Apollo the Moggie- A Sad Ending

Apollo the Moggie- A Sad Ending

Name: Apollo
Age: 7yrs
Weight: 5kg
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Sex: Male, desexed

In memory of Apollo.

History: Poor little Apollo had been run over by a car several years ago and ever since then he had been totally blind in both eyes. Apart from that, he had been in very good health. However, for the last few months one of his eyes had become increasingly watery and sore.

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Calling all porky pets – Petfit Program

Wilston Vet has launched a “PetFit” program in conjunction with Hills Pet Foods to encourage pet owners to slim down their tubby feline and canine companions.

We are running a competition to find the “Pet Slimmer of the Year” who will win $2000 worth of travel vouchers (for their owners) and one year’s supply of Hills Pet Food. You just need to register your Porky Pet with our nurse Kelly, who will guide you through a nutrition and exercise regime to shed your pet’s excess kilos.

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