Free Veterinary Nurse Clinics
We have an exceptional team of fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) who offer a wide portfolio of free clinics to support your cat’s health and welfare. Clinics include:
- Weight checks and dietary advice
- Pain clinics
- Parasite treatment information
- Dental checks
- Kitten checks and kitten socialisation clinics
- Behaviour and anxiety management
Weight and Dietary Advice Clinics
Is your cat the purrfect weight?
Did you know that over 50% of the UK’s pets are overweight? Carrying extra pounds can be detrimental to our cat’s health and can lead to kidney and heart disease and diabetes as well as increasing the likelihood of certain cancers? And excess weight can also make our feline friends sluggish, lethargic and generally less playful?
Perhaps your cat has been referred to a weight clinic by one of our vets. Or maybe you are keen to know your cat’s body condition score to check whether your cat could be in better shape. Either way, we’ll support you with great nutrition and weight management advice to help you help your cat to reach and maintain their optimum weight and put a spring in their step!
Prior to your first clinic, we’ll ask you to complete a lifestyle questionnaire and feeding diary ready for discussion when you come in. In appointments with our weight clinic nurse you will:
- Learn how to body condition score your cat
- Learn about different feeding methods
- Receive a specially tailored feeding programme
- Have your feline friend weighed and have the progress and targets reviewed
- Receive incentives to help you and your feline friend to reach your end goal!
Changes in life stage that warrant a change in diet
The nutritional needs of our feline friends change as they get older. Here are some of the change-milestones you should be aware of:
Post – neutering
After neutering, a pet’s metabolism slows down. This means that if their diet remains unaltered, they are likely to gain weight as it is too calorie-rich. And obesity can lead to a range of debilitating and life-shortening health conditions. Ask us about changing your cat’s food to meet their new nutritional needs.
Once your cat reaches 1, they are officially an adult and should be evolving from kitten food if they haven’t already. We’ll be happy to advise you on diet at your cat’s year 1 annual booster.
Whether a cat is senior is really determined by their behaviour rather than age: some cats can be senior at 7 or 8 years old whilst others will display a more youthful nature for longer. See our senior pet clinics page for guidance. Senior pets require a senior-specific diet which is normally higher in calories to prevent weight loss and lower in protein to protect the kidneys, as older cats are more prone to kidney disease. Ask us in practice for guidance.
Pain Clinics are free clinics available to any cat suffering with general or localised stiffness (including arthritis, back pain, reduced joint or limb mobility post-surgery or muscle trauma) to help increase mobility, improve quality of life and relieve pain.
Following a lifestyle analysis to assess what hurts and how we can help, we’ll discuss strategies for making your feline friend more comfortable at home and how to encourage increased interaction for play and more fun! You’ll learn how to identify signs of pain, and we’ll teach you basic massage and physiotherapy techniques you can carry out regularly at home to improve your cat’s mobility. We’ll work alongside any current medical management and vet recommendations and design a tailored programme to your feline friend’s specific needs. And we’ll assess progress and review exercises at regular intervals as mobility improves.
Parasite Treatment Advice Clinics
No one wants their pet to be plagued by parasites, and fleas, ticks, ear mites and worms are all a potential health threat to your cat. Did you know that if you spot a flea on your cat, this only represents 5% of the problem, and that 95% will be hidden in your home, in soft furnishings, carpets and between floorboards as flea eggs and immature larvae? That flea dermatitis is a common and distressing condition in cats? That cats, as hunters, can be hosts to ticks and also nasty intestinal worms that we can’t see, and that they may subsequently be sharing these parasites inadvertently with other household members?
Chat to one of our team about how best to protect your cat, as well as your home and the people and other pets who live there. It’s important to be aware that not all parasite prevention treatments are the same!
Did you know that kittens initially need to be wormed from 2 weeks of age and again at 5 and 8 weeks old with mum being wormed monthly too? After 8 weeks old, we recommend kittens continue monthly worming treatments as an ongoing routine.
We offer a monthly home delivery service on parasite treatments to help you keep your pets fully protected all year round. Convenient, spreads the cost, is no more expensive than buying product in practice and postage and packing is free.
Dental Check Clinics
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases seen by vets. It’s prevalent in cats, with International Cat Care estimating that as many as 85% of cats aged 3 years and older have some form of dental disease.
Good oral hygiene is important for helping to combat feline dental disease. At our nurse-led dental clinics we can advise on nutritional ways to keep feline teeth healthy as well as talking you through how to brush your cat’s teeth. Starting from an early age means it becomes routine, although older cats will tolerate brushing too. It’s important you use a cat-specific toothpaste and we recommend using an appropriate brush.
As well as encouraging great ongoing dental health, our dental nurse-led clinics are a great opportunity to take a look at your cat’s teeth and to discuss with you if you’ve noticed any change in eating habit or behaviour that could indicate your cat is in dental distress. Cats are particularly good at masking pain and signs can be subtle. The sooner we can identify any dental issue, the sooner we help restore your cat’s dental wellbeing.
Kitten Checks and Kitten Socialisation Clinics
We see kittens for their first and second injections (ideally at 12 and 16 weeks), and we then invite kittens and owners to attend two further clinics at 20 and 24 weeks for weighing and worming, a general health check, nutrition and preventative care advice, to answer any queries and to discuss the option of neutering. We also offer a free nurse consultation before the 12 week first vaccination to get you started on the right course.
These sessions are also really important for developing your kitten’s socialisation skills. Typically we associate puppies with socialisation to become well-adjusted adult dogs, but it’s no less important to socialise kittens at a young age to help reduce feline anxiety and stress in adult life.
Kittens are naturally inquisitive up to around 6 months of age and are learning to acclimatise to environments they should find non-threatening in later life. So positive exposure to lots of people, smells, noises and new experiences is great for their life-long wellbeing.
At our two post-vaccination clinics, we’ll give you personalised advice on environmental enrichment to benefit your kitten and discuss their behaviour needs. And it’s a great opportunity to have lots of socialising and cuddles and playtime with our clinic nurse, to make coming to the vets after kittenhood less scary.
Behaviour and Anxiety Management Clinics
Are you worried about a particular unhelpful behaviour your cat is displaying? Are they inappropriately toileting in the house? Or marking their territory indoors? Perhaps they are destroying the furniture? Or maybe they have become aggressive towards their friends if living in a multi-cat household? Or do they meow excessively? Or exhibit excessive anxiety, for example, around bonfire night?
At a behaviour clinic, we’ll be able to support you with helpful strategies to help reduce or eliminate unwanted feline behaviour. And if we can’t help, we’ll be able to point you in the direction of a trained behaviourist.
Certain behaviours can be indicators of an underlying health condition, so it’s important to get your cat checked out.
Contact us on 01922 411755 for more information about our free RVN clinics, or alternatively register your interest using our online enquiry form.