Services

At Just Cats, our consultations proceed at a relaxed pace, tailored to suit your cat. Our consultations are by appointment only, so please call us on 01 822 7270 or email us hello@justcats.ie to arrange a visit. Emergency cases will by seen according to priority but please call ahead where possible.

Life Stage Approach

             

We take the internationally-recognised 'Life-stages' approach to feline preventative healthcare. Just like us, your cat's healthcare needs will change as the years progress. This system allows us to focus on the issues that are most likely to face your cat at any given time in his or her life.

Kitten From Birth to 6 months. This is an exciting time, when your new kitten will be celebrated, cuddled and played with until everyone is exhausted! It is also a time when you will be a regular visitor to your vet clinic. During this stage, we will address play and socialisation, training, feeding and growing. We will start vaccinations and parasite control, which will continue throughout your cat's life. Spaying or neutering is recommended from 4 months old and can be discussed during your first appointments. 

Junior From 7 months to 2 years. Your kitten has become a teenager! During this phase we will assist with any training or behavioral issues that arise. We will pay particular attention to diet and dental hygiene for your growing cat.

Adult From 3 to 6 years. This is prime cat life! While this is a relatively healthy phase of life, we are monitoring general health, alongside weight and dental health. Dental health issues are very common in cats, and since cats can't tell us they have a toothache, dental problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease and root lesions often go undetected without veterinary intervention. Obesity is on the rise in our pet cat population and predisposes our feline friends to a host of health problems. Addressed earlier in life, it will be an easier problem to correct.

Mature From 7 to 10 years. This is a phase where early detection becomes key. The mature cat is at risk of developing many medical conditions, particularly common are diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), thyroid and kidney disease. The signs of these diseases may not become evident until the disease has progressed substantially, but with regular check ups and monitoring, we can detect and treat earlier, which can improve outcomes. This may involve blood pressure, urine or blood tests.

Senior From 11 to 14 years. The signs of age and the signs of disease can be easily mistaken for each other. Regular check ups will allow us to identify any new conditions that present, arthritis often occurs during this life stage, and to monitor treatment of any existing conditions. Blood pressure and urine tests are recommended annually, and we may recommend twice yearly visits

Geriatric From 15 years onwards. During the 'Golden Years', we need to maximize our cats' quality of life. This means managing any medical conditions, and maintaining good body weight and mobility. And when that time comes, we are here to discuss all options regarding palliative care and end-of-life decisions. We recommend at least twice yearly check-ups, depending on the individual cats needs.

Hospitalisation and Surgery

For those kitties that need to stay with us at the clinic for medical reasons, or that just come in for a routine surgery, we do our best to make them feel at home. Our bespoke cat kennels have been designed and manufactured with 'cat-friendliness' as a priority. Take a look at our photos and you will see that they are made from a molded plastic which dulls sound, reduces reflections and is warmer than traditional kennels. There are perches in all of our kennels which allow the cats to feel safe and secure.  We also have a variety of beds, litter, food and dishes for food and water so that we can adjust our offering to suit the fussiest of cats!

Our surgery is modern and well-equipped for all routine and many emergency surgeries. Your cat will be monitored at all times before, during and after their anaesthetic, using state-of-the-art equipment. Most routine surgeries are day procedures, meaning your cat can go home the same day. You will be asked to withhold food from around midnight the night before surgery, water can be left available. On arrival to the clinic on the morning of surgery you will be asked to sign a consent form for general anaesthesia. While modern anaesthetics are considered to be very safe and we take every precaution to ensure everything goes smoothly, no anaesthetic is without risk. You will receive a call once your cat has recovered from the anaesthetic and collection time will be arranged. We will request check up appointments for most surgeries after 2 days and 10 days.

Diagnostic Imaging

At Just Cats, we have access to both digital x-ray and high quality ultrasound, to assist in diagnosing your cat's problems. Similar to photographs, digital x-ray systems produce higher resolution images than the old-type films. This gives us greater detail from which to make a diagnosis and also has the benefit of removing the need for smelly chemicals for developing film from the clinic. We can also send digital images by email, should we need a specialist opinion. High-quality ultrasound allows us a live view of many of the internal workings of the body, such as the heart, liver and urinary tract. This is one of Avril's main areas of interest and she has undertaken extra training in this area. We can also take samples from inside the body, guided by ultrasound. This is less invasive than surgical sampling. All imaging procedures may require sedation or anaesthetic, depending on the patient and the procedure.

In-House Laboratory

We have an extensive in-house laboratory, allowing us to have results of many tests within hours. Routine blood and urine tests can be run in-clinic, along with some other testing procedures. For more specialist tests, we have access to some of the most experienced laboratories in Europe that also have a cat-specific focus.

Blood Pressure

Cats regularly suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). This can be a stand-alone condition or can be as a result of another disease such as kidney failure, heart disease or hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid). Hypertension can complicate the treatment of other disease conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, but on its own it can cause blindness, damage internal organs or even cause seizures. Often hypertension has no symptoms until after damage has been done. We can measure blood pressure in the clinic, in a way similar to how your doctor would, using a cuff. However, since stress elevates blood pressure, we may take multiple readings or even keep your cat for some time to allow him or her to calm down after the journey before taking readings.

Dentistry

Brush my cat's teeth? Are you joking? Well, no. We can help you and your cat to learn measures to prevent dental disease, such as teeth brushing. However, we understand that it is not possible for all cats, so using enzymatic pastes or using diets formulated to improve dental health may be better options for some.

Dentistry is one of the areas that we pride ouselves upon providing the highest standard of care. Healthy teeth are of paramount importance in helping your cat enjoy life to the full, we all know how debilitating a tooth ache can be! If dental disease develops in your cat, identified at home or at your check up or vaccine appointment, we can help. Dental procedures are done under general anaesthetic. With mild dental disease, your cat may require a simple scale and polish. If there are more serious problems though, dental x-rays and extractions may be required. Aoife and Avril have both undertaken extensive training in the area and our modern dental equipment, including digital dental x-ray allows us to carry out these procedures to 'best practice' standards.

Nurse Clinics

Our veterinary nurses are highly trained and often a nurse consultation is sufficient to help with your problems. If you are having troubles with some element of management such as giving worm tablets or trimming nails, or dealing with an overweight cat, we can help, free of charge. Give us a call to see if your problem can be solved by one of our nurses.

Pet Passport

If you wish to travel with your pet, we can help. Usually, a microchip, a rabies vaccination and some paperwork are all that is involved, but this varies from country to country. The Department of Agriculture (link) can offer advice for travel within the EU. For destinations further afield, it is best to check into the requirements laid out by the government of the country you are travelling to, before you visit us. Please bring copies of any information you have regarding travel protocols or discuss them with us prior to arriving.