Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Is your cat in pain?

Friday, September 07, 2018

Feliway calms your cat

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Feliway is a copy of the pheromone that cats naturally rub around their environment to make them feel comfortable. It is odourless to us - but a potent calmer for cats.

Every time a cat rubs the side of its face against objects in the home, it leaves behind a pheromone to mark its territory. This pheromone helps them feel at home and happy.

Changes in and around your home can upset your cats and prevent them from following their normal routine of rubbing this pheromone around their area. They then feel less secure, and become stressed.

Activities such as redecorating, moving the furniture, having guests or tradesmen in, going to the cattery and moving home remove these natural pheromones from around the cat and cause stress.

Any change in your home organisation and schedule disturbs your cat, for example: a newborn baby, toddler or a new partner, a new work roster. Cats are very sensitive to routine and crave a stable environment.

A stressed cat may hide, scratch furniture, urinate outside the litter box, spray the curtains or become aggressive to other cats in the household.

Feliway helps maintain the scent that gives your cat a feeling of peace and calm, and reduces the stress that your cat is experiencing.

Bad cats?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Behaviour problems like urinating on the curtains, aggression to other cats or people, and toileting on the bed, are common reasons for euthanasia of cats.

Our vets and nurses find it very hard to euthanase these healthy cats when many of these behaviours can be remedied if they are brought to us when they first start and before they become ingrained habits.

Many perfectly normal cat behaviours are unacceptable in the domestic situation. Understanding this and providing a more enriched environment or improving resource access is often all that is necessary.

For example, inter-cat tensions can be defused if we recognise that cats like to have privacy when eating, drinking and toileting. This means that the bowls and litter boxes for each cat or family of cats in the household should be well separated, preferably in different rooms. Cats that groom each other and sleep touching each other regard each other as family. The odd one out requires separate bowls and litter.

Many indoor cats are anxious. Just spotting a strange cat out the window can make them anxious and set off a bout of urinating on the window, curtains or corner of the room.

To analyse and prevent these unacceptable feline behaviours from escalating we offer a behaviour consultation service. Any behaviour consultation takes at least five times as much time as a normal disease consultation or health discussion and examination. Our vets spend about an hour preparing material and reading your responses to a special survey we send out before meeting with you and your cat.

The meeting takes about an hour and includes a full physical examination and blood tests to rule out medical causes of the behaviour. For example, some cats who urinate outside the litter box have diabetes, kidney disease or a urinary tract infection.

After the meeting, the vet spends another 1-3 hours writing a report and recommendations individualised to your cat. Our vet will also call you to see how you are progressing and may recommend drug therapy in some cases.

Understandably we require a deposit before such a consultation to cover the time your vet spends preparing to seeing you and your cat.

Successful Information night

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

 Over 150 people crowded in to hear our vets talk about the normal - and sometimes irritating -  behaviour of our beloved feline friends last Thursday night. While we ate a sumptuous supper we discussed the issues we have fitting a solitary, independent animal into our lives.

Much of the information from the night will appear on this blog over the next few weeks.


Several people went home with lucky door prizes for their lucky cats.

Our speakers were (L-R) Kate Arnott from Hill's, Dr Helen Purdam and Dr Georgia Knudsen

Search Blog

Recent Posts


information night Hill's Metabolic pain slow dry food dental aerokat pain killer check-up sore eyes skin cancer plaque changed cryptococcosis FIV training radioactive iodine cognitive dysfunction not eating arthritis kidney disease xylitol ulcers overweight return home blood in urine string FORLS head eyes brown snake hungry bite cat flu painful AIDS IBD kittens kibble rash poisonous plants exercise birthday blue hunched over sense of smell crytococcosus flea treatment blindness asthma feline enteritis mass best clinic urinating hunters antibiotics desex seizures headache christmas enemies home face rub snakebite scratch thirsty hard faeces abscess sore rub cat vet sick fat aggressive microchip hyperthyroidism wobbles fleas checkup flea prevention noisy breathing yowling attack hyperactive cortisone panleukopaenia constipation furball stress cat containment intestine pica gifts diuretics kidney appointment holes in teeth grooming spray unwell pet drinking more flu fits urine sucking wool fabric New Year's Eve panamax old cat old abscess,cat fight collapse pet insurance goodbye cage stare into space introduction best cat clinic tablet blood test nails pred hiding marking train rough play hearing prednisolone urine spraying pheromone dental treatment foreign body grass fireworks lump award comfortis cat worms best veterinarian blood carrier pain relief panadol runny nose African wild cat pancreatitis lilly virus spraying vomiting love kidneys high blood pressure corneal ulcer cat history spey obesity blockage competition gasping tartar breeder kitten play itchy thiamine deficiency enteritis vet visit weight control diet strange behaviour mycoplasma behaviour feline AIDS feliway paralysis tick aspirin snuffle annual check mental health of cats vocal plants tick cat fight snot unsociable computer nose scabs free hypertension sudden blindness furballs body language worming fight sick cat weight loss blind eye infection tapeworm scratching post fluid pills heavy breathing cta fight litter box behaviour change vaccination allergy, petting cat euthanasia vaccine diarrhoea when to go to vet activity cat behaviour skinny moving off food panleukopenia bed feline herpesvirus odour heart disease eye scratching open day pill photo competition fear anxiety allergy cancer salivation wet litter thyroid poisoning cat enclosure litter snake bladder stones fever meows a lot tumour cat enclosures stiff blood pressure snakes urination kitten opening hours rolls mouth breathing lilies holidays hunting on heat introducing castration desexing diabetes bad breath dilated pupils learning cat food puzzles lymphoma paralysis pet meat cystitis signs of pain open night ulcer ribbon lame client night hospital dementia teeth weight Canberra Cat Vet poisons urinating outside litter groom insulin twitching obese echocardiography vision permethrin cranky poison socialisation sensitive whiskers new year renal disease biopsy anaemia massage lick toxic mince in season breathing difficult herpesvirus catoberfest runny eyes jumping dental check senior antiviral sore ears introductions vomit panadeine inflammatory bowel disease sensitive stomach aggression worms sun bladder wool sneeze hypertrophic cardiomyopathy scale chlamydia snake bite drinking a lot rigid head tooth touch snuffles liver straining senses lily revolution kitten deaths ulcerated nose physical activity Canberra toxins paralysed restless health check prey change new cat adipokines indoor cats ACT visit skin paracetamol decision to euthanase eye ulcer cat friendly polish introduce advantage heaing holiday roundworm dymadon calicivirus depomedrol conflict hunter hairball best vet new kitten bump urinating on curtains or carpet hole cough poisonous holes blocked cat appetite tradesmen


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions