paws for thoughtPDSA VET IAN FLEMING ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS.
QMY cat is staying with a trusted friend while I'm away for a few days. He's had issues with his bladder suddenly blocking up in the past. If he gets sick while I'm away can my friend take him to my vet for me? AYES, it's possible for your friend to take your cat to the vet on your behalf. You'll need to provide a signed, written letter of consent that gives permission for your friend to agree to treatment for your cat while you're away. It may also be worth ringing your vet before you go as they may be able to add your friend's details to the system, which could speed things up if a vet trip is necessary.
QMY cat, Jack, has not been himself for the last few days. I can't see anything visibly wrong with him and he's eating and going to the toilet ok, but he just doesn't seem his usual bouncy self. Could there be something wrong? ACATS can be very good at hiding when they are in pain - this is a natural instinct for many animals. So by the time you notice something unusual in their behaviour, they can often be quite unwell, or in a lot of pain. I would definitely recommend taking Jack to your vet for a check-up, and would suggest doing this any time you notice a change in his normal behaviour. They will be able to thoroughly examine him and advise if there is something wrong.
QWHAT are some of the characteristics of an ill budgie? Do budgies catch diseases or illnesses regularly? ABUDGIES can get common diseases, just like any other pet. They are also good at hiding the signs of being poorly really well, so when owners first notice something is wrong it can already be serious. The things to look out for include watery droppings, lack of appetite, increased time spent sleeping, drinking more than usual, limping or loss of feathers.
If you notice any of these signs, get your budgie to a vet straight away. Budgies are particularly prone to respiratory infections and need very specific husbandry in order to stay healthy.