Hello! Nigel here! I hope that everyone has come through the hectic weeks surrounding Hurricane Irma successfully, and that your lives are getting back to normal….or at least, whatever crazy thing it was that you were doing before. I apologize for my dreadful neglect of my duties as blogger for the For Cats Only website. I know that my fans have likely missed me terribly, and I will sincerely try to make it up to all of you in the weeks and months to come. Cecil and I managed to survive the hurricane without too much inconvenience. The worst part was being locked inside without any view of the outside world. How were we supposed to keep count of the number of ducks and butterflies that came by the yard with all of those awful metal shutters up? Anyway, things are better now and I can happily report that I have seen 4 butterflies and 7 ducks so far today. Well, 8 ducks if you count that last really fat one as 2.
Dr. Stephanie has asked me to take a moment to talk to you all about being prepared for hurricanes in the future, in so far as it concerns your cats. At For Cats Only, the doctors and staff received a ton of calls in the days leading up to the hurricane. Many people needed vaccine certificates printed for their precious kitties, so that they could be taken on airplanes or to boarding facilities quickly. Unfortunately, many of these cat guardians found out that their cats had not been vaccinated in quite some time and so no vaccine health certificate could be printed for them. The staff at FCO did their best to get as many vaccines appointments done as the time would allow, but there simply wasn’t enough appointment time available to accommodate all of those patients. This was a most unfortunate situation, as it could totally have been avoided. This is a good reminder of why it is important to make sure that when you receive the postcard from your veterinarian that your fabulous feline is due for his examination and vaccines, that you call the hospital straight away for an appointment. You never can tell when you will be needing that proof of vaccine certificate and you want to know that you won’t have trouble getting it when the time comes.
Another common request in the days prior to the storm, was for a tranquilizer to help the kitties feel calm either during the hurricane or on the long car or airplane trips they would be needing to take to evacuate. FCO is happy to accommodate these requests and they certainly did get as much needed sedatives out to their patients as was humanly possible (which, by the way, is not as impressive as what is felinely possible). But again, the staff ran in to some unfortunate problems when they could not fulfill requests for sedatives due to the fact that the cat patient had not been in to the doctor for a visit within the last year. You see, for a doctor to write or fill a prescription for a patient, a doctor-client-patient relationship must first exist. The law defines this relationship as existing when the patient has been examined by the doctor within the last year. So sadly, the doctors were unable to get all cats their needed sedatives. Again, this could be so easily avoided if cat guardians are sure to get their overlords in on time for their yearly physical examinations.
Of course, having enough cat food and water on hand is also extremely important. If your kitty is on a special prescription diet, it is important that you always keep your pantry well stocked during the hurricane months, as you wouldn’t want to call the veterinarian’s office only to find that they don’t have your specific diet available. After the storm was over, it was difficult to restock many of these foods due to difficulties that shipping trucks were having from infrastructure damage and damaged warehouses. So, be sure to always have at least two weeks worth of prescription diets on hand. Just in case.
Well, I hope that this information has been helpful. If you are reading this now and realizing your kitty may be overdue for her visit to For Cats Only, pick up the phone and get her an appointment with Dr. S or Dr. J ASAP!!
This is Nigel, signing off. Meow!