Overnight cat care policy
At times it may be necessary for your cat to be hospitalised overnight at East of England Veterinary Specialists. Below we outline the care your cat will receive during their stay in the hospital.
All hospitalised patients have:
- Clear surgical/medical care plans written up on patient’s hospital chart.
- Continuity of care through a thorough patient handover between day and night staff.
- Their own kennel.
- Fresh water and a variety of appropriate food: if your cat is on a special diet (hypoallergenic, urinary, etc) then please bring this with you.
- Various food and water bowls to suit individual preference.
- A variety of bedding and appropriate litter: if your cat prefers a certain type of litter or usually toilets outside then please let us know.
- Clear kennel signs to highlight their individual needs i.e. ‘I am blind’
- Feliway plug in or similar: this produces a natural pheromone and is used to help in stressful situations for our feline friends.
- Pain checks based on an established and recognised pain scoring system: pain relief will be altered accordingly during the day and overnight.
There are dedicated members of staff that stay on-site overnight to provide all the care needed for your cat during their stay, including physical examinations and any medication they may be receiving for concurrent health conditions: if your cat has additional medication please bring this with you.
During your cats stay they may have an intravenous catheter (catheter into the vein) placed and this will also be managed and monitored every six hours during their stay; this is required for intravenous fluid therapy and administration of certain medications.
Other equipment is also provided within the hospital in case of emergency, including emergency drugs and equipment, and multiparameter monitoring equipment.
If staff are concerned whilst looking after your cat, they will report immediately to the veterinary surgeon in charge of your cat’s care.