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Staying at the Vet? Request This Simple Info Card for Your CH Cat

July 16, 2012

Here’s a great tip from a Facebook friend: The next time your cat has to stay at the vet, ask if they can place a special card on his cage to alert everyone that he has cerebellar hypoplasia.

Megan shared this idea with the Facebook Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens group, and I think it’s just tremendous.

It’s also a stellar idea if you ever leave your cat at a boarder’s or if you’re boarding your cat at your vet.

As I’ve shared with you before, sometimes a trip to the vet can be so stressful that you forget to tell each person you meet that your cat has CH. Even if your vet knows, techs, who may be working with or monitoring your cat on an hourly basis, may not be aware.

(Yes, your cat’s chart should clearly state that he has CH, but sometimes that’s not clearly communicated, as I once found out with CG.)

Plus, it’s a good reminder in case someone thinks your cat is having a seizure or reacting negatively to a procedure or medication. The card will instantly tell them that’s not the case.

Depending on the situation, you may even want to make your own index card that they can use. Simply write your cat’s name along with “Cerebellar Hypoplasia” — or like Bumper’s “I shake!” so the message is clear. So it’s there when you need it, tape it to the top of your carrier. That way you’ll have the card with you the next time you bring your cat in. You can just take off the index card, fold over the tape, and voila! They’ll likely appreciate your thoughtfulness.Even if your cat doesn’t end up staying overnight, it can definitely be a great conversation starter to have on your carrier. Who knows who you’ll end up chatting to about CH!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2012 2:07 pm

    that is a great idea! great post! I work as a vet tech for 8 years and some vets and techs are not very familar with c.h. kitties. It is great to give them that important info especially on a card so they do not think it is a toxin or seizure.

    • August 2, 2012 8:19 am

      Hi Katye, Did you get my email about the “Shelter Love” post I was hoping to do? Hadn’t heard back, so I wanted to make sure that you got my email 🙂

  2. Megan Cousins permalink
    July 29, 2012 12:25 am

    I love this 🙂 Thanks for featuring my boy!

    • July 30, 2012 9:27 am

      Of course! Thanks for your great idea. If you have any others, please let us know! 🙂

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