Animal Health & Illness

Note that if your companion is ill, the best thing you can do is take her to a vet. A professional exam is the only way to diagnose your companion effectively.

Click on an organisation name to see it’s details.

Feline Behaviour

Feline Socialisation

The optimum time to socialise kittens is usually between 3 and 7 weeks of age. Without positive human contact and experiences within this critical time kittens can grow up unfriendly and fearful. Although older kittens can often be tamed, it’s usually kinder to re-release older feral cats after neutering rather than trying to tame them.


Socializing a Feral Cat

Excellent information on socialising a feral cat from Stray Pet Advocacy.


Spraying and soiling indoors

An excellent leaflet from The Blue Cross UK – also available to download as a PDF.



Feline Diseases

Fading Kitten Syndrone (FKS)

A downloadable PDF with comprehensive info on FKS (or Ill Thrift) from the site of DVM, an American veterinary medicine magazine.


Feline Diabetes

Saving diabetic cats since 1996.

Take a deep breath, and relax; we’re here to help you. Cat diabetes is a treatable, manageable condition. You can maintain your sanity and your cat’s health, all on a reasonable budget.


Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

A good source of info on FIV including: Overview, Risk Factors, Transmission, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

An excellent source of info on FIP from Glasgow University’s Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus website.


Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

A good source of info on FeLV from the Blue Cross, UK.



Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)

A good source of info on Feline Panleukopenia from Mar Vista Animal Medical Centre.


Feline Upper Respiratory Infections

A good source of info on Feline Pneumonitis (Chlamydia), Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus), Calicivirus, and a few others causes symptoms similar to those of a head cold. From Mar Vista Animal Medical Centre.



Excellent information on ringworm.


Three-Legged Cats

Three legged cats usually cope very well with their disability. This article from the Feline Advisory Bureau has some great information.


White Cats, Eye Colour and Deafness

A great source of info on the relationship between white cats, eye colour and deafness. Messybeast is a great source of feline info generally.



Feline Health

The Ralph Site

The Ralph Site has great information on dealing with the death of our companions, not least of which, dealing with making decisions that we never want to have to make. But we do have to, eventually. And we need to do what’s best for them, not necessarily what’s best for us. This site has had me in bits several times, but it’s so worth a look.

International Society of Feline Medicine

Helping cats worldwide by providing a feline focus for the veterinary profession.



Veterinary Links

Brookpark Vet Clinic

The Old Railway Station, Dunmanway, Co Cork; 023 884 5777

These guys have already been a huge help with low-cost neutering for our TNR projects. They’re terrific!


lovemypet.ieYou’ve carefully considered all that is involved in having a pet and you’ve decided to get just the right one for you and your circumstances. Fantastic – you’ll have a great time and will derive immense pleasure from this wonderful relationship. Now learn in more detail how to care for the pet you love to the best of your ability to ensure a long, happy, healthy life.


UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD School of Veterinary MedicineUCD School of Veterinary Medicine enjoys a long and proud tradition. This leading veterinary school provides excellent facilities for the care of animals and training opportunities for veterinary medicine and nursing students.


Veterinary Council of Ireland

Veterinary Council of IrelandThe Veterinary Council of Ireland is the Statutory Body established under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005. The Veterinary Practice Act 2005 was passed in July 2005. The Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Act was passed in July 2012.

The principal function of the Council is to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the State in the public interest.


Veterinary Ireland

Veterinary IrelandVeterinary Ireland is the representative body for veterinary surgeons in Ireland. Its role is to represent veterinary surgeons in Ireland and to facilitate the veterinary profession in its commitment to improving the health and welfare of animals under its care, to protecting public health and to serving the changing needs of its clients and the community through effective and innovative leadership.


Veterinary Ireland Journal

Veterinary Ireland JournalVeterinary Ireland Journal is a monthly publication that covers all aspects of veterinary science – with a special emphasis on the Irish veterinary profession. The Veterinary Ireland Journal carries veterinary news, focus articles, nursing features, business pieces, research findings, continuing education, clinical reports, and continuing education articles for large and small animal practitioners.



We use a number of local vets, very few of whom have web pages. We’ve listed their numbers here:

Fachtna Collins, Bantry (027 53639) and Skibbereen (028 38909)
Gerry McCarthy, Skibbereen (028 23000)
Pat O’Sullivan, Ballylickey (027 51234)
Tim O’Leary, Ballydehob (028 37180)

See also our national Feral Friendly Vets listing.

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