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5 Reasons to Consider a Cat-Only Veterinary Clinic

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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Going to the vet is stressful enough for cats. Here are some ways a feline-only practice can make the visit easier for both you and your cat.

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Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:28 am
I never thought there was any Cat only Vets--will look into it. Thanks

Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:29 am

I had not heard of this before, thanks Cher

Cher C (1429)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:32 am

We have more than one here where I live.

This is a popular one.....



Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday September 20, 2013, 7:50 am
My beautiful Michel was very friendly cat but he hated veterinarians. I switched to a cat only vet for almost two years. They weren't any better with him than the local vet who is very close to our place. In fact the receptionist was truly vicious. When Michel was euthanized our local veterinarian was so kind to me I couldn't believe it. She truly comforted me and made it as peaceful as possible.

Robert O (12)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:12 am
Thanks Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:14 am
I have a really good vet, I have been taking my animals to him for many many years, he's a really nice person that cares about animals.

Aileen P (40)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:21 am
Thank you.

Amy Fisher (11)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:35 am
While not a bad idea in and of itself to take one's cats to a cat only clinic, I see some downsides:

1. The cat only clinics near me are not near me. They are too far away even for routine visits, and if any of my cats are sick or injured, forcing the cat to endure a long car ride to the clinic is not acceptable.(They hate car rides anyway.) There is an emergency clinic in my area, but the distance to it is the same as the regular vet I take my cats to. I would take them to the emergency clinic only if they needed to be seen by a vet immediately and the regular vet was closed.

2. For people who have more than one species of pet, taking a cat to one vet and a dog, bird, or other type of pet to another vet may not be practical. Being able to take all of one's pets to the same clinic may be preferable than having to juggle different practices for different pets.

3. There may be only one cat only clinic available and if someone has a bad experience with that clinic, they're not going to want to continue taking their cat to that clinic, and may find a better experience with a regular multispecies vet.

4. Not every location has a cat only vet clinic available. Some people live in small towns where there is only one vet, and that vet handles all animals, big and small, including farm animals. Unfortunately cat owners can't always get around the barking dogs and small places for their cats to squeeze into.

Sara P (55)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:50 am
Thanks for the article, even the last time that I took to the vet my Mia (last week) at the time of the vaccination she triedn to bite the vet :))))) Also to reach the clinic I spend about 25 five minutes of car and she hates this. Next time I will spray a little bit of pheromones like Feriway Spray :)

Sandi C (98)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:05 am
noted, thanks

Kerrie G (116)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:10 am
Noted, thanks.

Kay M (347)
Friday September 20, 2013, 11:43 am
I agree with Amy F's points above. if you only have cats, & have one near, I agree it can be nice. if you need any specialists, you may not necessarily be able to get them at a cat only clinic. my cat's cardiologist is at a multi-species hospital, and i'm ok with that.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday September 20, 2013, 1:16 pm
Never heard of one.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (60)
Friday September 20, 2013, 2:37 pm
Great article,thanks for sharing

Winn A (179)
Friday September 20, 2013, 2:55 pm
I can't imagine leaving my vet which serves both dogs and cats. They have been voted number one in our County by the people who live here. I have two indoor cats one of which is very sick and I know without the professional and compassionate care Jessica has received she would not be with me right now. It's about the vets and the staff at the practice. Ask neighbors, friends and investigate to find the best possible vet in your area. That's how you make an informed decision for your furry family.

Julia R (296)
Friday September 20, 2013, 5:28 pm
When I just had cats I would always take them to a cat-only clinic because these vets really specialize in cats and I received excellent advice that really helped me in feline behavior especially as I had five cats. Now that I have both cats and dogs, I go to one excellent vet who seems to be equally competent with both species. But, I certainly see the merits in the advice this article! Thanks Cher.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:36 pm
Interesting concept, but none of the cats that have owned me felt all that stressed out by the dogs they saw when visiting the vets. Some cats get along better with certain dogs than they do with certain other cats, so it depends entirely on the cat.

Dianne D (490)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:52 pm
Portland Oregon had a few cat only clinic's when I lived there over 15 years ago and that's where I took my cats. I loved them. When I moved to Phoenix, they didn't have any. I tried several vets until I found one I liked, but there are times, I think about going to one of the 3 cat only clinic's in town. They aren't close to where I live so I have to weight the stress my cats would go through driving to the clinic against staying with my regular vet. My vet's tech also does cat sitting for me when I have to go out of town, so that's another reason to stay put. She knows how important it is that my one cat gets it's medication every day.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:17 pm
We have several all cat vets. I have used 2 of them and I have to say I love the idea . Unfortunately for me /just me here in my area ,I had 3 of the worst Vets in my life at 3 different all cat vets.
**Remember I'm not against this at all. I'm all for it. I LOVE the idea .There are many many pluses to this that are all positve.... Seeing this I guess hit home for me . I recently used an all cat vet 2 minutes from my front door to have my baby put down and it was the worst experience and vet I ever encountered in my life. So she personally made the worst experience for me even worse and guilt filled. I had a neighbor who drove me because I was upset and boy did she give the vet an earful... That is my personal experience at a vet that could have happened at any vet.Not just an all cat vet.. I could not stop myself from writing this. I miss my baby so much. This vet will be posted on Angies List with a review. I'm sorry I couldn't resist adding or venting maybe.I'm sad my baby is gone.

Having these all cat vets are excellent ideas. The other option is a vet that has seperate sections for cats and dogs -which helps. My first experience with an all cat vet was in 1995 about.

Good post. There are many pluses. I think if your cat is not nervous due to the dogs ,then go wherever you are happy with.

TY for posting !!!

. (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:51 am
For anybody in central NJ, I highly recommed "Just Cats" in Edison. Dr. Jan Rottenberg and her team are just incredible.

Latonya W (82)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 12:40 pm

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Monday September 30, 2013, 7:41 am
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