Have you ever walked into a vet clinic with your poor sick kitty locked in a carrier only to have every dog in the place lose their minds and begin barking? The dogs are jumping around and pulling at their leashes, trying to sniff the carry. Some dog owner might even let their Bow-wow take a sniff without any thought to what kind of stress that is putting on your already sick Mr. Fluffykins. There is a solution, try a cats only veterinary hospital. It is the only choice.
What Is A Cats Only Veterinary Hospital
The simple answer is that it is a veterinary clinic that has chosen to specialize in felines.
The longer answer is that it is a place where a kitty can go and not have to deal with other animals. It is a clinic that has chosen to focus on cats only; allowing the vets to specialize in cats. These clinics can range from large veterinary hospitals that have several vets to private practice clinics with one or two feline focused vets.
In summary, they are medical faculty that are dedicated to providing medical or surgical care for all cats. The vet’s clinics focus on the health and comfort of felines only, and because of their specialty they know and understand the unique health issues, temperaments, and anatomy of cats.
Why Choose A Cats Only Veterinary Hospital
If you were sick, would you see a veterinarian? No, you would not.
Why they have medical training? Most likely you would respond because their medical training is in animals and I am not an animal. My anatomy is different.
Exactly. This is the reason why you should choose a cats only vet clinic because your cat’s anatomy is different. The staff at these clinics have dedicated themselves to cats. They have studied cats and continue learning about the latest breakthroughs in kitty kat health.
A general vet, which I am not trying to fault here, has to know a little about every kind of animal. There is no way they know everything about each breed of animal. This creates a knowledge gap which could potentially put the health of your kitty at risk.
Think about it this way; I have a heart condition. My general M.D. did not diagnose me with it. He knew enough to refer me to a cardiologist but not enough to treat it. And that is perfectly understandable and expected. When it comes to the health of our fur babies, we expect a general vet to know and be able to treat whatever is wrong with them.
It would be much easier if we start by taking the furries to a cat specialist from the start.
Another great reason was mention in my opening paragraph. The stress level on your already compromised kitty can be significantly reduced if they are not surrounded by predators while trapped in a box. The environments of these offices are typically designed with cats in mind. They often provide a low key vibe with extra ventilation.
How To Find A Cats Only Veterinary Hospital
American Association of Feline Practitioners is an association that vets who specialize in cats can join. This powerful group has developed a website dedicated to connecting cat owners to these specialized clinics.
The name of the site is Cat Friend Homes. (If you are interested in kitty websites, check out this article) The Cat Friend Homes website contains a lot of great information for cat owners. It is worth taking a few minutes and browsing. What I want to draw your attention to is the “Find a Veterinarian or Practice” button towards the bottom. This will open up a search that you can use to look for cat only clinics in your area.
The Only Choice
Why do I say that a cat only clinic is the only choice?
It has to do with a personal experience. I went to our local vet to get shots for my cats. Now, I have not needed to take Olivia or Honey Mittens to the vet in years. They are healthy; indoor pamper kitties. But we installed a dog door, and I was afraid they would go outside. I decided they needed a rabies shot.
Not thinking anything about it, I take them to the same vet we take our dogs. I mean, he has always taken good care of Micro, so there should not be a problem, right?
Well, on the appointment day, I gather up my beloved felines. As I am putting them in their respective carriers, Honey Mitten escapes and runs off. I search for about ten minutes, then give up. If a cat does not want to be found, you are never going to find them. I decide I will just reschedule his appointment. I go ahead and take Olivia.
Once at the clinic, the vet comes in and does his vet thing, examines her, checks her teeth, and gives her a shot. We placed her back into the cage, and I go to check out. When I look over at Olivia, she is drooling. I ask the attendant checking me out if that was normal.
She goes back to ask the vet, and here is how the conversation went:
Attendant: “That cat you saw is drooling.”
Vet: “You mean the dog” (The dog, what? I am the only one in the office, and saw him less than a minute ago)
Attendant: “No, the cat.”
This conversation goes back and forth, to the point she comes out and asks me if it is a dog or a cat in the carrier.
The reason for the drooling was he had something on his hands.
I am done at this point.
And that is why a cat hospital is the only choice. General vets are overwhelmed. And our kitties deserve better.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Have you been to a cat only clinic? What has been your vet experience? Drop me a line the comments and let me know.
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