Cat Friendly Practice
We are proud to be a cat friendly practice, and understand the specific needs and behavior of cats. We have set up feline friendly environments to make your cat more comfortable while here including a waiting area that is separate for cats and dogs, and exam rooms that have calming pheromone plug-ins and soft blankets for your cat. We have feline appropriate treats, catnip, and toys for them to play with while waiting.
If your cat is difficult to transport to the hospital (a challenge to get into the carrier at home, or meows in the car for the entire ride) ask us for some tips to make this easier. Since all visits to the veterinarian start at home, one simple but effective tip is leaving a cat carrier out so that it is not associated exclusively with veterinary visits and leaving the house. You can feed your cats treats, or toss toys in the carrier to make it part of their home life. By doing this, when it comes to leaving for an appointment (or in the case of an emergency) your cat will be less stressed and more accustomed the carrier. Additionally, the use of pheromone wipes in and around the carrier can have a calming effect for your feline family member. Please let us know if you need information about pheromone wipes, or other tips on getting to the hospital.
Despite all our best intentions, some cats are still fearful or anxious about coming to the vet. If your companion is uncomfortable, please call us from the parking lot to check in, and we will call you in once we have an exam room prepared for your cat’s visit. We understand how to approach, examine and handle cats in a gentle and compassionate manner. This approach reduces stress and improves the quality of care for your unique feline.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have to follow the protocols set forth by the county, along with the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In the interest of your health and the health of our team, we will be offering curbside service for you and your pets as well as limited in-person hospital appointments. We also offer Zoom appointments so you can be virtually present with you pets during the exam, and Dr. B makes it a priority to meet with you, socially distanced face to face, out at your car to discuss you and your pets needs. Thank you for your flexibility as we assess this ever changing situation. We understand this is a difficult time for us all, and we are in this together. Please let us know how we can make things easier for your and your pet during this time.
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