So why should you choose a cat clinic? What makes us so special?
Well as you, dear reader and also dedicated cat person, already know cats are special beings. They have very different sensibilities than our other furry friends and see the world in a very different way. Cats are predators, yes, but they are also small enough to be prey. Cats are also very territorial critters and generally do not like to be removed from their homes.
So what’s a devoted cat parent to do? You want the best for your cat, which includes high quality preventative medicine and care when your feline friends are ill, but how to provide it without making them afraid for their lives?
Enter the cat clinic. In an average veterinary clinic the vast majority of patients are dogs. Smelly, scary, noisy, curious dogs. Have you ever had the experience of a large, suspicious looking strange dog leaping at you to say hi? It can be pretty scary if that dog looks big enough to cause you harm and you don’t know them. Well, imagine you’re sick, stuck in a box in a strange place and that same thing happens. Even with the best of intentions, exuberant canine companions often can’t control their curiosity when sharing a waiting room with kitties. This doesn’t happen at our clinic because we don’t have dogs in the building during our business hours. No chance your cat will be ambushed by a (hopefully) well meaning dog.
Not only are there no dog ambushes, but the noise and smell of dogs that can often stress out our kitties are eliminated as well.
Cats generally dislike being in strange places. They are territorial and want to know that the place they are in is safe and is not the territory of a strange cat. Because we understand this we take a few special precautions to help minimize the effect this can have.
We use Feliway in all of our patient areas. Feliway is a special synthetic pheromone that is designed to mimic the pheromone that your cat’s chin and cheeks produce. When the room smells like feline facial pheromones, it’s like a big message saying “This place is familiar. This place is safe.” The other thing we do is to change towels after every patient. Your cat will not be sitting on a towel that smells like it should belong to another cat. Hygiene and disease control considerations aside, clean bedding for cats is very important.
What’s the best part of going to a cat clinic?
The people! Every person who works at our cat clinic is a cat person. We all love their quirks!
You will not find us in the treatment area drawing straws over who has to see the stressed kitty, we are all eager to get them out of the waiting room and settled into an exam room where they can hopefully feel more comfortable. We understand delicate feline sensibilities and are sensitive to their needs. We love to snuggle your babies when they come to visit us and have compassion for their situation if they need to undergo something stressful. When we bring a patient into the treatment area for a procedure or sample collection, you can be confident that we are chatting with them and loving on them the whole time they are apart from you.
We know that vet visits can be stressful for your cat and for you! We do our best here to ease your mind and do everything we can to help your cat have the most positive experience possible.
– Dr. Erika Raines, DVM, CVA, CVSMT