Preventative Care

Our preventative care programs revolve around knowledge gathered from two sources. The first one is our medical experts (our veterinarians) with thorough physical examination of your cat. The second source, of course, is you, the kitty expert, We rely on you to provide us with information, as we learn about your cat’s home routine and environment. This comprehensive discussion helps us know your feline friend and their needs, whether they are environmental or health based.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I plan on for an exam?

Depending on why we are seeing your cat, exams are typically 30-45 minutes.  We begin with allowing your cat to adjust to the exam room.  They love to explore and get familiar with a new place and voices.  Our staff will learn about your concerns about your cat, if any, and get important information from you about your cat at home.  Following a thorough physical exam, we’ll discuss recommendations and address concerns.  Whether it’s simply administering core vaccinations or deciding on diagnostic tests if a problem is detected, we will work with you on what you feel is best for your cat.

My cat has always hated the vet. He gets so stressed. What can I do?
We hear this all the time and completely understand.  Cats become fearful in new situations that are out of their normal territory.  We recommend beginning by leaving the cat carrier out many days before the appointment, if you don’t already have it out (we encourage leaving it out all the time, as many cats will use a carrier as “their” space to snuggle in).  Offer your cat their favorite treats in the carrier.  When it comes time to leave for the vet appointment, getting into the carrier is usually not as scary.
Once at our clinic, rest assured your cat’s experience will likely be pleasant.  Our highly trained staff and feline friendly clinic reduces the stress level in cats.  Fine details like Feliway diffusers in exam rooms and our trademark complimentary catnip pillows often help win cats over.  Your cat’s exam may be done on our lap, in the bottom half of his carrier, or even on the floor…wherever they are most comfortable.  Many new clients are amazed at how different their cats act in our clinic.
If despite our efforts, your kitty remains too fearful to allow a thorough exam or necessary tests to be done, we may discuss giving him a little “kitty cocktail” to calm him.  Alternatively, some cats do well with a prescribed calming medication that can be given prior to their appointment.
Can I be with my cat during the whole appointment?

Of course!  We typically do not remove your cat from the exam room, since each time a cat is moved to new surroundings, their stress level can go up again.  Our skilled technicians can administer vaccinations and collect any lab samples within the room.  If radiographs or anesthesia are needed, for safety reasons, we do need to separate cats from their owners temporarily.

What is a microchip?

No one expects to ever be separated from their pets but there is much proof that it happens, and in so many different ways. There are situations where people move and the cat tries to go back to the old house. And there are stories about a friend or delivery or repair person leaving the door open and the naturally curious cat gets outside. Cats may also startle with loud noises, or if frightened by people they don’t know. And then we’ve all heard of separation of beloved pets during natural disasters. It has been estimated that approximately 9 million cats enter shelters annually, and only a sad 2-5% make it back to their homes because they don’t have permanent identification.

It is for reasons like these that Cat Care Clinic provides this service, and that the veterinary organizations recommend that all cats be microchipped. Microchips are tiny transponders (about the size of a grain of rice), with a unique number registered to your cat. Placing the chip near the shoulders is very quick (less than a minute) and can be done with your cat awake. Cats are not bothered by the chip, and they remain in place for decades. All shelters and some veterinarians (including us) have microchip scanners to identify the cat.

Why does my cat need an exam if he is not due for vaccines?

At Cat Care Clinic, our focus is not on vaccines.  In fact, we use the minimal vaccination schedule set in place by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  We do, however, place a huge importance on regular physical examinations.  Cats are masters at hiding ailments, it is their natural instinct.  Regularly scheduled thorough physical exams and screening lab work can detect problems early, when they are more easily reversed to cured.  This avoids unexpected emergencies in the future.  Depending on the life stage of your cat, one year of changes in their body can equal 5-15 years in a human, so semi-annual exams are recommended for every cat.