Veterinary Services For Cats

The arrival of a new kitten is enjoyable and exciting. Some planning and having the correct information can make the experience go smoothly. When your new kitten is introduced to your home, make it a gradual introduction, and always supervised. It probably is a good idea to confine the kitten to one large room with easy access to a litter pan, along with kitten food and water. This will give the kitten an opportunity to become acquainted with you and its new surroundings. Always spend a lot of time holding the kitten, and especially spend a lot of time playing with it. There is an abundance of kitten and adult cat toys available from your local pet stores. You should take the time to introduce the kitten to its new litter pan. The majority of the time, all that is necessary is to place the cat in the litter pan, and nature takes its course. Don't forget to save a stool sample for that all important first vet visit. After several days, you can gradually introduce the kitten to other areas of the house. Again, please make sure that the kitten is supervised, especially if there are any children, other cats or dogs in the house. We have occasionally seen some emergency situations in which the kitten was attacked by the dog or accidentally stepped on by a child. Most kittens are curious about their new surroundings and will explore any new areas open to them. Some kittens will take the first opportunity and hide under the sofa, bed, etc. Be patient, reassure the kitten that everything will be fine. You should also take this opportunity to "kitten-proof" the house, meaning that you should prevent the kitten access to anything that could potentially harm it. As stated previously, kittens are naturally curious animals, and if given the opportunity, will investigate and get into things that they shouldn't. An example of this is the kitten chewing on an electrical cord. This occasionally happens around the holidays (the kitten being allowed near the Christmas tree) - but this can happen at any time of the year. So, 'kitten-proof" your house.

We Support Every Stage Of Your Cat's Life

As your feline friend grows, they will move through six distinct stages of life:

  • Kitten: 0-6 months
  • Junior: 7 months - 2 years
  • Prime: 3 - 6 years
  • Mature: 7 - 10 years
  • Senior: 11 - 14 years
  • Geriatric: 15+ years

Naturally, as a cat grows and progresses through life, it will undergo physiological changes and face a variety of life events that will require care and attention. From kitten care to geriatric cat medicine, consistent preventive care can make all the difference in the quality of life of your cat. Ultimately your cat's health will impact your relationship with them.

Cats are very good at hiding illness. In fact, most cats will simply become less active and less interactive when very ill. Any signs of illness that a cat may show will be very subtle. Any change in their behavior should warrant a consideration that they may be ill. Many clients will return from work to find that their cat simply does not greet them at the door as usual. This may be an indication that your cat is ill. Because the signs of cat illness are so subtle, if you should notice any obvious changes in behavior please call our office.

Extended hours And Emergency Cat Care

Typically cats don't RSVP for a veterinary emergency. Therefore, our cat care clinic keeps extended hours. Our office hours are:

  • Surgery check-in: 8am-8:30am
  • Monday - Thursday:
    • RAH: 8am-10pm
    • LFAH: 8am-8pm
    • CEVH:
      • Monday-Wednesday: 8am-8pm
      • Thursday: 8am-6pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 
    • RAH: 8am-8pm
    • LFAH:
      • Friday: 8am-5pm
      • Saturday: 8am-2pm
    • CEVH:
      • Friday: 8am-6pm
      • Saturday: 8am-2pm
  • Sunday: 
    • RAH: 9am-5pm
    • LFAH: closed
    • CEVH: closed

If you happen to call after hours we will refer you to a 24 hour emergency clinic nearby.

A Cat Friendly Certified Hospital

Because the medical needs of cats are unique, our cat friendly hospitals utilizes specialized equipment, training of employees and facilities specific to felines. We have a dedicated feline only examination rooms and we minimize stress by utilizing feline pheromones and soft cozy surfaces which will allow your cat to feel safe and secure. Our staff are trained to allow cats to move at their own pace which allows them to feel less stress during their visit to our hospital. Cats have special needs when it comes to exploring new environments. We understand the needs of cats and how to keep their stress to a minimum. While we cannot make all cats feel completely at home, we can help all cats to feel safe and comfortable during their visit.

Our cat hospitals are also certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice. This accreditation means our veterinary practice specializes in meeting the diverse array of feline needs, including:

  • Understanding the unique needs of cats, thereby making veterinary visits more cat-friendly
  • Understanding how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner
  • Having an appropriate standard of equipment needed to diagnose and treat feline patients
  • Meeting the standards for the facilities and care of hospitalized cats

Cat Health Services and Treatments

At Rutherford and Little Falls, we specialize in the following cat health services for cats of all ages, breeds and circumstances:

  • Acupuncture: Our practice utilizes both eastern and western medicine through the consideration and inclusion of acupuncture in some cases
  • Allergy Testing: Cats commonly face a number of allergens that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, allergy testing can help us identify and properly treat the root cause of some issues
  • Anesthesia: We have the facilities, equipment, medicine and knowledge to ensure your cat stays safe while under anesthesia
  • Bathing and Hygiene: Proper feline hygiene is an important component of a healthy happy lifestyle
  • Behavior Services: Your cat's behavior is not genetically inherent, but can be learned and unlearned with your commitment and our help
  • Boarding: If you are going on a trip and want to make sure that your cat is well taken care of, our staff can ensure high quality affordable care
  • Cancer Treatment: Our communicative, community approach to cancer treatment makes all the difference for you and your cat
  • Cardiology: Our first rate facilities, equipment and professional knowledge gets to the heart of your cat's health and wellness matters
  • Declawing: With a focus on education and compassionate cat care, we can help you decide whether declawing is the right option or whether you should consider alternatives
  • Dental Care: Our knowledge and dental experience can help prevent and treat your cat's dental conditions, including periodontal disease
  • Dermatology: Diagnosing skin conditions early is highly beneficial in treatment. However, if a skin condition has already developed, it must be addressed before it worsens
  • Deworming: Intestinal parasites are a danger both your pet and family, let us ensure that your cat is protected from worms
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinarians and technicians to accurately diagnose your cat's condition so that the proper treatment can be prescribed
  • Emergency Care: We specialize in comprehensive emergency care, and our facilities are designed to address any veterinary emergency your cat may have
  • Eye Care: Our doctors are trained to recognize feline specific eye disease and choose treatments based upon efficacy and your cat's tolerance to specific treatments.
  • Flea & Tick: We employ safe and effective flea & tick treatments for your cat's health and happiness
  • Heartworm Prevention: We specialize in heartworm education prevention, diagnosis and treatment for your cat
  • Homeopathic and Nutraceutical: Alternative therapies such as homeopathy may also play important roles in the treatment of some conditions
  • House Calls: We are very sensitive to the needs of our clients and patients and in some cases a house call is the best way to deliver care
  • Kitten Care: We help you learn to care for your kitten through education and nutritional awareness while providing the proper preventive medical treatments
  • Laboratory: Our laboratory testing services mean faster and more accurate diagnostics and treatments for your cat
  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Our state of the art tools and facilities allow us to perform less invasive and safer laparoscopic surgery on your cat
  • Laser Therapy: Our cold laser therapy is a tool used to treat cats for post-operative pain, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It is painless and well tolerated by all cats
  • Medications: When your cat requires medication our doctors will provide the right prescription
  • Microchip ID: Microchipping is the best way to aid in having your cat returned safely should it become lost
  • Nutrition: We will address the specialized nutritional requirements for you cat in different life stages and to aid in the management of certain illness
  • Pain Management: We specialize in effective and compassionate pain management for your cat regardless of age, ability or condition
  • Preventive Care: Our comprehensive preventive care program is the first step to ensuring that your cat has a long healthy life
  • Semi-Annual Wellness Exams: A cornerstone of preventive care, semi-annual wellness exams help prolong life by allowing health issues to be identified and addressed early
  • Senior Care: We understand the special needs of aging cats. We will partner with you to provide the optimal plan for your aging feline
  • Spay or Neuter: We provide a safe and painless surgical experience for your cat
  • Surgery: Our facilities, equipment and staff offer your cat the best option for a successful surgery and recovery
  • Vaccinations: Our veterinarians will recommend an individualized and personalized vaccination protocol based on your cat's needs

Make An Appointment With One Of Our Hospitals Today

Our success as a cat hospital is a reflection of the health and happiness of our patients and clients. From preventive medicine to comprehensive illness and disease intervention, our cat hospital staff will ensure that your next visit to our cat hospital will resonate with care, respect, transparency and compassion. Schedule an appointment today.

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