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Would You Go to a Feline-Only Vet?

My local vet treats both puppies and kitties, and I've never even seen feline-only doctor's offices. However, as a dog owner, I've not given much thought to the present stressors – unfamiliar smells and barking – for cats coming in for treatment.In a recent article in Dolittler, they explained several situations where feline families may be best served by a cat-only facility:

Not only are feline practitioners, on average, more likely to be up-to-date on issues like vaccine protocols and cat-specific approaches to medicine and handling, but the atmosphere is typically serene compared to dog and cat facilities.

They're not found in every city but, if you had the option, would you bring your precious pets to one of these?


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Blackthorne Blackthorne 7 years
Stories like kittennoir's makes me realize how lucky I am in my mixed species vet clinic experiences.
verily verily 7 years
I'm pretty satisfied with my current vet, as he's very experienced and prices his services very fairly. However, if there were a feline-only vet, I would consider it. Not so much for their "knowledge" but because owners who let their dogs run wild in the office sets my poor cat on edge. And my cat usually has no problem chasing or swatting a dog, but to have them barking and going nuts in an already scary atmosphere leads to a very scared cat.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 7 years
At first impulse, I would say yes to taking my cat to a feline-only vet. But really, I'd rather my cat be okay with dogs, too. Because I love dogs. Makes sense to me.
eveday eveday 7 years
Kittennoir0, what a horrible, horrible bitch she was (pun intended). She was really mean and stupid, I would have given her a good, long lecture about not treating her dog as a weapon (against other innocent animals). I fear she might do that while walking her dog, and maybe some cats have been injured (or killed) because she is such a dumbass!
eveday eveday 7 years
I'm already happy I can afford to take them to the vet...I know it can be stressful, but that's only for some minutes and the vet near my house is fine. Actually, the one who feels more stressed out by the whole "going to the vet" experience is me. *I haven't seen a "feline-only" vet yet here where I live (northeastern region of Brazil).
kittennoir0 kittennoir0 7 years
I would if there was one in my area. When I took my cat to get fixed, a woman with a pit bull sat down across from and began urging her dog to eat my cat (who was quietly sitting in my lap.) Luckily, the dog had better manners than she did.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I went to a feline specialist for the first time about 9 months ago. My regular vet and a radiologist were in disagreement about medications to treat Oliver's PKD. I was very impressed with the vet, and Oliver seemed to appreciate the quieter environment. The hospital is a bit of a drive for us, but I do plan to continue combining the care of the specialist with Oliver's regular vet.
lizs lizs 7 years
My cat can't handle being within 20 feet of any other species (sometimes including humans), so we are a cat-only vet family. She might hiss her brains out, but she doesn't spray....
lawchick lawchick 7 years
I def would if they had one here. My cats get so scared of the barking dogs at the vet, even though they live with a dog! Plus we don't take any of the animals at the same time, so it wouldn't be any more inconvenient.
beyondrace beyondrace 7 years
Yeah, I have a cat.. she goes to a feline only vet.. was hard to find at first but totally worth it..
facin8me facin8me 7 years
I used to take my cats to a feline only clinic for all of the reasons mentioned above. However, I was not impressed with the service we received (sometimes they kept us waiting for a long time, even when they were not tending to an emergency) and I didn't think the veterinarians were all that competent. We now take our cats to a vet closer to our house who deals with both cats and dogs, but knows soooo much more about our cats.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I absolutely do, and it works out great! Plus, being in the waiting room is a lot more pleasant for my kitties when they don't have to deal with all kinds of dogs sniffing all up on their carrier when they're already stressed out.
TsuKata TsuKata 7 years
I intentionally switched to a feline-only vet. My last cat, rest her kitty soul, was a calm one and never had trouble with the vet. Pancake, though, has a fear of carriers due to how he got abandoned in one, so getting him to the vet is a trial. I couldn't get him used to a leash, so we suffer through the carrier together. He's gotten better with it, but any barking dogs or other animals will set him off in a heartbeat. It was just less stressful for both of us to go somewhere that caters to kitty needs. Also, I'm finding that my feline vet is a little more able to deal with cat stress behavior (hiding, hissing, spitting), and also more willing to let me "play nurse" rather than subject the assistant to Pancake's anger. Pancake calms down in my arms, but the vet's like trying to hold a rattlesnake. :) He's great with people in our house, but I suspect that those same people in a vet office environment wouldn't get the sweet Pancake affection. I wish that vets did house calls!!
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
I have 2 dogs and 2 cats and it's much simpler to take them all in at once, so no, I won't be going to a species dedicated vet.
Blackthorne Blackthorne 7 years
When we have bottle baby kittens or foster kittens with special needs they go to a feline only doctor that works with the rescue organization. My cats have to make due with a vet clinic that cares for exotics as well as dogs and cats. It is much harder to find a rabbit savy vet and a good avian vet than a feline vet. So we shop for the exotic vet and the cats and the dog can deal. :p (mommy to 3 cats, 1 pug, 2 lion head rabbits, 1 double yellow head amazon parrot, 1 guinea pig, and 1 betta)
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