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Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic
1813 North Union Boulevard Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909
Phone: (719) 475-1747
Website: www.pikespeakvet.com

Cat Only Veterinary Practices

I notice there are some veterinary practices that only see cats as patients.  What are the advantages for me to take my cat to one of these practices?

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Veterinarians and veterinary healthcare teams who dedicate themselves to see only cats place a high value on their feline patients’ distinct needs.  They are especially interested in delivering medical care to cats in ways that help the cat (and its human family members) experience as little stress as possible.

A cat-only veterinary practice is typically designed and built with cat comfort in mind.  You may find examination rooms with softer lighting, soft surfaces for examination tables, or chairs on which the veterinarian will sit in order to examine her patients on her lap.  There are no dogs allowed in a cat-only practice - a serious stress reducer for most cats!

"A veterinarian and veterinary healthcare team
that only take care of cats
will generally have greater experience
with cat-specific medical issues."

A veterinarian and veterinary healthcare team that only take care of cats will generally have greater experience with cat-specific medical issues.  Because they only take care of cats, their patient handling will reflect a feline focus.  Cat-only practices tend to utilize minimal restraint techniques - another stress reducer.  You will also tend to find lots of cat-specific retail products in a cat only practice.

Are there any special designations I should look for when trying to find a cat only practice?

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Cat Friendly Veterinary Practices").

Cats need to see their veterinarians twice per year for preventive care.  Cats age faster than humans do, so their health status can change within a relatively short period of time.  We know that early detection leads to early cure/resolution of most diseases, and the only path to early detection is regular veterinary evaluation.  Let’s make regular veterinary assessment as easy as possible for our kitty friends by seeking out a cat only veterinary practice.

Robin Downing, DVM, CVPP, CCRP, DAAPM