Cat-Friendly Veterinary Clinic
At Westside Pet Hospital, we pride ourselves in being a cat-friendly practice. For you and your feline friends, this means we went through a rigorous certification process administered by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. The outcome of the certification is to increase our awareness and understanding of your cat’s medical needs.
A big part of being a cat-friendly practice is also being a human-friendly practice. We have special exam and waiting rooms specifically for cats, to keep them in a calm environment, far away from the dogs we treat. We have learned tricks and techniques to help you get your cat in to see us quickly and stress-free, and also ways to help you medicate and treat your cat if needed.
Cats are special creatures and they react differently to common medications. They also exhibit signs of disease differently than dogs.
It’s important to us that you and your cat are comfortable when visiting Westside Pet Hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cats And Vets:
My cats act fine. Why do they need to have an annual examination?
Cats are great at hiding disease. Changes in behavior such as interaction with the family, hiding more, not climbing stairs or jumping up on countertops may be your cat’s way of saying things aren’t right.
What other symptoms should I be aware of?
Changes in eating and drinking behavior or rapid gain or loss of weight may indicate many different disease processes. If your cat’s breath is bad enough to chase you into the other room, it may indicate dental disease or worse.
What is preventive medicine?
The goal of preventive medicine is to optimize health and minimize disease burden by proactively taking measures to prevent disease. Finding problems early is the key to keeping cats genuinely healthy. Early detection allows for treatment options that may be less invasive, less expensive and significantly more effective. A recent study found that diet changes can effectively treat many diseases if discovered in the early stages.
My cat hates going to the vet.
At Westside Pet Hospital, we minimize the stress for the both of you. We have been certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice. Through this process we have learned ways to make it easier for your cats to get the health care they need.
Are there things I can do to minimize my cat’s stress?
Cats are most comfortable with the familiar, and need time to adjust to the unfamiliar. The visit to the vet is often difficult because the carrier, car and the veterinary hospital are usually unfamiliar. Respect your cat’s need for time to become familiar with new situations, people and places.
You can help your cat by making the carrier a familiar place by leaving it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time. Cats are very sensitive to smells so cleaning the box thoroughly with soap and water as opposed to disinfectants will lessen anxiety.
Are there things I can do to increase my cat’s quality of life?
Help to your cat live a longer, healthier life by helping them eat better and get more exercise.
Exercise builds stronger muscles, increases flexibility, helps bones and joints stay strong, and burns extra calories. Cats aren’t big fans of treadmills but they love to chase things like a feather on a stick, toy mice and laser lights. Cats have entered the digital age by using iPads to chase virtual mice and even paint through apps made specifically for felines. Developers say claws won’t hurt the screen but you may want to watch out for biting.
Here’s a novel approach for those extra calories? It’s the mouse Weight Watcher point diet. A cat’s natural diet is 8 to 10 mice a day. Each mouse contains 30 -35 calories, so roughly 325 calories per day. The average kibble is 2 to 3 calories. This translates to 12 kibbles per feeding 8 to 10 times a day. Don’t have time to feed your cat that often. There are several toys on the market that dispense food as your cat plays with them. Or you could also have a family craft night and make puzzle feeders for your feline.
Help your cat achieve their full potential with these simple exercise and diet suggestions.
Westside Pet Hospital knows how difficult it can be to bring in your cat for an examination or procedure. New sights, sounds, and car travel can create a lot of anxiety.
Our clinic is now dispensing a medication that will help reduce the anxiety and stress your cat experiences. The medication is given orally 2-3 hours prior to your scheduled visit. It also gives you peace of mind by reducing your stress.
The cost of the medication is $20. Please give us a call at (541) 678-5440 to schedule an appointment or to get more information.