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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. My cat is urinating outside of the litter box. What should I do?
Make an appointment to have your cat seen. Our Doctor will check for medical problems such as a urinary tract infection, crystals in the urine and bladder stones. Treating the medical problem will get most cats to start reusing their litter box. If there is no medical problem, the Doctor will discuss behavioral treatments.
2. What should I be feeding my cat?
We strongly recommend cats to be on a mostly canned food diet, as it is closest to its natural diet in the wild. Cats should be fed 2 – 3 meals per day. The majority of the meal should be a meat flavored wet food. One 5.5 ounce can OR two 3 ounce cans per day. Depending on your cat’s weight, activity level and medical status, you may also give 1/8 cup –1/4 cup of preferably grain free or a single colored dry food per day. Most seafood is detrimental to the overall health of your cat and therefore we ask that you not feed it to your cat.
3. Why should I have my cat’s stool sample checked annually?
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that all cats have a stool sample checked at least once a year. Even indoor cats can get parasites from dirt being brought in on your shoes and clothes. Insects being ingested, mice and potting soil can also contribute to a parasite issue.
4. My cats don’t go outside so why should I vaccinate them?
The rabies vaccine is required by law for all cats and dogs in Pennsylvania. Rabid bats can get into people’s homes. If your cat would bite someone and is not vaccinated, the Department of Health would get involved. Pennsylvania has one of the highest occurrences of rabid animals in the country.
The distemper vaccine protects your cat from potentially serious upper respiratory infections. This virus can be brought into your home by any person or animal. It is extremely important to make sure your current cats are protected with this vaccine prior to bringing any new cats into the home.
5. What can you tell me about boarding my cat?
Currently, we offer boarding at a cost of $25.00 per evening. We provide a litter box, blanket and offer both canned and dry food. If, however, you wish to give your cat all the comforts of home, please feel free to supply your cats own food, special toy and/or blanket. Our boarders are out of their kennel at least twice a day to stretch their legs. We do not allow the cats out at the same time unless they are from the same family. Medications can be administered for an additional charge.
6. Why does everything cost so much?
Your cat will receive a full medical examination by a veterinarian who has specialized in cats for 20+ years. We choose to administer the best and safest vaccines for your cat as recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
The cost of our surgeries includes the surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization and post-operative pain medications. Your cat’s surgery is performed by a veterinarian who has 20+ years’ experience with cats. The Doctor is with your cat from start to finish, unlike some of the low cost clinics with assembly line surgery. Your cat will be monitored by our nursing staff until fully awake from the anesthesia. Periodic checks continue throughout the day until they are discharged. We also provide the best post-operative pain medications available.
7. How soon can we schedule spay/neuter and declaw surgery for our cat?
For developmental purposes, spay/neuter can be scheduled when your cat is 6 months old. A declaw can be scheduled beginning at 3 months old. If the cat is not actively using its claws, we prefer to wait until they are 6 months old so the declaw is performed in conjunction with the spay/neuter. If considering a declaw, we recommend a front declaw only, unless the owner has a medical condition such as diabetes or a suppressed immune system, etc.
8. How much does it cost to have my cat’s teeth cleaned?
Dental costs vary depending on the condition of the teeth and the amount of dental disease. There are many questions that need to be answered prior to determining a cost. Will some teeth need to be extracted due to cavities or eroding tooth roots? Will we need to give antibiotics and pain medicine? Will we need pre-operative blood work completed? We require making an appointment to assess your cat’s dental disease and overall health. An estimate for the procedure will be provided to you at the end of the appointment.
9. Can you groom my cat?
We do not have a licensed groomer on our staff. We recommend you take your cat to a professional groomer. We will, however, sedate and groom cats who will not allow a groomer to touch them.
10. Do I need to continue to apply Revolution?
Yes! Mice and insects are the carriers of fleas, roundworms & heartworms, which can enter your home in any season. Therefore, we strongly recommend using Revolution year round for their protection.