Cater to Cats


Q: My cat hates going to the vet. Period.
A: We understand. We can help create a fear-free environment to make it a little easier.

How do you help create a fear-free visit to the vet?

No one likes going to the doctor for a checkup, but cats probably top the list of those who are the hardest to get to the doctor. Whether by hiding, screaming, scratching, or biting, cats will let you know they do not want to go to the vet. However, the hassle of corralling them into a carrier (if you can even find them!) and enduring the caterwauling-filled car ride is enough to make us put off those vet visits—indefinitely!

Is it any wonder that a recent survey showed that half the cat population hasn’t been to the vet in more than a year? Add to that the fact that cats are masters at hiding their illnesses as a survival instinct, and you get felines who are at risk of being diagnosed with serious health problems long after preventive measures could have started.

That’s why we started our “Cater to Cats” accommodation at Northeast Animal Hospital. With a separate entrance, reception area, and cat-only exam rooms, your kitty will feel much more at ease coming to visit the vet, and that means healthier, happier cats. While we realize bringing your cat to the vet may never be a walk up the scratch post, it’s our hope that Cater to Cats will help make your job easier.

  • Devoted doctors and nurses with “cat calming” experience
  • A separate “no dogs allowed” front entrance
  • A separate “no dogs allowed” reception area
  • Two primary cat exam rooms
  • 20% off feline bloodwork with every routine wellness exam

Why is bloodwork a “fear free” part of Cater to Cats?

As part of our Cater to Cats accommodation, we offer savings on bloodwork. Why do pets need bloodwork when they visit us for a Wellness Exam? As mentioned above, a cat may go a long time with hidden symptoms of disease while we go along completely unaware. Bloodwork helps us see what we would otherwise fail to see. That can go a long way in alleviating fear: Your fear of the unknown or of imagined health issues in your cat, and your cat’s fear when a real illness begins to expose a weakness.

During blood tests, we analyze the quantity and structure of blood cells because it’s important in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease and infection. Bloodwork can help us identify a problem before clinical signs, or symptoms, appear. But what exactly are we looking for when we do a blood draw? In short, we are looking for signs that indicate inflammation, infection, internal bleeding, autoimmune diseases, or even cancer, among other things.

The chart below shows the basic components of blood that we analyze in blood tests, and what the results may mean:

Test

Possible Results and Meaning

Total Protein

An increase may be due to dehydration or inflammation; A decrease may be due to bleeding, malnutrition, or congestive heart failure

Albumin

An increase may be due to dehydration; A decrease may be due to bleeding, congestive heart failure, or liver failure

Globulin

Calculated as the difference between total protein and albumin

Urea

An increase may be due to certain dietary excesses or deficiencies, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or a ruptured bladder; A decrease may be due to liver failure or low levels of dietary protein

Creatinine

An increase may be due to kidney disorders, muscle damage, or a ruptured bladder

Glucose

An increase may be caused by diabetes or short-term stress; A decrease may be found in cases of neurologic disease or malnutrition

ALT and ALP

An increase in these enzymes may indicate liver damage, muscle damage, or increased thyroid gland activity

We want to make it even easier to help keep your pet healthy, so as part of “Cater to Cats,” we offer 20% off feline bloodwork with every routine wellness exam!

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