Northeast Animal Hospital
1401 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Why do vets perform fewer exams for cats than for dogs?
Owners’ view: Cats are more self-sufficient than dogs, and too anxious to visit the vet.

How can you lessen my cat’s anxiety at the vet?

  • Cat-only entrance
  • Cat-only reception area
  • Cat-only exam room
  • 20% off bloodwork
  • Devoted doctors and nurses with “cat calming” experience

We know cats sometimes need special treatment to help them stay comfortable and free from anxiety, because the smell and attention of dogs can create an atmosphere of fear. Our devotion to pets moves us to accommodate cats in special way that aims for a fear-free practice. We call it “Cater to Cats” and designed it to make felines feel at ease when they visit their doctor.

Please talk to the doctor about your cat’s personal preferences so we can make his or her experience a more pleasurable one. Also, ask about ways you can help in this regard. For example, ask for tips on how to get your cat into a carrier, through the office visit, and back home again.

How do regular exams benefit me and my cat?

  • They provide a voice for pets, who cannot explain how they feel
  • They allow us to measure changes in health against an earlier baseline
  • They enable us to detect and treat issues before they become irreversible
  • They help maintain a friendship with the vet, which can ease anxiety
  • They give peace of mind—to know your cat is healthy and happy

Since cats can’t (and won’t) tell you when they feel sick, they may have already been sick for a long time before you notice any symptoms. By that time, their poor quality of health could be permanent. That’s why we feel it’s so important to see your cat twice per year. We can provide a voice for your feline companion concerning his or her health needs.

Your cat’s life expectancy can lengthen if we treat health issues as they arise, rather than assuming your cat will “bounce back.” But the only way we can detect bad health conditions early is if we see them regularly. The longer we wait the more serious and difficult the conditions become. In addition, regular exams provide a baseline and comparative measures of deviation from what is normal for your cat.

Even though cats may be more self-sufficient than dogs, they are just as susceptible to dental disease, heart conditions, obesity, and other health problems. Let us help you devise a Cat Wellness Plan to help keep your feline companion’s health the best it can be!

What happens during a cat wellness exam?

  • A review of your concerns and your cat’s health records
  • A discussion about any changes in your cat’s behavior and general appearance
  • A physical examination
  • A dental examination
  • Recommendations for further testing and treatment

If necessary, we will also screen your cat’s blood, urine, and stool for infections, parasites, and other conditions. If any condition is found, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan.

As you may agree, important steps needed to maintain your cat’s health are outside the scope of what families can perform at home. Northeast Animal Hospital wants to help fill the need for compassionate members who provide advanced healthcare to your feline friends.