Cat Care

Feline Medicine

The veterinary team at Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital knows that our feline patients are special creatures. Dr. Wojcicki genuinely enjoys cat care. Cats are not just small dogs. They have special nutritional needs, unique vaccine requirements and very specific drug dosages to highlight just a couple of important feline topics. Our recommendation of “Every Pet, Every Year” is especially true for cats. For many reasons, significant portions of the population of cats in the US do not visit their veterinarian on a regular basis. At least one reason for this is they can appear to be very self-sufficient and healthy when in fact they are not. Cats are very good at hiding disease and it is true that they may be sicker before their owner recognizes they have a problem and take them to the veterinarian. We know that with regular visits to MVAH we can work with you to keep your cat happy and healthy for many years.

Low-Stress Visits

Cat people can recognize other cat people and we, at MVAH, are cat people. We recognize that cats (and owners) start to get nervous as soon as the cat carrier comes out at home, and the car ride can only make things worse. Don’t hesitate to talk to us about aromatherapy and medications you can use at home to make the trip to our hospital easier for you and your cat. Once you arrive at MVAH we will do everything possible to make your kitty’s visit a breeze. We know how to handle cats during regular exams and for special procedures in a way that is safe, gentle and as stress free as possible for everyone. Also we all are happy to provide instruction in proper administration of topical and oral medications and treatments. Let us know if you need help with anything regarding the care and handling of your cats.

Preventative Care

MVAH is a leader in vaccine recommendations; we adopted the three year upper respiratory vaccine protocol at least fifteen years ago. Rest assured, we treat each cat as an individual and will only recommend the vaccines that they need. We love to talk about good nutrition, weight control and dental care.

Common Diseases

The health care team is very familiar with treatment of all of the common diseases of cats. We currently manage the health care of many cats with hyperthyroidism, diabetes, kidney disease, bladder disease, skin allergies and dental disease to name a few of the most common conditions. We will explain exactly what is going on and we will work with you to provide the best level of care available. If we cannot help you we will find the specialist who can.

Educational Links

Cornell Feline Health Center

Cat Care

“As always greeted nicely and they take wonderful care of their animals. Thank you.”

– Dawn H., Merrimac