Because Cats Are Special
It depends! Your cat's annual visit will include an examination fee and the cost of vaccinations, and we also recommend that you bring a stool sample to check for parasites every year. Vaccinations vary according to your cat's lifestyle. In general, a rabies vaccine is legally required, and we use a once-yearly vaccine. FVRCP (distemper or upper respiratory vaccine) is recommended usually every three years. Feline leukemia vaccine is recommended every 1-2 years for cats that are exposed to outdoor cats.
We accept cash and all major credit cards. We do not accept check payments.
We also accept Care Credit, a medical credit card that allows you to pay your bill in full at Cat Hospital and to pay back the credit card in monthly installments, often with a six-month interest-free plan. This is great to have in case of an unexpected vet visit for your cat.
Many cat owners also enjoy the benefits of pet insurance, and we honor all plans.
A kind of tumor called a sarcoma rarely develops at a vaccination or other injection site within months to years after an injection. While we do not know the exact trigger, we use vaccines that may be less likely to cause such reactions, and we vaccinate only as often as your cat’s lifestyle requires. Always check your cat for any lumps that may related to vaccination and report to your vet. The risk of illness from not vaccinating your cat is much greater than the risk of sarcoma, and we strongly endorse vaccination of healthy cats.
Yes! FVRCP vaccination is only required every three years and minimizes the symptoms of upper respiratory infections, which affects most cats at some point. Without vaccination, this "common cold" could become severe and require aggressive and even long-term care.
Rabies vaccination is a legal requirement for all pets. Rabies is essentially 100% fatal to both animals and people, and keeping our pets vaccinated has prevented this deadly virus from killing people. In countries where rabies vaccination is poorly maintained in the dog and cat population, thousands of people die every year from rabies. In the United States, only one or two people die from rabies annually.
Also, if your cat bites someone and is not up-to-date on rabies vaccination, your cat may have to be quarantined at an approved facility for rabies observation as a legally mandated precaution. In some cases, a bite victim can demand your cat be euthanized and tested for rabies.
Dr. Perkins' own indoor-only cats once chased a rabid bat that entered their home. Thankfully, her cats were vaccinated. You just never know!
We do offer this procedure. We use a surgical laser for declawing, which reduces complications from bleeding and pain. Each patient receives adequate dosages of pain medication before and after the procedure. We require a consultation to examine your cat to make sure he is healthy for anesthesia and surgery, to discuss alternatives to declawing, and to make sure this procedure is the right decision for you and your cat. Declawing, or onychectomy, is an orthopedic procedure where the first joint of each toe is surgically removed, generally of the front limbs only. We discourage declawing of the hind limbs.
Yes, we groom and bathe cats. Please read more here. http://www.catsarespecial.com/OurServices/Grooming
Bathing a cat may help your allergies. Shaving a long-haired cat may help with allergies and reduce fur accumulation around your home. Shaving a short-haired cat probably won't help anything.
Yes! Although heartworm infection is more common in the dog, it does affect cats. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquito bites, and as you are well aware in southeast Louisiana, mosquitoes are rampant. All cats, even indoor-only cats, need to be on monthly heartworm prevention. About 20% of heartworm positive cats are indoor-only because mosquitoes can find a way into our homes. Heartworm disease may not show obvious symptoms, or it could cause respiratory disease, heart disease, or even death. Monthly prevention is nearly 100% effective, whereas treatment for heartworms is not feasible in cats as it is for dogs. The topical products Revolution and Advantage Multi prevent heartworm disease (along with fleas and other intestinal parasites), as do Heartgard tablets for cats.