VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Cat Behavior & Facts

Cats communicate with each other and people in many fascinating ways. Cat’s use vocalizations as well as body language in order to alert us to how they are feeling.

Before we can understand possible cat behavior issues it is important to know what is considered normal or what our cat is trying to say. In fact many cat behavior problems are actually normal behaviors but the cat is performing them inappropriately from the owner’s perspective. Some of the most common cat behavioral issues are aggression and elimination problems and often stem from a lack of proper environmental stimulation or outlets for normal feline behaviors.

With a detailed history and examination, your veterinarian can quickly assess your cat’s behavior issues and provide solutions or treatment options to help ease the undesired behavior. Effective behavior treatments usually include enriching a cat's environment and strengthening the bond between pet and owner. Other modifications and medications must sometimes be used to control undesirable behavior.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER - 703-823-3601

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can count on our critical care team to be here when you need them the most.

Your pet's health deserves the finest care. Each member of our team strives for the advancement of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to us, you can be certain you will receive the dedication and compassion that makes our hospital stand out in patient care. 

Please call us at 703-823-3601 immediately if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency.

Find out what might constitute an Emergencyor read more about our Services.

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