VCA Beacon Hill Cat Hospital

Cat Health Topics

The Cat Health Topics in this section address day-to-day concerns.

Whether you're just starting out with your first kitten or are an old cat hand looking for the latest thoughts on vaccination protocols, you're sure to find plenty of information here to help you ensure your cat gets off to a good start and enjoys a long, healthy life.

The tips and techniques you'll find on these pages, combined with regular wellness examinations by your favorite veterinarian, can help keep your feline friends happy and healthy.

 


Brushing Your Cat's Teeth
 Brushing your cat's teeth at home is the best thing you can do to maintain your cat's oral health.

 Trimming
 Trimming a cats claws takes a little practice but is not difficult. And it's a great skill to have in your cat care repertoire.

 Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats
 Cats are inquisitive animals with amazing senses that are challenged every day in the wild. But what if your cat never goes outside?

 Kittens - Estimating Age
 Alley Cat Allies has created a page of photos showing the development of kittens from day 1 through day 70 (10 weeks). This is a great reference if you are trying to estimate the age of an orphan or stray kitten. Caution,  these adorable kittens may cause you to want to add to your cat family ;-)

 Kittens - Recognizing Boys and Girls
 The differences between males and females can be subtle in young kittens. This Feline Practitioner has provided a photo reference on her hospital website that may help you figure out who is what...

 Tips on Taking your Cat to the Veterinarian
 Use our Find a Feline Practitioner search to locate a member veterinarian near your home. When planning your visit, read these tips offered by Hills Pet Nutrition and Dr. Illona Rodan for making Your cat's trip to see your  veterinarian as stress free as possible...

 Trap Neuter Return of Feral Cats
 Pet overpopulation is a major concern throughout the world. A humane way of controlling feral cat populations is trap-neuter-return.

 Understanding Your Cat's Behavior
 Why do cats do what they do? The better we understand life from a cat's point of view, the better we can live in harmony with our feline companions.

 

Friends for Life - Caring for Your Older Cat
 We all want to grow old with grace and dignity, and we want the same for our pets...



 Nursing Care

Your veterinarian has devised a treatment plan for your cat, but you're responsible for carrying it out at home. Yikes!

 "You expect me to do what to my cat?!"
give these pills to Ernie
The Cat Health Topics in this section address some of the more common forms of home nursing care"from administering medications and fluid therapy to providing special diets. The information we've compiled will help you gain the confidence needed to perform the home nursing care your cat is depending on you to provide.
 

Diet and Drug Therapies for Cats with Kidney Disease
 If your cat is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, you might be called on to administer a special diet, as well as drugs and nutritional supplements to help manage the symptoms.

 Fluid Therapy for Cats with Kidney Disease
 If your cat's kidneys are ailing, you might be called on to administer fluids at home"which could mean your cat spends less time at the veterinary hospital.

 Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule
 Medicating your cat at home can be challenging. This video produced by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the Cornell Feline Health Center will help you develope confidence and acheive success!

 Taking Your Cat's Temperature
 Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the Cornell Feline Health Center produced this informational video and step by step instructions showing how you can take your cat's temperature at home.

 Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler
 A metered-dose inhaler with an attached spacer device is a simple way to deliver asthma medications to cats.



 Signs & Symptoms

 Your cat is suddenly very ill. Your veterinarian is going to ask you many questions. Will you be able to answer them with confidence?

Cats that don't feel well tend to withdraw rather than complain. Early signs of a problem may be subtle.You can learn to be a keen observer and a skilled reporter. These resources can help you sharpen your cat watching skills.


Healthy Cats For Life
 The American Association of Feline Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health have created this website to help cat owners recognize the subtle signs of illness in cats.

 Learning from the Litter Pan
 This Feline Practitioner member believes you can learn a lot by paying attention to what you scoop. Warning! There are pictures of poop on this page ;-)

 Vomiting
 Vomiting is a symptom commonly observed in cats that can indicate any one of a wide range of acute or chronic illnesses.

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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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

If your cat has an emergency, please come right away - your cat will be seen immediately.  If possible, call to let us know you are on the way.

If we are closed, our voicemessage has the phone numbers of nearby Emergency locations that we recommend.  Our phone number is 703-765-2287.

After hours we recommend you call:

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital 703-751-2022

or VCA Southpaws Referral Center 703-752-9100

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