VCA City Cats Hospital


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  • Superior care for your cats and you

    -Susanne and Colin Blair from Arlington, MA
    Pet Name: Maia, Mr. Reginald, and the late Pinot

    Dr. Leavey and her staff are always compassionate, professional, and willing to make the extra effort to care for your cats. Over the years they have responded to the widely ranging needs of our three cats, always giving them superior care and taking the time to explain treatment and comfort us as pet parents as well. They have made a comfortable place for my cats to visit for their medical care, allowing even my most skittish cat to feel cared for and more relaxed. We cannot recommend VCA City Cats highly enough.

  • Random Acts of Kindness

    -Emil Weinberg from Lexington, MA
    Pet Name: Random

    Pet Image Last week, aged twenty, Random came to the end of his nine lives. He lived them fully, and City Cats helped to keep him going this long.

    Nothing can make up for the loss of such an old friend. To be a part to his euthanasia was one of the saddest duties that I've ever performed.

    It is against this backdrop that I found outstanding the care and consideration with which Dr. Leavey and the entire staff at City Cats treated both him and me in those final moments: From the well-designed and expertly executed protocol, which made the intolerable blissfully painless, smooth, and quick; to the extraordinary warmth and empathy with which they responded to the feelings I was unable to repress. For all of it, though having paid my bill, I am and will always be in their debt.

  • Truly Caring

    -Doug Bolin from Cambridge, MA
    Pet Name: Yuki, Noodles

    Pet Image My wife and I have been together for over thirty years now and have had at least two cats in our lives since we got engaged. Our current cats, Yuki and Noodles adopted us about 18 months ago, and they are the second generation to be cared for by City Cats.

    We've lived all over the United States and gone to a number of different vets. City Cats is the best by far. Everyone there takes a sincere, personal interest in each cat's health, well-being and happiness. The quality of care is unmatched. They're great with each cat's humans too. They've helped us to understand our feline companions better, to enjoy the many good times with them more fully, and to make it through the hard times as well.

  • Can you say awesome

    -Elaine Lydston from Medford, MA

    I was looking for a vet/groomer that would be up to the challenge of caring for my oftentimes difficult cat Sinatra. I came across City Cats Hospital while searching online and called to see if they would see him. They did within a matter of days and I couldn't be happier with the way in which they took care of not only Sinatra but me, his anxious owner. Dr. Landman was extremely patient with Sinatra, giving him time to settle down before she began his exam. She was both gentle and thorough. I've never seen Sinatra so calm and cooperative at the vet's office, ever. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself. The entire staff (Drs., techs, groomer, receptionist) of City Cats are just wonderful. They are all caring, experienced professionals. Their love of cats is evident in the manner in which they conduct themselves and interact with not only their feline patients but also the patient's owner. I was so impressed with the care and treatment Sinatra received that I've transfered his medical records from the vet I had been using for 20 yrs to City Cats Hospital. They know, love and understand cats and how to deal with them. I couldn't be happier.

  • Capacity and Compassion

    -Veronika McDonald King from Arlington, MA
    Pet Name: Lilly

    Pet Image I started taking my cats to Dr. Leavey several years ago, when one of my cats became suddenly ill and CityCats was the closest vet who could see me right away. I have always found Dr. Leavey and the rest of the staff extremely knowledgeable and compassionate about cat health both mental and physical. Dr. Leavey takes the time to explain what she is doing in detail, and the importance of each procedure, blood test, etc. Recently another one of my cats passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I called the office to let them know, and hoping for some explanation of what happened. Dr. Leavey called me back personally, and spent a great deal of time asking me about what happened, explaining why my kitty passed away, how to handle her remains, and even advised me how to help my other cat understand. I am so grateful for the deep caring and attention to her patients Dr. Leavey expresses, and look forward to being a client of CityCats for many years, and hopefully many more cats, to come.

  • A wonderful place

    -Jeanne from Arlington, MA
    Pet Name: Emmy

    I have been known Dr Leavey at City Cats throughout the lives of both of both of my cats. One of my cats developed lymphoma and she and the staff helped guide both my cat and me through surgeries, chemo and, eventually, euthanasia. As hard as all of that was, it really helped to have a doctor and staff who were kind and compassionate. I continue to bring my now 19 year old cat to Dr Leavey trusting her wisdom and judgement once again. I wouldn't go anywhere else!!

  • Long, but worth it, ride to City Cats

    -Koopa, Calloway, Chicken from Waltham, MA
    Pet Name: Koopa, Calloway, Chicken

    Pet Image City Cats is definitely not the closest vet to us but definitely the best. Dr Leavey provides complete care. She is the first vet we have found that takes both Western and Eastern medicine into consideration when taking care of our cats. Koopa has chronic sinus issues which are kept at bay by her daily medication and herbal remedies. Cal has asthma, with 70% of his lungs calcified, but runs around like a maniac chasing Chicken. He wouldn't be able to without his Kitty-Inhaler. All of us are confident that we are receiving the best possible care available.


    -Chloe's Mom from Woburn, MA
    Pet Name: Chloe

    I had been taking my kitty to a vet in Woburn for several years. Each year, I felt a bit uneasy taking her there, but convinced myself it was okay. - Last year I decided to make a change, and made an appointment at VCA City Cats in Arlington, MA for my kitty's annual physical exam, shots and dental cleaning. I am extremely pleased that I chose VCA. I have found the care provided by Dr. Leavey and the technician who takes my kitty's medical history, to be absolutely exceptional, thorough and professional. They handle my kitty gently and kindly. The day after a dental cleaning, the technician places a follow-up call to ask how my kitty is doing. Dr. Leavey calls me personally to discuss blood test results, or other medical issues. I am confident that the care my kitty receives at VCA City Cats Hospital in Arlington is the very best. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else for her veterinary care.

  • Two Cat's Best Friends

    -Alex Foustoukos from Salem, MA
    Pet Name: Gus and Max

    Pet Image We have two 18 year old cats, Gus and Max, and we've been bringing them to Citycats since they were about 5. Max is very sweet and doesn't mind going to the vet (he thinks he's getting the royal treatment and treats it like a trip to the spa), but Gus is quite another story. Gus gets so scared and upset, it usually takes Dr. Leavey and 2 vet techs in protective armor to give him as much of an exam as he'll allow. I've always been amazed at how caring and professional all the staff have been with both cats, no matter how easy or difficult the visit. Dr. Leavey has seen them through kidney disease, intestinal bowel disease, arthritis, hyperthyroid, tumors, high blood pressure, and more. I am convinced that Dr. Leavey and the staff's wonderful care have given both Max and Gus (and us) at least an extra 5 years together - and good years we continue to enjoy. They always spend as much time as needed to make sure we understand the issues and the different options. It's clear how much they love cats and how compassionate they are with them and their owners. Even though we moved from Arlington and Medford to Salem 3 years ago, we continue to get Max and Gus their primary care from Citycats. How could we bring them anywhere else?

  • Nicole

    -Susan T from Watertown, MA
    Pet Name: Nicole

    I have been taking my cat Nicole to City Cats since I adopted her from a shelter a few years ago. Nicole clearly had a medical problem although the shelter couldn't determine what it was. I thought I'd be able to focus exclusively on this one cat and thus be in a better position to help her. One of my friends,who had been seeing Dr. Leavey for some time with her FIV+ cat, recommended her as being extremely thoughtful, very smart, and willing to work with difficult cases. She was so right! It turns out Nicole has IBD and Dr. Leavey and I have worked very hard to keep Nicole as healthy as possible. She has always explained procedures and tests to me, has been clear about the costs involved and has often offered suggestions about possible alternatives. She did not hesitate to refer Nicole to a specialist when that was needed.

    The staff at City Cats are extraordinary too. Nicole was badly abused before she was rescued
    and she has been an extremely difficult cat to handle, totally untrusting of strangers. The staff
    are so understanding and do their best to handle her in a kind and caring way. It amazes me
    that they don't go running when I bring her in. They are obviously professionals who have a real
    interest in Nicole's well-being.

    I'm so glad I found City Cats where I know my cat is in extremely capable hands. By the way, Nicole is currently stable on her medications -- we've even found a way to make her think they are treats.


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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 781-641-3673.

If it is after hours, check with one of these 24-hour emergency clinics:

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

20 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA

Angell Animal Medical Center

350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

VCA South Shore Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street
Weymouth, MA

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England

180 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA