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How will your cat handle a move?

Published: Jul 16, 2012

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Moving? If so, you're not alone. Summer is a popular season to move, and whether you are moving down the block or across the country, it's important to consider how the move will affect your feline companion.

The key to a smooth transition for your cat is to start preparing well beforehand. Cats thrive on consistency, so it is important to continue feeding, grooming and playing with your cat as normal throughout the packing process at home, according to You should also try to stay as stress-free as you can. Cats tend to pick up on their owners' moods and it can affect how they feel and act. Maintaining a calm demeanor can prevent cat behavior problems and keep everyone stress-free during the move.

You should also sort out all the logistics of bringing your cat to a new place. If you are moving across state lines, you will need to find a new veterinarian and check out any laws that state has about felines, such as certain cat vaccinations or licenses.

Schedule a veterinary appointment well before the move to get a clean bill of health and collect your cat's health records so your new veterinarian can pick up right where you left off. Your current veterinarian may even be able to recommend someone near your new home.

If your move requires airplane travel with your cat, try to schedule direct flights during non-peak days and hours, VCA Animal Hospitals reports. This will ensure your cat travels for the least amount of time possible, preventing unnecessary stress and promoting its overall wellbeing. Check with the airline to see if they allow cats in the cabin, too. Many airlines allow cats on board as long as they stay in their carriers and do not disturb other passengers.  


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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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.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.