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Tips for making your new cat feel at home

Published: Jul 18, 2012

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Adopting an adult cat is an exciting time for all members of the family, and it's imperative that owners make the transition from shelter to home smooth and comfortable for the new feline. Veterinary care like cat vaccinations and spaying a cat are usually taken care of by the shelter or rescue league, so your first few days with your new feline companion are all about bonding.

The first way to make a good impression on your new cat is to make the ride home stress-free. Bring a cat carrier with an item of your clothing in it, recommends. This way, he will get used to your scent on the way home. Once home, leave the carrier out in case the cat wants to crawl back inside for security.

You should also "quarantine" your new cat when you first bring him home. Set up one room that will have food, water and litter for the cat, as well as plenty of toys and other items for mental stimulation. Keep your cat in this room for the first few days so it can get acquainted with its new surroundings, the Humane Society of the United States recommends. Over a few days, slowly introduce the cat to other sections of your home, including other pets and family members. The original room will serve as a retreat the cat can go to when he feels scared or overwhelmed.


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.