VCA Palmer Animal Hospital

Cat Life Stages - Adult (1-6 years old)

Adult Tips

Your cat’s gums are good indicators of overall health. Pale gums may imply anemia, bluish gums suggest a cardiac or respiratory problem and yellow gums could indicate liver disease.

If you live in a warmer climate (with ever-present mosquitos) your cat may require heartworm medication all-year long.

If you have an indoor cat, it’s important that you help her exercise. Leave toys around for her to play with, purchase a “kitty condo” to climb and play together whenever possible.

Adult Best Care Checkup

Right now, your cat should be running, jumping, cuddling, eating well and enjoying life. The Adult Best Care program for cats includes an overall health exam, diagnostic testing, dental cleaning (3+) and more. Cat health care is important. Keep your cat healthy with regular visits to the vet.

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 413-283-9782 to make an appointment today.

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Cat Alley

If your furry pal is anywhere from 1-6 years old, this is the spot to find tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on taking care of a cat.

Basic Care
Annual exams are a must for a healthy adult cat. If you’re interested in what you can do at home to keep your cat healthy, check out these links.

In addition to nutritious food, a 10-pound cat needs ¼ liter of water daily. Want to learn more about your cat’s nutritional needs? Read more here.

Would you know what to do if your cat had a medical emergency? Be prepared. These links will give you tons of advice on the right way to deal with the unexpected.

If you think training a cat is a waste of time, think again. There are a lot of methods that can help change your cat’s behavior. Take a look at these links to find out how.

Adult Cat to Senior Cat

As your adult cat matures into a senior cat, he may choose to spend long stretches in the sun instead of chasing critters out in the yard. And that’s completely normal. Though your senior cat may need more frequent vet visits, chances are, with proper care, he can enjoy many more happy and healthy years. Learn about the “Senior Cat” Lifestage »


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. If it is after hours, please call

                        VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital 413-783-1203

                            24 hour Emergency and Specialty Hospital

                                 1235 Boston Road Springfield, Ma.