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Thank you for continuing to be patient with us as we navigate these strange and challenging times. We have now reopened our waiting room to clients who want to come in for appointments or pick up food or medication. Our waiting room limit is six people, and masks are still required regardless of vaccination status. Our exam rooms are not yet open for in-person appointments due to their extremely small size and recent reports of the rapid spread of COVID 19 variants.

If you would like to come into the clinic, we will have a veterinary assistant meet you in the waiting room to take a history. You then have the option of hanging out in the waiting room or running an errand during the time of your cat’s exam. If you decide to stay in the waiting room, the doctor can speak with you in person after the exam. If you prefer to run an errand, the doctor will give you a call after the completion of the exam.

Curbside service is still available if you would like to limit contact. If you prefer curbside service, please stay in your car and call or text us when you arrive in the parking area on the day of your visit. We will have a veterinary assistant complete the history over the phone. We will then meet you in front of the clinic to get your pet and its carrier. We ask that you stay nearby and keep your phone readily accessible for curbside appointments. Most appointments are 45 minutes long.

If your cat is here for a drop-off visit, you can return home until the doctor contacts you to discuss their exam findings and projected pick-up time.

For all interactions with our staff, masks are still required regardless of vaccination status.

Mercer Island, WA

Cat Wellness & Vaccinations

Learn more about our cat wellness services below.

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Cat Wellness & Vaccinations

The most important part of being an animal caregiver is making sure that special little guy or gal stays as healthy and happy for as many years as possible. The best way to achieve this goal is by making a commitment to wellness care. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive wellness care for all stages of life. We can help give your loved one the best chance at a long, happy, and healthy life.

What is “wellness care”?

Wellness care is really just a fancy phrase for annual checkups. During a wellness visit, the doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam, checking to make sure your cat’s body is functioning just as it should be. We’ll also discuss with you a number of topics that are vital to keeping your loved one happy and healthy, such as vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition and weight management, behavior, and more.

The information we gather during your pet’s exams helps us to develop a baseline of what’s considered to be “normal” for them. Every cat is different, so it’s important that we are able to understand what “healthy” for your pet looks like. This gives us something to compare future exams and diagnostic tests to moving forward. That way, if and when something changes, it will be easy to spot so it can be addressed right away before it has a chance to develop into something more serious and costly.

Kitten Care

It’s a time of great change in your life, and we understand that you want to give your pet the best care possible. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital understands that we must work as a team to keep your pet healthy and happy. We’re looking forward to seeing you and getting to know you and your new kitten better.

Kittens require the same kind of attention as newborns. This necessitates frequent vet visits for the first few months of life. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital is here to assist you in providing your kitten with the care and support they require to thrive.

We will focus on vaccinations, parasite prevention, microchipping, spaying/neutering, and nutritional needs.

Vaccines

Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats may be exposed to. Your veterinarian will set up a vaccination program for your cat to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster vaccines to ensure they are well protected against diseases.

Following a proper vaccination schedule will help to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your new friend healthy. Additionally, we recommend that all cats be placed on a monthly parasite preventative and be tested regularly for parasites.

Flea & Parasite Prevention

You may not always be able to tell if your cat has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and if your pet grooms regularly the fleas may be ingested without you knowing it. Ingesting fleas can lead to a parasitic infection. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and other problems, but some infected pets don’t show any signs at all. Regular flea prevention can help prevent a flea infestation and decrease your cat’s risk of getting parasites.

Mircochipping

Microchips are tiny electronic devices, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio waves to transmit identification information. Pet microchips store unique identification numbers that show once the chip is scanned. This number can be reported to the appropriate microchip company where the owners’ contact information is stored. Microchips are made of a material that is compatible with body tissues, so rejection and infection at the site of microchip injection are rare.

Senior Cat Care
Senior cats have special needs as they age. The best way to help protect your pet as he or she ages is to understand the aging process in cats. We understand that process and can help you help your pet. Even if your senior cat is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your pet’s health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.
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