All surgery consultations are by appointment for your convenience. We offer a range of times from 8.30am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday. For routine visits, such as vaccinations, it's advisable to contact us a few days in advance of your preferred attendance date. We aim to provide an appointment as soon as possible for a sick cat.
Elective surgery (e.g. neutering or dentistry) is performed on a
day patient basis, Monday to Friday. Patients are admitted in the
early morning (from 8.30am) and are discharged later the same day. This provides ample time for your cat to wake up from the anaesthetic and ensures you encounter as few problems as possible when your cat goes home. Any patients who require intensive care or close observation can be kept in overnight. Emergency procedures obviously take place as soon
as possible after admission.
Cat Friendly Spaying Technique
The standard spaying (neutering) technique for female cats involves external skin stitches and an Elizabethan collar. At The Cat Clinic, we have developed a technique whereby we use absorbable stitches beneath the skin so your cat does not need an Elizabethan collar. We believe this leads to a happier cat and a more straightforward recovery from the surgery.
Cats are living longer and longer but one of the consequences is that we are seeing an increasing number of age-related health issues. We offer our Senior Kitizens Health Clinic which aims to identify health issues at an early stage, allowing us to offer supportive or preventive treatment. Our Feline Fit Club helps you maintain your cat's weight and, as a result, his or her general wellbeing. Our Cardiology Clinic provides on-site access to a heart specialist and specialist facilities.
Find out about our clinic facilities and how they help us care for your cats.
Cat About Town & Home visits
The Cat Clinic can now offer routine home visits at a special rate through our Cat About Town Service on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Outwith these times, more urgent house calls can be accommodated if necessary. These are typically
time-consuming and leave the surgery with reduced levels of staff so are more expensive than consultations at the clinic. If you request a house call, it's advisable to confine your cat to one room with limited hiding spaces. Some form of examination surface (table/kitchen work top) and good lighting is required.
Please be aware it can be more difficult to carry out a thorough examination in the home so we would strongly encourage more unwell pets to attend the clinic. House calls have to be scheduled Wednesday to Friday (or Monday to Friday when Cat About Town Service not available), in the middle of the day between appointments, and should be booked several days in advance where at all possible.
If your cat has an urgent or life-threatening problem it's much better to bring him or her to the Clinic as quickly as possible (always telephone first). The veterinary surgeon cannot provide all the necessary emergency equipment on a home visit and valuable time may be lost.
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Under the Pet Passport travel scheme, pets which have fulfilled a set of regulations are allowed to travel freely between Great Britain and certain countries without the need for 6 months' quarantine in the UK. Our veterinary surgeons are registered as Official Veterinarians (OV) with DEFRA and are authorised to complete the paperwork for this scheme. Up to date information is available from the Ministry website.
Payment of fees
There is no equivalent of the National Health Service for animals. Our fees have to cover all running costs including support staff salaries, building rent and rates, maintenance and
repair, medical and surgical equipment purchase, insurance, fuel and telephone bills. At the Clinic, we request payment at the end of each consultation or procedure. We are happy to provide estimates where necessary. To help prevent financial worries, we strongly recommend pet health insurance.
Cat's motto: "No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it." - Unknown