We offer a wide range of medical services to meet the healthcare needs of your cat—whether he or she is healthy and needs only wellness care and preventive medicine, or whether he or she is ill and requires diagnostics, hospitalization, or surgery. We also offer limited nonmedical services such as boarding.

WELL CARE and PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Examination and Doctor Consultation. The foundation of any cat’s visit, well or sick, to The Cat Clinic is a physical examination. (And because cats are highly skilled at hiding signs of illness and because they age much faster than human beings, we recommend six-month wellness visits for all cats.) We start by taking a thorough history. The doctor will then perform a head-to-tail examination: she’ll closely observe your cat, palpate the abdomen, listen to heart and lungs, and check eyes, ears, and teeth (if your cat will allow it!), as well as anal glands. Based on her observations of your cat’s health, she’ll make recommendations tailored to your cat’s specific needs. We’ll prepare a health “report card” detailing all of the doctor’s findings and recommendations, and we’ll answer any questions you might have about your cat’s health or recommended treatment. If you’re a new client or have a new kitten, we’ll provide you with a new-client/new-kitten packet.

Parasite Control. In addition to regular deworming, we stock Frontline (for ticks and fleas), Advantage (for fleas only), Advantage Multi (heartworms, fleas, ear mites),  Heartgard (heartworms, hookworms), and Interceptor (heartworms, hookworms, roundworms). Controlling parasites in your cat benefits both your cat and you because some feline parasites have zoonotic potential (they can infect you too). (In May 2009, Dr. Miller was interviewed on local TV about the dangers of over-the-counter flea-and-tick products.)

Vaccinations. Annual vaccinations are important for keeping your cat healthy. We use nonadjuvanted Merial Purevax vaccines, which were developed to address the problem of feline vaccine-site reactions. These state-of-the-art vaccines do cost more, but they greatly reduce the risk that your cat will suffer an adverse reaction or develop a vaccine-site cancer. For more information about the vaccines your cat might need, please go here.

    1. Behavioral Counseling. We can provide advice on a wide range of feline behavioral problems, including intra-cat aggression, inappropriate scratching, spraying or house soiling. We can also offer guidance on introducing a new cat to your home, traveling with your cat, and many other issues.

    2. Dietary Counseling. We will provide guidance on your cat’s nutritional needs and identify an appropriate diet based on your cat’s overall health, life stage, activity level, and environment. We stock a range of prescription diets from Royal Canin and Hills, as well as the Innova EVO and California Natural maintenance diets.

    3. DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE

  1. Electrocardiography. We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.

Laboratory. With our in-house laboratory facilities, we can provide serum chemistry, hematology (including blood gasses and clotting factors), serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing while you wait. For more specialized diagnostics, we work with a national veterinary laboratory and with board certified veterinary pathologists at the OU Health Sciences Center.

Radiology. Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders.

    1. Referrals. Many patients come to us on a referral or second-opinion basis. We are happy to accept referrals for a wide ranging of challenging medical cases.

  1. Ultrasound. We are pleased to offer in-house ultrasound. For second opinions and complicated ultrasounds, we call on a network of board-certified veterinarians affiliated with the specialty practices and veterinary teaching hospitals in the Oklahoma/Texas region.

SURGERY and DENTISTRY

    1. Anesthesia. We use only the safest available gas anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. ECG, blood pressure, respiration, and pulse oximetry monitoring are backed up by a trained veterinary assistant who monitors your cat during anesthesia and during the postsurgical recovery period.

  1. Dentistry. Our dental services are performed with the same high-quality dental equipment (high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, etc.) found in most human dentist offices. Services include teeth cleaning and polishing, extractions, and oral surgery.

    1. Surgery. Our state-of-the-art surgical suite was designed with the feline patient in mind and includes features such as a heated surgery table (cats can lose body heat rapidly while under anesthesia).

    2. THERAPEUTIC MEDICINE

  2. Diabetic Care. We have extensive experience diagnosing and managing the ongoing treatment of diabetic cats.

Emergency Care. We offer after-hours emergency care as a service to our established clients. Please see our emergency page or call 405-307-8606 for more information.

Hospital. Our hospital is modern and well-equipped to help us nurse your cat during a major illness or while recovering from surgery. We have state-of-the-art IV pumps to precisely deliver the amount of fluids your cat needs, heated kennels for cats having trouble regulating their body temperature, an ICU for critical cases needing oxygen, and an isolation ward for cats with highly communicable diseases. Hospitalized cats are closely watched throughout the day, and treatments are given as necessary. In rare cases where a patient requires continuous overnight or weekend monitoring, we might recommend transferring your cat to a local emergency hospital.

Pharmacy. We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, and heartworm preventatives to meet your cat’s needs. We also carry Hill’s and Royal Canin prescription diets.

    1. BOARDING and GROOMING

    2. Boarding. We provide boarding services for short- and long-term stays. We can accommodate cats who need daily medication or special diets. Our “cat condos” feature a laminate surface that is warmer and more comfortable than stainless steel. Each unit has at least one shelf, plus a recessed area for the cat’s litter pan. We provide each guest with premium cat food, bottled water, cat toys, and a fleece bed for that extra touch of pampering. Our boarding area is in the center of the clinic, so guests receive lots of attention from our staff. For more information about our boarding policies, please go here.

    3. Grooming. We offer therapeutic bathing services (including lyme-sulphur dips for ringworm) and limited grooming services (to remove severe matting or for lion cuts) under anesthesia. We can trim your cats claws during a regularly scheduled appointment or procedure, and we carry SoftPaws nail covers, which are an effective and highly recommended alternative to declawing.

© 2009 by The Cat Clinic of Norman, P.C.