- Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:01
- Dr. Smith
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Everywhere you look, there are kittens right now. Black ones, white ones, calico ones.... all as cute as a button. But good luck trying to get them into rescue groups, because everyone else is in the same situation that you are. So how do you raise these babies? There are several good resources out there that will help you with hand raising, telling you what to feed, how often, how much to expect them to grow, etc. One really good one is: Kitten Rescue. Another good one for kittens and feral cats in general is Alley Cat Allies at: Alley Cat Allies.
We have a listing of local rescue groups on our web site here: Local Rescue Groups Please be patient with these folks. They get overwhelmed with kittens every spring and often simply just do not have room to take in more. Sometimes offering to foster the kittens for the group may get you a spot at their Pet Smart openings over weekends and may get you "in" faster.
We do offer TNR services for ferals and strays if you want to help be part of the solution. You can read more about our feral program here: Feral Services/TNR program. You can also call us at (910)938-4515. You will need at least a tentative appointment for us to help you with the ferals. Please do NOT just show up on our doorstep with a wild cat in a cage as we do want to help but don't want to have to disappoint you.
- Friday, 11 March 2016 09:31
- Dr. Smith
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When looking for a veterinarian, why should you choose to take your cat to Coastal Cat Clinic? First of all, we are the only vet clinic in Jacksonville that is feline-exclusive. We ONLY see cats, so we know them better. There are no barking dogs, no dirty smelly waiting rooms.
Second, we have gone through the trouble of becoming an official "Cat Friendly Practice" through the AAFP's (American Association of Feline Practitioners) certification program and achieved a silver status. We can't get gold because we don't have a dental x-ray or ultrasound capability in-house yet. There are now over 1000 CFPs across the USA, and we are proud to have been certified in the first 50. We can refer to the Raleigh or Wilmington areas for those services when needed, however.
Third, because we are a cat-only clinic, we are more sensitive to the special needs of cats. We only use the safest feline vaccines and only recommend the services that we believe are needed for each cat on an individual basis. We use calming phermones, soft towels, baskets, etc. to try to put our feline patients at ease.
Fourth, we keep a tight schedule so that we can stay on schedule and not keep you and your cat waiting any longer than needed, which is why we require appointments. Your time and your cat's time is valuable to us, and cats kept waiting tend to be unhappy cats. We are proud that our patients see very little of our waiting room! Occasionally a very sick patient or an emergency can set us back a little, but fortunately this is a fairly uncommon occurrence.
Lastly, we are a very small, very personal clinic. Your cat will get special attention from familiar faces. We will usually know your name and your cat after a few visits. And we like your cat (even if he/she doesn't like us back sometimes).
- Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:52
- Dr. Smith
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Just an FYI for planning your visits here for the month of November. We will be closed on Wednesday the 11th in observance of Veteran's Day. We will also be closed from noon on Wednesday the 25th until we re-open on Monday the 30th to allow our employees time to travel to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Also, if you are going to be needing boarding spots over the holidays, please call NOW, as we have very limited boarding spaces and they fill up very quickly. To reserve a boarding space over the high-demand holidays, a deposit will be required to hold your cat's spot.
- Monday, 11 January 2016 17:18
- Dr. Smith
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Hope everyone had a happy holiday season. To help your planning and appointment scheduling, here is a list of our planned closings for 2016. Bear in mind that we are a very small staff/clinic and health and weather emergencies may occur from time to time. We will try to keep you updated on any other schedule changes as they occur here and at our Facebook page.
Jan 1 -- New Years Day 2016
Mar 25 -- Good Friday
May 30 -- Memorial Day
July 4 -- Independence Day
Sept 5 -- Labor Day
Nov 11 -- Veterans Day
Nov 23 -- close at noon for Thanksgiving
Nov 24 -- Thanksgiving
Nov 25 -- closed all day
Dec 26 -- Christmas
Jan 2 -- New Years Day 2017
- Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:52
- Dr. Smith
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Did you know that over 75% of cats over the age of 3 have as least some degree of tartar accumulation and gingivitis? What would our mouths look like if we never brushed our teeth or went to see the dentist? During October when we are typically a bit slower, we offer a supplemental dental health month to help relieve some of the demand that usually occurs during the official February dental health month. We offer 10% off the cost of the routine dental services. Extractions, infections, and other non-routine problems are not discounted. If your cat's breath needs freshening, give us a call to schedule an appointment for evaluation. We can advise you on what we think are the best recommendations to keep your cat's mouth healthy.