- Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:57
- Dr. Smith
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At Coastal Cat Clinic, we care exclusively for the pet cats of Jacksonville and surrounding areas. But we don't see Savannahs and other hybrid cats (the Bengal is the only exception). Why? Well, we are a small, lightly staffed clinic dedicated to routine procedures such as vaccines and spays/neuters, dentistries, and taking care of our patients when they develop common illnesses. Our facilities are small and our hospital cages are cat-sized. Many of the hybrid cats are quite large (and just wouldn't fit comfortably in a hospital cage if needed), and their behavior is often unpredictable, especially in stressful situations (vet visit), especially with the earlier crosses. Yes, they are beautiful, but many times they just do not demonstrate behaviors that make them safe to work with on a day-to-day basis. Personnel safety is a big issue here. We want to keep you AND your cat AND the staff safe.
We agree wholeheartedly with the American Association of Feline Practicitoners' postition statement on hybrid cats, available to view at this link. If you click on the "Download - 2017 position statement on hybrid cats" link, you will get a very well written and informative document about hybrid cats. I even learned a few things myself! :)
Many people don't realize as well that most of the vaccines that would normally be given to domestic cats are not actually licensed for use in non-domestic cats. That means that in some cases, you can't even legally give a rabies vaccine to a hybrid cat. In some cases, vaccination may be permitted, but if the hybrid were to bite or scratch someone, it would still be treated as an unvaccinated animal and the state or local authorities can demand euthanasia and rabies testing of the animal because no time for rabies shedding periods is known for the hybrid cats.
Again, hybrid cats are beautiful, but they come with a lot of responsibility and unpredictable behaviors that most owners aren't really aware of and most are unprepared to deal with.
- Friday, 10 February 2017 15:09
- Dr. Smith
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Does your cat yowl and pace in the night? Does (s)he constantly pester and nag for food? Does (s)he have a weight issue? These can be signs of health issues indeed, but they can also just be symptoms of a very bored cat. One great way to enrich your cat's environment is through food puzzles. No, they aren't just for dogs! Cat trees, scratching posts, and other things like that are also great things for your cat's happiness and mental health.
This site has everything you probably want to know about food puzzles, from the fancy store-bought variety to simple things you can make at home for free.
- Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:16
- Dr. Smith
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In 2017, we have several planned closings to post in order to help your planning.
April 14 .... Good Friday
May 29 .... Memorial Day
July 4 ...... Independence Day
Sept 4 ..... Labor Day
Nov 22 .... closing at noon for Thanksgiving
Nov 23 .... Thanksgiving
Nov 24 .... Black Friday
Dec 25 .... Christmas
We are sometimes also forced to close or delay opening in times of sleet/snow or severe weather, so if any of those conditions exist, please call ahead to be sure that we are open and available to assist you.
- Friday, 03 February 2017 08:23
- Dr. Smith
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Kitten season is in its conception phase right now (insert obligatory spay/neuter cheer here), so when you may be in a situation of trying to care for orphaned kittens, this web site has excellent information on care and feeding and expected behaviors at each age stage. We highly recommend it for experienced and inexperienced foster kitty parents.
- Friday, 16 December 2016 19:26
- Dr. Smith
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As we do a better and better job caring for our pets' preventive health and nutrition, they are living longer and longer. But even the best owner, the best vet and the healthiest cat or dog will eventually reach an end to their lives. In veterinary medicine, we can choose to not force our fur babies to go through the long, hard and sometimes painful process of dying. But how do you know just when that time to let them go may be? Dr. Villalobos has put together a very nice, downloadable chart that can help an owner decide when it is time to let your pet go. We field this question a lot, so we are re-posting it here for your information and use.
As a reminder, we do NOT do convenience euthanasia. We will help an old, sick, suffering animal on its way as painlessly and humanely as possible, but we don't kill cats because you are moving or are allergic or (s)he has peed on the bed.