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Comforting Cat Care at The Cat Doctor in Nashua

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Comforting quality healthcare for cats is difficult to come by in a traditional veterinary practice. That's where The Cat Doctor is Nashua makes a difference in at least one of a cat's life.

Treating only feline patients, The Cat Doctor understands the unique needs of its fussy clientele. "Cats can be extremely fearful when out of their home environment," explains Head Veterinarian Dr. Bob Carlson, who has been practicing for nearly 30 years. Veterinarians and other staff here know that unusual noises, smells and sights can easily stress cats to the limit. So, they keep the clinic as quiet and relaxing as possible. Dr. Carlson continues, "Our facilities and equipment provide an environment that is comforting to cats and, therefore, allows us to be more thorough during our healthcare visits."

An offshoot of the older Bedford, Mass. clinic, the eighth feline-only practice in the U.S. when it opened 28 years ago, The Cat Doctor in Nashua offers many healthcare benefits for all breeds and ages from energetic kittens to slower senior cats since 2006. Medical, surgical and dental services are all provided in the clinic, including in-house laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound procedures.

Consultations are extensive at 30 minutes and may deal with counseling for preventative medicine and behavioral issues to diet and specific indoor-cat requirements. This longer-than-most consultations are necessary to really understand each cat's healthcare specifications. "We stress the need for annual physical exams for felines and bi-annual exams for our senior patients," describes Dr. Carlson.

"Since we limit our practice to felines, we are able to refine our knowledge base and continuing education for the latest information on feline care, Dr. Carlson notes. Veterinarians attend various nationwide educational trainings, seminars and conferences to stay current on the best cat services, procedures and treatments to keep your cat healthy for the long run.

Some fun and interesting information is found on the clinic's website blog. For instance, did you know that a survey of 541 cat owners found that 15 percent of the owners admitted to taste-tasting cat food and 42 percent considered flavor in their cat's food selection? Taste is not a major factor for felines in real life, as they focus more on texture and aroma.

Half of the owners in the survey did not bother to think about their cat's health each day. If you're regularly bringing your cat to The Cat Doctor, obviously you are not one of them.

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