We regret to announce that we will be closed for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your understanding.
Cats are unique animals with health needs and social structures different from dogs. They are masters at hiding illness because it's a poor survival strategy to announce to the world that they are sick and, therefore, vulnerable. Consequently, we humans often don't spot signs of illness until a disease has progressed considerably.
We recommend bringing your cat to the vet at least once a year, twice a year for senior cats. We can look for early signs of illness and provide treatment and increased quality and even quantity of life through early detection of diseases.
We understand that people often resist bringing their cats to the vet's office because they don't think of cats as natural travelers. And who would enjoy traveling when the only time they go somewhere they get thrown in a box, held hostage in a loud moving thing, then pulled forcibly out the box and held down while being poked and prodded?
At Oak Bay Animal Hospital we empathize with how scary it can be for the average cat and how difficult it is for the average person owned by a cat. Our licensed technicians have taken additional training for handling frightened, anxious cats. They have brought their training back to the hospital and have trained the entire staff on feline body language, calming signals, compassionate restraining techniques, basic feline manners, and feline housing guidelines.
Our goal is to remove any drama from your office visit while providing a thorough exam. Over time, these outings can become easier while kitty learns that going to the doctors isn't all that bad.
To help your cat's staff (that would be you),
we recommend the following links for the cat in your life:
Getting Your Cat to the Vet
Healthy Cats for Life
Tips on Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian
How to Bring Your Cat to the Vet
International Cat Care - How to make your home cat friendly and other tips.
Kitty Kollar - Neck collars for feeding tubes.
Have You Seen Your Cat Lately - Subtle signs of illness
Partners in Animal Health - How to videos on pilling your cat, etc.
Feline Chronic Kidney Disease - Nursing your cat with Chronic Kidney disease
The Indoor Pet Initiative - Lifestlye improvements with your cat in mind
CATalyst Council - videos on cat care
Feliway- Furnishing your feline spaces