Soon after Cat Care Hospital opened, my 4 cats were treated there. For many years, I was very happy with the care & attention my cats were given. I appreciated having an all cat clinic as my cats were unfamiliar with other animals. One of my cats was diagnosed with diabetes & was difficult to regulate. The vet helped him overcome complications both times he was hospitalized for at least a week or more. When his diabetes continued to unregulate, the vet referred me to an internist. I appreciate the referral to a specialist if a difficult case could not be solved. Unfortunately, the internist could not help my cat's diabetes regulation.
During our many years with the hospital, the only cat food they pushed was the high priced prescription dry/wet foods. Later on, I learned that most cat prescription foods are of lesser quality than foods you can pick up at the grocery. Prescription foods, and particularly dry foods, have high carbohydrate content which are detrimental to diabetics. In studying feline nutrition, wet food is much better for all cats health, whether diabetic or not. The notion that "dry food cleans cats teeth" is untrue. In fact, dry food has no benefits for the cat other than convenience for the caregiver.
While pursuing my cat's diabetes regulation, he spent an entire day having bi-hourly blood tests to determine insulin dosage adjustments, if needed. My cat did not look well when we arrived. The tech assured me he'd be fine. In addition to monitoring his glucose levels, they would check his urine for ketones. Diabetes must keep ketones in check. If ketones are detected, they can quickly increase & become a matter of life and death for all diabetics, animal or human. This condition is an emergency requiring immediate ER treatment. Unfortunately, the tech told me she'd forgotten & said he'd feel better when he got home. A few hours later, my cat was extremely sick & was rushed to the ER clinic. His ketones level was off the chart & chances of his survival was in the balance. By the vet or staff not testing for ketones when my cat looked sick (a major symptom), I feel they could have saved him from a potentially deadly condition. The tech may have overlooked the test but ultimately, the responsibility lie on the vet's shoulders. At the ER, my cat was not expected to survive the night. After 5 days in critical condition at an ER hospital, not knowing if he would live or pass, he slowly began to recover. Upon his recovery, I immediately switched to a veterinary clinic who's vets were experienced & up-to-date on treating feline diabetes.
I feel the new vets saved my cat's life which had been compromised by Cat Care's vet.
The vet at Cat Care did not approve of my testing my cat's urine for ketones or testing his glucose to insure giving insulin was safe. I believe she wanted to control all the tests & make the extra money. Pet owners know that when their cats go to the vet, the cat's stress levels increase, therefore, making any tests inaccurate. Fortunately, my current vets encouraged me to be more proactive in all of my cats' health. The vets do not push their prescription food but work with you to find the best foods to keep your cat healthy & live a long life. My vets encouraged me to test glucose & ketones at home where the results are more accurate without undue stress at the vet's clinic.
Regretfully, my experience with Cat Care Hospital forced me to search for other vets who continue their feline education & have indepth experience in treating all types of feline conditions/diseases. Unfortunately, my referrals to Cat Care Hospital have long ago stopped.
I wish Cat Care Hospital the best.