Angie Hibbert examining a cat

Feline Centre

Langford Vets' Feline Centre is renowned for being a centre of excellence for cats.  From developing genetic screening for breeders to help eliminate inherited diseases, through to first vaccinations for kittens at our cat friendly First Opinion Practice, or referral to our Feline Hospital and dedicated Intensive Care Unit, we provide care for all aspects of a cat’s life. We have two RCVS Recognised Specialists in Feline Medicine working alongside our teams of European and American Specialists making our Feline Centre the hub of feline excellence in the UK. We have been awarded the Cat Friendly Clinic Gold Standard Award by International Cat Care in recognition of our dedicated feline only facilities that ensure a stress free environment for your cats.

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My cat's been referred - what now?

If your cat has been referred to the Feline Centre, you may have some questions. We hope you find the sections below helpful. You can also find more general information on our General info for Owners page.

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What happens when I arrive?

When you and your cat arrive at the Small Animal Hospital our reception team will register you, before showing you to our cat-only waiting room. This is upstairs in the hospital; it is a calm and pleasant environment, which is easy to find by following the cat paw prints.

Feline Only Waiting Room
There are comfortable sofas and chairs and cat friendly features such as ledges, firm chairs and tables for you to put your cat basket onto. It is not possible for cats in the waiting area to visualise or hear barking from dogs in the canine waiting area below.

Consultation

You will be met by one of our residents and shown to one of our feline only consulting rooms.

The corridors and rooms contain framed photographs of a selection of our patients, some of which have been taken by our Feline Nursing Assistant Teresa, who has a passion for photography. She will often take photos of the cats during their stay and show them to you when they come to collect your cat.

All of the feline consulting rooms, procedures room and feline ward contain Feliway plug-in diffusers. We feel that this helps to calm nervous cats, however we emphasise to our staff and students that these are in no way a replacement for ensuring a cat friendly environment, and that using cat friendly handling techniques and equipment is essential.

 

What happens during the consultation?

You will be asked a series of questions to help us find out all about your cat. This gives us information not only about your cat’s presenting problem and illness, but also about any food, litter and bedding preferences so that we can accommodate their needs fully whilst they are hospitalised. 

This is particularly important for the patients that are hospitalised for longer periods of time, and preferred diets can be ordered in specially if required.

Asking all of these questions can take some time, so do give yourself at least an hour to spend with us. Your clinician will discuss what they believe would be the best treatment for your pet, please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish. 

After this your cat will be admitted either to our day ward, or our intensive care ward depending on the level of care they need. You are welcome to visit the hospitalisation facilities within the Feline Centre during your visit if this would help reassure you that your cat will receive the best of care. See 'Where will my cat stay?'

 

Where will my cat stay?

From the consulting room, cats that are in a stable condition are admitted to our cat ward. Due to its upstairs location, the ward is a peaceful place away from any sight, smell and sound of dogs as well as being completely away from thoroughfare.
Teresa settling in a new patientAn in-patient relaxing

Feline Ward

Patients that are being hospitalised for more than a day get priority for the largest cages. The cages are in a single line, meaning timid cats can't be intimidated by more aggressive cats staring at them. They are made of fibre glass to provide extra warmth, allow noise reduction and ensure that a cat is not startled by its own reflection. We provide a range of blankets, towels and fleeces for cats that are not fond of vet bedding.

Each cat’s personality is assessed and they are given another bed for security. This is usually something that they can hide in such as an igloo, hidey sack, cardboard box, or, for the more relaxed cats, a doughnut bed.

We have a range of cat litters available to match the cat’s personal preference. To prevent any risk of cross contamination, and for cats that will only use a litter tray once, our policy is to dispose of all of the litter and provide a completely fresh tray each time a cat eliminates.

Fresh water is available to every cat at all times and the cats are given fresh food every four hours throughout the day, unless medical indications exist for more frequent or reduced feeding. For cats requiring intravenous fluid therapy, accurate delivery of fluid is vital. We therefore have fluid pumps and syringe drivers available to precisely infuse even the smallest of our feline patients.

 

What if my cat is very sick?

Suzanne is a Senior Medicine Nurse who helps to run our Feline CentreLong stay ward

Feline Intensive Care Unit

If your cat was very ill, they would go straight from the consult room to our feline only intensive care unit.

Here our 24-7 emergency and critical care team would ensure your pet would be closely monitored and supported round the clock.

If your cat had a life threatening infectious disease, we are able to keep them in our Isolation facility, to ensure it did not spread to other cats. This in a separate location and strict barrier nursing is enforced meaning anyone entering the unit must change their footwear and wear a full length gown and gloves to ensure they do not risk spreading any infection present.

Long Stay Wards

Cats that are hospitalised for longer periods, or that are particularly stressed by the presence of other cats in the cat ward can be hospitalised in the long stay feline ward. The long stay ward consists of large walk-in pens with solid doors and walls providing maximal privacy for each patient. Each pen has several shelves for cats to jump on to and a ramp for the not so agile!

There is also a window on the very top ledge for cats to look out of and sunbathe!

 

Who will look after my cat?

Sev Tasker, Feline SpecialistAlice and Teresa

Clinicians

At your initial consultation you may meet one of our two RCVS recognised Feline Specialists (of only 14 in the whole of the UK) who will be managing the treatment of your cat.

Alternatively you may meet one of our residents. A resident is a fully qualified Veterinary Surgeon who has already completed an internship programme with us or another hospital. They are now in the final stages of their training to be a specialist. While they may be the person you have face to face contact with, our specialists will be supervising, and have overall say in the care of your cat.

Nursing Team

While your cat stays with us, they will be cared for by our dedicated feline nursing team. We have dedicated feline nurses and a full time Feline Nursing Assistant.

Because our nurses deal only with cats, they are very skilled at handling them as gently as possible. We commonly see 'fractious' cats that may have previously required sedation to be handled, relaxing under their gentle care to allow handling with a minimum of restraint.

 

 

My cat has an overactive thyroid - what happens now?

The Feline Centre is one of only a handful of clinics in the UK that are able to treat hyperthyroid cats with radioactive iodine. If you vet has suggested this may be the best treatment option for your cat, you will find all of the information you need on our Radioactive Iodine service page

 

 

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