Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Weymouth Landing Cat Clinic & Hotel to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 781-337-3247 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your cat happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your cat's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your cat gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Pet Wellness:Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your cat's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their cats living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Cat Exams
Cats are very good at masking their pain. Bringing your cat to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to detect illnesses or diseases, expecially before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger cats, and cognitive issues in older cats.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your cat's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Cat to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour cat can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your cat may become exposed to. We recommend annual exams, so your veterinarian can develop tailored vaccine recommendations for your cat bsed on age, medical history and lifestyle.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.
This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally – even if it's just on an open porch.
This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.
Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your cat.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line and can only be found with x-rays.
Cats are good at masking their pain. Although their teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line. Brush your cat's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Since cats are very good at masking their pain, lab tests are recommended yearly. They offer safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries that a physical exam cannot detect.
A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your cat, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.
Blood Pressure Testing
Senior cats are routinely tested for hypertension, or high blood pressure, annually or biannually with their regular examination. Hypertension may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. However, it can affect a cat at any age and cause blindness and damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.
This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.
Intestinal Parasite Check
Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your cat has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your cat has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.
A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.
Routine testing can add years to your cat's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your cat based on age and lifestyle.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your cat against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your cat based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing your cat to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our cats as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your cat's age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your cat table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, onions and garlic could be dangerous to cats. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic. Check with your veterinarian if your cat has ingested anything questionable.
Growing kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior cat may need a different amount of calories than a healthy adult, along with differing protein and fiber content, depending on body condition as he or she ages. Many older pets may continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your cat.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your cat is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your cat beginning her heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of cats in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your cat, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your cat's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Keep your cat indoors to protect him or her from common hazards such as cars, other animals, and diseases like Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your cat's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, and underlying disease. Although your cat's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight.
Litter Box Training
Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids twice daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Frequent brushing keeps your cat's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Your cat may need professional groomings if he/she has an unmanageable coat or trouble self-grooming.
Entertain your cat's natural instincts by using toys that mimic prey and encourage him or her to jump, run and hunt. Cats also need a vertical space within the home – furniture like a cat tree or a raised perch helps to keep them feeling safe.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
Every cat is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.
Kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.
Adult cats will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.
Senior cats can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.
Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like urine marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your cat.
Cats require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Switching to adult food right after spaying or neutering has been shown to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions. Your senior cat may need a different amount of calories and protein depending on body condition as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your cat.
Keep your adult cat fit by using toys that encourage him or her to run and jump. Be sure to give your cat at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.
Weight management of your senior cat is extremely important to ensure that he or she is at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.
Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.
All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids twice daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Pet Wellness:Cat Scratching - Declawing & Other Options
Why Do Cats Scratch?
All members of the feline family except cheetahs have retractable claws. When a cat is walking around, the claws are retracted and don't catch on anything. This is also partly why cats can be so stealthy.
The claws grow somewhat like human fingernails, but also will shed the outer sheath periodically, leaving a sharper claw beneath.
To aid in removing the sheaths, cats scratch, often by stretching up and pulling downward. This action also helps to stretch out the spine and leaves a scent mark.
Scratching is a natural and necessary behavior for cats.
You cannot teach them never to scratch. However, you can provide an adequate scratching surface and then teach them to scratch only on that surface.
It is very important to provide appropriate scratching opportunities for cats right from kittenhood, so they learn where and where not to scratch.
Scratching Posts, Nail Trimming & Other Options
We recommend trimming nails as frequently as necessary, training cats to use horizontal scratch pads or sturdy scratching posts (you must let them choose which they like better) and if desired, Soft Paws nail cap application.
For more information, visit one of these websites:
- Training Your Kitten To Use Scratching Posts
- ASPCA's Nail Trimming 101
- How To Trim Your Cat's Nails
- Feline Nail Trimming Guide
- Soft Paws
Feline Declaw Surgery
Cat declawing or onychectomy is the removal of the last bone in each toe, usually on just the front paws. Often a last resort, there are a few reasons that owners may consider declawing:
- Medical Conditions — it can be necessary to remove a claw if the claw is damaged beyond repair, causing great discomfort to the cat, or to treat advanced nail infections or cancerous growths.
- Behavioral Issues — When behavior modification methods such as scratching posts, nail clipping, and plastic nail tips fail to prevent cats from being destructive, tearing up furniture, or causing injury to owners and family members.
- Owners with Suppressed Immune Systems — A cat's nails can cause trauma to those with suppressed immune systems, while people on blood thinners can't be exposed to the bacteria on a cat's claws.
Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.
Animal Breed Associations
Humane Societies & Shelters
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- Massachusetts Humane Society
- North Shore Animal League America
- Quincy Animal Shelter
Pet Grief Support
- C.E.T. Dental Chews
- Hill's Pet Nutrition
- HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service
- Purina Veterinary Diets
- Royal Canin
Sara M. Doggett, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Doggett has been practicing feline medicine at Weymouth Landing Cat Clinic & Hotel as our Chief of Staff since March 2011. She grew up in Chehalis, Washington, and currently resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree at Washington State University in 2002 and continued on in the College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM degree in 2005.
Prior to joining our team, Dr. Doggett has practiced in both Lynnfield and Arlington, MA, completed an internship at The Cat Clinic in Brisbane, Australia, and did relief work in the greater Boston area. She enjoys all aspects of feline care, with a special interest in surgery and dentistry. She values developing close personal relationships with her clients and their beloved pets.