By Anne Gonzales
Correspondent, Sacramento Bee
Cats know they're in a class of their own.
A cadre of cats-only veterinarians and their owners think so, too. They say the furry, purring species is so different from dogs that cats need their own doctors focused on their special needs.
Cats are rising in popularity as household pets and now outnumber dogs in the United States, said veterinarian Irene Fujishima. She said veterinarians are increasingly offering feline-only offices, because cats have different physiologies and personalities than dogs. A cat-only practice is also calming to the pets and the humans around them.
"Cats get stressed out around dogs," Fujishima said. "Some owners put off taking their cat to the vet because of a bad experience. There are no barking dogs here, and we try to make it as pleasant as possible for the cats and their owners."
Fujishima works at one of the nation's first and oldest cat hospitals, the Sacramento Cat Hospital in Carmichael, founded in 1974. In addition to the more routine services offered by small-animal clinics, the cat hospital gives help with more complex feline cases, including behavioral consultations, pain management, surgery, nutritional counseling, and geriatric and hospice care.
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