Common Cat Questions

Answers to some common cat questions:

How can I prevent problems, and possible subsequent costly treatments later on?

Answers to common questions Bring your cat to our Virginia Beach Animal Hospital every six months for a comprehensive examination. As everyone knows, pets age faster than humans. An examination every six months is the equivalent of a human going to the doctor every 3-4 years. As you can imagine, there are a great deal of changes that can occur during this time. Prevention and early detection are imperative for your cat's well-being.

What is being examined at these office visits?

Every six months a comprehensive examination by our veterinarian of your cat evaluates the coat and skin, eyes, ears, nose and throat, mouth, teeth and gums, legs and paws, heart, abdomen, lungs, gastrointestinal system, urogenital system, and neuro-muscular system. Parasite prevention is discussed, both external parasites such as fleas and ticks and internal parasites such as worms and Giardia, and recommendations are made for treatment and control of these parasites. Of course, vaccinations are administered at our animal hospital in keeping with the American Veterinary Association recommendations, based on your cat's individual lifestyle and in keeping with all local government requirements.

What can I do at home to keep my cat healthy?

*Provide a high-quality diet appropriate for your cat's age, weight, lifestyle and medical conditions. Your veterinarian is the source for these food recommendations. Birdneck Animal Hospital carries only the highest quality foods and is happy to keep available in stock the recommended food for your cat upon request.

*Also, keep your cat's litter box clean. Have one more litter box than the number of cat's in the house.

*Provide environmental stimulation with toys and climbing areas.

*Apply the recommended monthly flea, heartworm, and intestinal parasite control medication.

*Monitor changes in behavior, eating and drinking activity. (see "sign of illness in cats")

Can I trim my cat's nails at home?

Yes, you can! It takes a little practice, but with the proper tools and instruction it can be done at home. Below is a short video on the proper procedure for trimming your cat's nails at home. Of course, Birdneck Animal Hospital is always happy to do the nail trim for you. Just call us and set up an appointment for the veterinary assistant to trim your cat's nails.

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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 355-5694


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  • "Words can not begin to express our gratitude for the care you had given Hunter over the years. When his time came, he watched for you to come through the door and his tail showed his affection towards you. That was most comforting having you there. Thank you.""
  • ""Thank you so much for taking care of Maggie over the years. Y'all are the best and Dr. Johnson, you are the best vet in the world! God bless you all.""
    ~ J.D.
  • ""Your care for my beloved Mattie these last 10n years made her life, and mine much better….God bless each of you for all you did for us and I'm sure for all your other two and four legged patients.""
  • ""Thank you for saving my life." ~T.C."
  • ""I can not express how grateful I am for you and your staff… I appreciate everything you did in Beckham's treatment. He was so lucky to have such a wonderful doctor on his side. Thank you for all you do for the benefit of all our beloved pets.""
  • ""Dr. Johnson - There are no words that can truly capture your kindness.""
  • ""Thank you for the great care you took of Taco and the rest of our family. He is doing great now! He is enjoying running and playing with all four legs again.""
  • ""People who avail themselves of your services at the clinic certainly are blessed to have such a caring staff....bless you and your devoted staff.""
  • ""A sincere thank you for taking such good care of Dulce. We are so thrilled that she is back to her normal self. You gave her the support and care she needed in her darkest hours and kept us confident in her recovery.""
  • ""Just to say how much we appreciate all of you. You all are wonderful people. We feel blessed to have our beloved furry children in your care when they need it. Your professional knowledge and your acts of kindness have a beautiful act all it's own. You are a great vet, compassionate and everything good all in one. You are in our daily prayers.""
  • ""Thank you and all of your staff for the excellent care you gave to my wonderful Abbey, who was so much a part of the family. Thank you for all the advice and support you gave to me these last few months. I don't know how I would have gotten through this without your constant support. I will, and I have highly recommended you to family and friends, as I feel you are the best!""
  • ""Thank you for taking care of my kitty, Slingshot. He is feeling better and better. My Paw-Paw said that you took extra special care of him and I really appreciate it. So, thank you again for taking care of my cat.""
    ~T.B. (age 6)
  • ""Dr. Johnson, I don't know why you decided to move here from your home in New Jersey, but I absolutely believe it was so you could help me and Mickey. I know coming to someone's home is not what a typical veterinarian would do, but you are obviously an extraordinary man in a world filled with ordinary men….On top of that, your sensitive and wonderful handwritten note arrived and touched my heart…You are one of those quiet, unheralded champions who make life easier for everyone you touch.""
  • ""Thank you so much for taking care of Lola when she had her reaction, and your office was already closed. I know you took time away from yourself and your family and I really appreciate it.""
  • ""Thank you for giving me more time with my best friend. We are all so grateful.""
  • ""Thank you for all of your support for Maxine during her illness. All was very much appreciated and will always be remembered. I have related to all my friends of what a great doctor and staff at Birdneck Animal Hospital.""
  • ""Thank you for taking such good care of me over the last 4 years. I am doing well and both legs and feet feel great. You sis an awesome job on me Dr. Johnson, and I'm gonna have a great year this year and I hope to see you only for my check up. You guys are the best!""
  • "We can't thank you enough for the wonderful and loving care you gave to"Budkus" while he was in your care. He was so little and so sick and we were so scared for him. Each and every one of the staff members made us feel like we had the only dog in the world. Like nothing else mattered except getting "Budkus" well again. Our deepest gratitude to all of you for the excellent care and attention we received, for your encouragement, comfort, and understanding, and most importantly for saving his life! Thank you so much.""
    ~ J.,B.,C.