Check With Dr Kitty For Answers About Your Cat's Health

By Cornell University Feline Health Center

Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University's Feline Health Center is "devoted to improving the health and well-being of cats throughout the world." In response to growing interest of cat owners in receiving the latest information on cat health care, the Feline Health Center has established a telephone consultation and diagnostic service. The service was created in memory of Dr. Louis J. Camuti (1894-1981), who was known affectionately to many as "The Cat Doctor."

Consultation Services

The Center's consulting veterinarian will answer your specific questions and render expert advice based on the most current information in feline medicine. You can easily access this service by calling 1-800-KITTY-DR (548-8937) from 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (excluding holidays). A fee of $45 for initial consultations and $30 for follow-up consultations helps the center defray the costs of this service. Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards. Members receive a 20% discount on all consultations.

Diagnostic Services

The consulting veterinarian also serves as a liaison with the college's Diagnostic Laboratory. The development of new diagnostic tests sets a new standard in feline medicine. Accurate diagnosis of diseases enables veterinarians to prescribe the most effective treatment for feline ailments.

Pet Loss Support Hot-line

The Cornell Pet Loss support hotline is staffed by volunteer veterinary students who have been trained by a professional grief counselor. Oftentimes the student counselors have experienced the loss of a pet and have lived through the related feelings of sadness and anguish. These counselors provide understanding; support and compassion that is intended to help people recover from the loss or death of a beloved feline companion as well as help prepare the students for the emotional side of veterinary practice.

You may call the hot-line at 607-253-3932, between 6:00 and 9:00 E.S.T., Tuesday through Thursday.




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