First cat-only hos­pi­tal in Perth to open later this year

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PERTH’S first cat hos­pi­tal will open later this year amid grow­ing an­tic­i­pa­tion from cat lovers and cat wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Shen­ton Park Cat Haven chief ex­ec­u­tive Roz Robin­son said the hos­pi­tal would fill a need for a cat-only vet in Perth.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have a catonly clinic; I’m glad to see some­one is do­ing it,” Ms Robin­son said.

“Down the track we hope we can work with them.

“It’s some­thing that is needed be­cause peo­ple tend to know more about dogs than cats and so cat health can be ne­glected at times.”

The Town of Cam­bridge ap­proved the change of use from con­sult­ing rooms to ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal for the hos­pi­tal site in West Leed­erville ear­lier this year.

Hos­pi­tal owner and vet Mar­tine van Boei­jen said Perth was lag­ging be­hind other Aus­tralian cities that al­ready had one or more cat-only hos­pi­tals.

Dr van Boei­jen is a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Col­lege of Ve­teri­nary Sci­en­tists in Fe­line Medicine and direc­tor of the Aus­tralasian So­ci­ety of Fe­line Medicine.

“It’s well-known that cats get stressed go­ing to the vet if they smell dogs or hear bark­ing,” Dr van Boei­jen said. “The vets at the hos­pi­tal won’t be try­ing to look at all an­i­mals; they will just be fo­cused on cats and can pro­vide a higher un­der­stand­ing.

“Treat­ing cats is like solv­ing a puz­zle: they don’t tell you what is wrong with them in the same way that dogs do.”

Within its first week, the Perth Cat Hos­pi­tal Face­book page had re­ceived 1000 likes.

Dr van Boei­jen said the cen­tral lo­ca­tion of West Leed­erville would en­sure the hos­pi­tal could pro­vide ser­vices to most of Perth.

“Cats as a whole suf­fer from lower health care be­cause it can be more dif­fi­cult for their own­ers to take them to the vet,” she said.

“But re­spon­si­ble cat own­er­ship is in­creas­ing.

“The hos­pi­tal will fill a des­per­ate need.”

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Dr Mar­tine van Boei­jen with her cats Ed­die (be­ing held) and Rol­lie.

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