FAIRFIELD -- With the opening of Aristokatz Veterinary Care for Cats in Fairfield, cat lovers and their pets will have a place to go free of dogs that can spook the cats on vet visits.
"Everything has been designed to treat cats and their owners like royalty," Dr. Geri Katz, owner and veterinarian of Aristokatz, said.
After many clients to whom Katz provided service through house calls asked her to open her own clinic, she felt it was the right thing to do.
It only took a year for Katz to get the idea moving and to open a clinic this April that catered solely to the needs of felines.
Katz said that many clients complain about going to general veterinarians where dogs are in the waiting room. "When owners and their cats come to the vet and they are in the waiting room with dogs sniffing the cage, it provokes more anxiety," Katz said. "I think people like the whole feeling of someone specializing in just their animal."
At Aristokatz, Katz provides a full-service hospital including annual preventive check-ups, vaccines if necessary, dental work with state-of-the-art dental equipment, X-rays and many other services that cats might need.
If there is something she cannot do, Katz will either bring in or recommend a specialist.
Given her expertise gained from 16 years in the veterinary business, Katz said she believes in annual check-ups and urges clients to bring their cats in regularly.
"People won't bring their cats in since they think the cats are fine," Katz said. "Cats are very self-sufficient, very quiet, and they don't show pain until late."
Clients such as Beth Carter, of Fairfield, are excited about a clinic that is solely for cats.
After bringing one of her six felines to Katz, she is planning on bringing all of them.
"Dr. Geri called me to make sure she [her cat] was OK that night," Carter said. "She goes beyond the call of duty."
Katz also focuses on nutritional needs. She said that many veterinarians push for steroids and vaccines when there could simply be a nutritional issue.
"Dr. Geri is very gentle and mild mannered, which is good for cats since they tend to be high strung," Dee Skott, a client from Fairfield, said. Skott said that Katz is very thorough and easy to work with, so she enjoyes the experience at Aristokatz.
"I want people's cats to have a really good quality of life," Katz said. "We are their best advocates since they don't advocate for themselves."
For information call 203-690-1099 or visit the clinic at 636 Kings Highway East in Fairfield.