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New £150,000 vet clinic dedicated to feline patients opens in Newcastle

A Newcastle veterinary hospital is the cat’s whisker with a new £150,000 clinic aimed at helping transform care for feline patients in the region.

Westway Veterinary Group, which has its main hospital on West Road in Newcastle, has opened its first clinic dedicated solely to the care of cats.

The new clinic was opened following a £150,000 investment from VetPartners, the largest veterinary group of which Westway Vets is a founding practice.

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After taking over the lease of a nearby location, the practice has expanded to create a new facility that aims to meet the unique nature and needs of cats, many of whom can become stressed when visiting the vet.

Dogs are not allowed in the new clinic, ensuring a much calmer and more relaxed environment for cats and their owners. The dogs instead use the hospital’s main entrance, one of the largest of its kind in the Northeast.

In addition to two consultation rooms and a treatment room, the entire design of the new building is tailored to cats and their individual personalities, with softer lighting and pheromone sprays to create a relaxing ambience.

Their main West Road hospital also has a state-of-the-art cat wing, with theatres, an isolation unit and a cat room, all separate from the rest of the practice.

Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle has opened a new £150,000 clinic

Practice Director Mark Turnbull said, “Opening a cat-only consultation clinic is part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our feline patients. Cats can be very sensitive to their surroundings and our new clinic will provide the perfect calm and serene atmosphere they prefer, away from the noise and smell of dogs.

“Cats can become stressed when visiting a veterinary practice and by creating a cat-only clinic it will help keep more cats happier and healthier, as it is understandable that sometimes owners are reluctant to bring their cats to vets. ‘they fear they will become stressed.

“We encourage cat owners to call the clinic if they are worried about transporting their cat, as we can give advice and guidance on how to make the trip as stress-free as possible.

“If cats feel colder on their own, it’s much easier for our vets and nurses to handle them, so they can be properly examined and given the care and treatment they need.”