WAFFLES: Where are we, Boss?
KATIE: I don't know, Waffles. Glogirly said something about a vet, but this doesn't look like any vet clinic I've ever seen.
WAFFLES: It doesn't smell either. You know, like dogs and medicine and stuff. Maybe it's like a fancy hotel or something. Do you think there's snacks? I like snacks.
Our Quest for a New Vet
When we moved to Colorado from Minnesota earlier this year, Glogirly had to find a new grocery store, a new hair stylist, and a new veterinarian. Not an easy task. And if you look closely at her roots, you'll see she's still in search of one of those.
As for the new vet...well, we hit the jackpot. Dr. Fern Slack came highly recommended to us by Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat. We've known Ingrid for years and often look to her for the latest news and advice in feline health, nutrition, and behavior. So when she told us her favorite veterinarian had recently relocated to Colorado and was opening the first cat exclusive hospital and clinic in Boulder, we couldn't wait to make an appointment.
Ok, to clarify, Glogirly couldn't wait to make an appointment. Like most cats, Waffles and Katie will always prefer sun puddles and wand toys to vet visits.
Good Medicine = Education
Dr. Fern and her team at Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center believe that good medicine starts with client education. They're devoted to helping cat guardians understand the very specific needs of their feline companions. And this isn't just something they've put on their website to sound nice. These are words they live by.
Dr. Fern is hands down the most knowledgeable veterinary professional we have ever met. She spent over two hours with Glogirly just talking. Sharing information, experiences and really getting to know her, Katie and Waffles.
In fact, our first visit was just that. A visit. At Dr. Fern's recommendation and invitation, our first visit was a no-touch visit. It was a chance for Katie and Waffles to get to know the space without the usual poking and prodding that takes place with most exams. It was a chance for them to get acquainted with Dr. Fern's voice and energy.
A few days later, we went back for Katie's exam and blood tests.
Exam Rooms That Inspire Calm
KATIE: Where's the cold metal table? And all the scary instruments?
When it came to the exam, Dr. Fern did something that no veterinarian has ever done. She sat down on the floor next to Katie's carrier, reached in, to pick her up and held her right there on the floor, where she did the entire exam. There was no team of vet techs wearing armpit length gloves, no blankets or towels.
She held Katie in a way that kept both of them safe and even helped to soothe her. There were a few growls, that's to be expected. But when you consider that Katie is a cat who other vets have not even been able to examine, who has always had a special 'note' in her file about her cantankerous nature at the vet, well... color us impressed.
Dr. Fern took the time to let Katie walk around the room so she could observe how Katie moved, walked and jumped. It helped her to see signs of arthritis or possible pain. All the while, sitting on the floor without a metal table in sight.
Glogirly is very excited to hear about what Dr. Fern learns from the blood and urine tests. Katie has been battling some health issues for a couple of years now and we're very hopeful Dr. Fern will be able to dig deeper than any other vet ever has in terms of understanding the nuances of everything that's going on with Katie and helping to establish the best possible nutrition and treatment plan.
Because Waffles has trouble with displacement aggression after any vet visit, whether he's being examined or Katie is, he came with as a ride-a-long. That way they both smell the same when we get home. This helps us maintain a semblance of peace and harmony once we get home.
Uniquely Cats, The Absolute Best
If you're lucky enough to live in the Boulder, Golden or Denver area, you simply MUST meet Dr. Fern. She is a gem. Truly the best veterinarian we have ever met. It's been less than a week since our first visit and she's already like family to us.
If you live elsewhere, please know there is hope. Dr. Fern is proof that there are some amazing vets out there and if you're not completely happy with yours, it's totally worth it to shop around. Sorry, but as much as we'd like to, we can't clone her. We asked.
"Nothing in life is quite so precious as those we share our time with. In a life well lived, we may be blessed with the companionship of a few of our more ephemeral companions...each precious, each shaping us. Uniquely Cats is dedicated to helping you create a healthy and happy bond with your beloved furry feline companions."
~ Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center