The Cat Practice was the 1st exclusively feline Veterinary facility in the world. It was established by Dr. Paul Rowan in 1972. Dr. William Sullivan joined Dr. Rowan in 1974 and took over The Cat Practice in 1978. The Cat Practice uses the most modern equipment including ultrasound and endoscopy; but we currently have always been holistically focused.

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  City New York, NY
  Zip Code 10011
  Address 145 W 24th Street Floor 3
  Phone Number (212) 677-1401

  • I would recommend this business

The staff there are excellent! They take such great care of my 18-yr-old cat, Audrey, it's like I'm taking her to a spa whenever I take her there to have her boarded! They're amazing!

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Dr. Dougherty and his team provide the kindest, most humane and supremely expert care to their little feline patients. They are truly extraordinary, both personally and professionally, and I have been grateful every day to have such a trusted and knowledgeable group of people to care for my cats.

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The best veterinarian experience that my daughter and I have ever had! Dr. Dougherty is not only the consummate professional in the care of cats, his bedside manner is equally kind to the pet and their owner. You can feel your cat is in completely safe hands and that this doctor is really about the complete welfare of your cat, first and foremost. He will take the time to explain everything so that you understand the recommended path of treatment without intimidating you for having asked your questions. You leave your visit feeling like you have him on your team when it comes to the care of your pet.

That being said, I’ve loved 3 past cats in my life and he helped to care for my most recent, Sweetie Pie who left us Thanksgiving. We talked about the future when I will bring another darling into my life(when the time is right) and I asked about declawing. This is what I had always done with my cats. I was told that if they are domesticated they don’t need their front claws. I also know it is big business for vets to perform this operation of declawing the animal. Not only was I surprised to learn that Dr. Dougherty does not perform this operation, but that he is 100 percent against it for cruelty reasons. I had no idea the intensity of the method used until he explained it. Had I known what is involved I never would have declared my last three cats. I also learned that there are terrific alternatives which he offers to manage their nails, even in so far as a “gel” – type manicure they can do every couple of months for you that will coat the nails painlessly, in any color that you would like it is completely safe for the animal and you. That was when I really understood the humane level of love and caring this veterinarian believes in. If you’re in New York City, Dr. Dougherty is the only vet you need to see. Ever. And if you live in the outer boroughs it’s worth making the trip in to the city for him to care for your cat. Heartfelt thanks for everything Doc!

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Dr Dougherty helped us when we were in FL with our beloved 12 year old cat and could not find the medication we had brought for him. We are so grateful to have him as our cat's vet! Our beloved Miko had a peaceful trip back to NYC thanks to DR Dougherty!

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Why are cats blamed for Toxoplasmosis? Cats are the only animal species to shed the infectious stage FOR TOXOPLASMOSIS in their feces. All animals, however, can disseminate Toxoplasmosis if their infected meat is eaten. How do cats get it? By eating rodents, raw meat, cockroaches, flies, or by contacting infected cats, infected cat feces, or contaminated soil. How will I know if my cat has Toxoplasmosis? You probably won't since most infected cats show no symptoms, although sometimes there is transient diarrhea, or more rarely, other symptoms, such as pneumonia, hepatitis or neurologic disease.


Sometimes a urine sample will lead us toward liver disease because of the presence of bilirubin in the urine. X-Rays may indicate an enlarged or abnormal liver. There are five enzymes in our Serum Chemistry Profile, which are associated with liver and gall bladder function. The pattern of their elevation or depression can tell us something about the liver disease- especially it's severity, but they rarely reveal the succinct cause of the problem, which could be. It is often necessary to go further with diagnostics.


The most common feline cardiac disease is cardiomyopathy. We will want to do a chest X-ray and EKG and/or an Echocardiogram to rule out progressive heart disease. Most of these cardiac problems can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. This is why we will strongly recommend full diagnostics because in 75% of these cases our intervention can be quite effective in preserving quality of life and longevity. Heart murmurs or abnormal rhythms. Increased respiratory rate and effort. Decreased activity and or desire to play or race about.


All felines boarding with The Cat Practice are required to be up to date on their vaccinations and have had a physical exam within the last six months. Our veterinarians are happy to bring your cats up to date while they are staying with us, so please bring your cat's medical paperwork with you if they have been seen by another veterinary office. If your cat has an ongoing illness or is difficult with strangers, please speak with our staff ahead of time to ensure that we can accommodate your cat's specific needs at the time of their stay.


Dr. Eric Dougherty D.V.M. is our Medical Director and has been with us since 2011. He is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, AVMA, ASPCA, and WSPA. He graduated from Ross University, where he was awarded the Stanley M. Dennis scholarship. He then went on to complete his clinical rotation at Iowa State University. Dr. Dougherty was raised in Brooklyn in a family that was always adopting any neighborhood cat in need, and he learned from an early age that he wanted to practice veterinary medicine in order to care for these majestic, unique animals.


Severe constipation (obstipation) is treated in a variety of ways. Almost always enemas are part of the treatment - often multiple enemas of warm water and lubricant are required. This is a very messy procedure and the enema fluid will continuously leak out of your cat, sometimes for 24 hours or more. This can also happen at home so you should protect your furnishings, and a spot wash of the soiled area may be necessary. If so, use mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Please call us if you need us to give your cat a bath.


In addition to an extensive list of prescription medicine we offer at The Cat Practice, we also have many health products and nutritional supplements available to keep your cat healthy. Please call our office if you need a prescription refill or would like to check if we have your medication in stock, and we will be happy to assist you! The Cat Practice is proud to offer an array of prescription diets to meet specific nutritional needs of your beloved feline. These diets are available exclusively through veterinarians, and are carefully formulated to support each health condition they are designed for.


3. Severe refractive sinusitis as the molar's root infection spreads to the sinus above it. Admittedly, the last two of these are very rare, but one thing clients report is that often after we do a dentistry on cats with a "bad mouth", the cats act much happier, eat better and aren't killing guest with their breath. Dentistries are generally performed under light anesthesia or heavy sedation Tuesday through Fridays. The patient is dropped off between 8:15 and 10:30. Your cat must not eat after midnight the night before drop off.