The Cat Doctor

1037 West College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Is It An Emergency? After Hours Instructions

Always call first (707-546-2287) before bringing in your cat for an emergency to make sure the doctor is available.

If your cat has any of these symptoms, bring it in IMMEDIATELY 



Inability to Breathe Open-mouth breathing, blue tongue, gasping for breath, exaggerated movements of chest wall. 
Bleeding That Won't Stop From any part of the body. Apply pressure and come now!
Inability to Urinate or Appears Constipated But continues to try.
Inability to Deliver Kittens  Keeps trying or has stopped trying
Pain Severe. Continuous with no relief
Vomiting, Diarrhea Continuous or with the Appearance of Blood
Loss of Balance or Consciousness Includes tremors, coma, staggering, blindness, fainting
Itching Continuous scratching, biting, self-mutilation
Penetrating Wounds Any place, but especially chest or abdomen
Poisoning Bring the container or commercial name and chemical name
Injury Continuous pain and/or total lameness
Hit by car  
Any other sign that looks serious!  


If your cat has any of these symptoms, bring it in TODAY



Difficult Breathing With or Without Cough. Eats and Drinks. Not Frantic
Vomiting / Diarrhea Without Blood; No Pain; No Unusual Contents
Sudden Lameness No apparent cause
Swallowed Object Even if you THINK pet swallowed it.
Severe Itching With possible self-mutilation
Strange Odor Usually disagreeable, from any part of the body
Burns Heat, Chemicals. Go Immediately if Extensive
Injuries Not severe emergency but will worsen with delay- lacerations


If your cat has any of these symptoms, it is safe to wait OVERNIGHT



Nasal wheeze, congestion

Audible nasal wheeze but no difficulty breathing or exaggerated respiratory effort 

Vomiting / Diarrhea No blood, no foreign material, no pain, not continuous
Itching Mild to moderate; no skin damage; not continuous, no bleeding
Lameness Little or no pain; no discomfort in walking; not continuous
Thirst / Urination Excessive drinking and/or elimination of urine with no blood, no pain, no straining or discomfort, or bloody appearance to the urine
Loss of Appetite Skipped one main meal, but no other signs of illness
Most Skin Problems