The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic was established to provide veterinary care specifically tailored to the unique requirements of cats, rabbits and small mammals. Excluding dogs from our practice enables us to provide a more quiet, less odorous, stress free environment for our patients and their owners.
Many of our staff (including both of our vets) have worked within the practice since it first opened its doors to patients in June of 2000. We therefore have over 15 years of practical day to day experience treating cats, rabbits and guinea-pigs in this setting. We have attended regular continuing education courses throughout the last 15 years and have close links to the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and the Rabbit Welfare Association (RWA).
The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic took part in the FAB’s ‘cat friendly practice’ awards available to veterinary practices nationwide during 2006 and 2007. The clinic received a Bronze Award (2006), a Silver Award (2007) and a Cyanthia special award for ‘great catitude’ in 2007.
Although the practice was originally established to provide dedicated cat and rabbit owners with veterinary care specifically tailored to these pets, we have also found guinea pig owners to be just as dedicated to their pets. Over the last few years our guinea pig clientele has grown rapidly and we now treat guinea pigs from across the midlands and beyond!
Each local Caring Vets Practice is made up of highly trained and highly passionate nurses. We encourage our nurses to further their knowldege in areas that are of interest to them. You can benefit from their training through nurse clinics such as nutrition, behaviour, weight management, flea & worm prevention and even bereavement counselling. Please feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our nursing team.
Many Caring Vets Practices subscribe to a specialist emergency out of hours care provider. Please check with your local Practice to understand what you will need to do in the case of an emergency when the Practice is closed for the evening or weekend.
For additional information on the out of hours service provided please click the link below:
Orthopaedics is a rapidly growing specialism. There are numerous varied options available to suit the needs of you and your pet; from treating the more simple fractures, to the more complex and degenerative diseases. We are able to offer referral within our group to The Avenue Vet Clinic in Kettering; this reduces your travelling time and costs, speeds up referral time, aswell as follow up appointments being able to be carried out at your chosen caring vets practice. Due to shared computer systems, The Avenue will also have direct access to your pets clinical record and any laboratory or radiography already carried out.
Whilst all Caring Vets Practices have digital x-ray facilities MRI goes one step further in allowing a surgeon to make more informed decisions on the way forward with treatment. As MRI is a specialised service, your vet will advise if your pet would benefit from MRI.
We appreciate that it can be difficult at times to cover the cost of emergency veterinary treatment. For cases where such assistance is needed we can offer flexible payment plans that help take care of unexpected veterinary bills.
There is strict eligibility criteria for this service. Please always speak to any member of staff before you commence treatment if you are going to need help financially. We will always provide an estimate for any treatment if you request it.
In order to keep your pet in the best health it is important to keep on top of their preventative healthcare.
We offer a reminder service to enable you to do this. We can send a reminder by text or email, we simply require you to provide us with up to date contact details.
Doing this also ensures you will be first to know about any any discounts and offers on the treatments required.
There is an old adage that “you never miss insurance until you need it,” and this is especially appropriate with your pets.
We have the NHS and do not appreciate the costs involved in our medical care. We attend the Drs, or the Hospital, have investigations, get treatments and then head home. The most you spend may be just the prescription fee.
Unfortunately, there is no animal NHS, and all Veterinary medicine is private; meaning you must pay at the time of consultation/treatment. We, as a practice, do not just see your pet as a £ sign, that’s not how it works. However, medical care costs a lot of money.
In our profession the RCVS ensures that we must provide appropriate emergency care to any animal to help ease suffering. This may even mean euthanasia if things cannot be afforded.
If you have insurance for your pet, you have many more options in how you can treat your animal. Some surgeries and investigations can cost thousands of pounds, and without insurance you may not have the choice to go ahead with them. For regular monthly payments you have that peace of mind that there is support there for you.
So, with this in mind you may be wondering who to choose? After all there are a lot of companies to choose from. We always recommend using Pet Plan. They focus 100% on pet insurance and provide the widest range of cover. This of course depends on the type of policy you take out.
All staff at Northlands has undergone Pet Plan training and can advise you further, tailoring your cover to suit your own situation. We even offer 4 weeks free insurance http://bit.ly/petplan4weeks as part of our Perfect First Steps package when you acquire a new pet.
Feel free to ask us about any aspect of Pet insurance to find out more.
To see guidance of policies available please click these links:
www.petplan.co.uk/dog-insurance.asp for dog insurance.
www.petplan.co.uk/therightcover/cat.asp for cat/kitten insurance.
Please note these are for guidance only and you will need to contact Petplan to discuss your requirements in full.
Posted on 14th Jan 2019
A stimulated cat is a happy, healthy cat and environmental enrichment is key. Our team at Cat & Rabbit Clinic explains how.
Posted on 7th Jan 2019
Looking for guinea pig care tips? It’s simpler than you think. Read our care advice for a happy, healthy pet.
Posted on 21st Dec 2018
Is your cat warm, secure and healthy this winter? Take a look at our advice – and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any concerns.
Posted on 14th Dec 2018
If you’d like your cat to start the new year in great shape, check out our handy advice.
Posted on 7th Dec 2018
An overweight rabbit is a serious matter. Not only will their quality of life suffer, but their health could, too – so make sure you tackle the problem without delay.
Posted on 21st Nov 2018
Check out our infographic about cats at Christmas, which features useful advice to help keep your pet happy and safe.
Posted on 14th Nov 2018
If you think your rabbit or other small pet may be lonely, chat to our vet nurse Katie about their companionship needs.
Posted on 7th Nov 2018
Want to treat your bunny this Christmas? We’ve got a few ideas for you.
Posted on 21st Oct 2018
If you’re a guinea pig owner in or around Northampton, you might be interested to learn what we do at routine appointments.
Posted on 14th Oct 2018
Worried about bringing your cat for their next vet appointment? Take a look at these tips from our vet nurse Katie.
Posted on 7th Oct 2018
Rabbits have lots of needs, some of which require veterinary care. Simon explains what to watch out for.
Posted on 21st Sep 2018
What does it mean when cats are ‘in heat’? And what should you watch out for?
Posted on 14th Sep 2018
If you’re planning on adding to the rabbit population of Northamptonshire, here’s some information you might find useful…
Posted on 7th Sep 2018
Pregnant cat? We’ve put together five points to help you understand what to look for – and what to expect.
Posted on 21st Aug 2018
If your cat is urinating around your home, it can be a horrible time for both of you. We can help you understand why it’s happening.
Posted on 14th Aug 2018
Have you ever been caught out by your cat’s unpredictability? The team at Northampton help you decode some of the most common cat behaviours.
Posted on 7th Aug 2018
How you interact with your rabbit will affect their behaviour as your pet, so take a look at this quick guide from the Cat & Rabbit Clinic team.
Posted on 21st Jul 2018
It’s Guinea Pig Appreciation Day on 16 July, so we’ve got some tips on how to show your pets just how much you care about them every day of the year.
Posted on 14th Jul 2018
Leaving your pet while you’re on holiday is hard, but there are plenty of reputable carers who can make the separation more bearable for both you and your cat. We have some advice.
Posted on 7th Jul 2018
If you’re off on a trip with your cat, just getting it into the carrier can be a daunting task, but here are some tips to make life easier all round.
Posted on 21st Jun 2018
Pet allergies at this time of year can cause concern, so here’s how to spot and treat them.
Posted on 14th Jun 2018
Rabbits are prone to overheating, here we arm you with everything you need to prevent that happening.
Posted on 7th Jun 2018
If your cat’s appetite has decreased, it could be the time of year. We explain why that may happen.
Posted on 21st May 2018
With Rabbit Awareness Week in June, it's time to find out just how much you really know about your pet bunny.
Posted on 14th May 2018
Rabbits are prone to several parasitic infections, but most are easy to deal with using straightforward spot-on treatments.
Posted on 7th May 2018
These pesky parasites can make for a very grump cat – but they’re totally preventable with a range of treatments.
Posted on 21st Apr 2018
There are any number of reasons for skin irritation in cats, but many are avoidable or treatable. We suggest what to look out for.
Posted on 14th Apr 2018
Hay fever in cats is not to be sneezed at. It can make them feel as miserable as it does humans – but the good news is that it’s highly treatable.
Posted on 7th Apr 2018
If your rabbit has red, watery eyes, it could well be suffering from an allergy. We list some common irritants and offer some advice on preventing allergies.
Posted on 21st Mar 2018
Tips to make life easier for you and your cat when it comes to litter tray basics.
Posted on 14th Mar 2018
Smart creatures that they are, rabbits are quite easy to train. We have some suggestions on how to start teaching them tricks.
Posted on 7th Mar 2018
Everyone loves kittens, but they need a bit of time to settle into a new home. Here’s some helpful guidance to make that happen.
Posted on 21st Feb 2018
How healthy are your pet’s teeth? Regular check-ups can help identify oral problems at an early stage, so don’t delay if you have concerns.
Posted on 14th Feb 2018
Check out this guide from our nurse Katie, which explores different cat tail movements and what they mean.
Posted on 7th Feb 2018
Every rabbit has its own personality, and you can learn a lot about how they’re feeling by looking out for some signs we have pinpointed.
Posted on 21st Jan 2018
If your cat seems flat after the Christmas buzz, it could be needing extra stimulation. We’ve got some tips to help.
Posted on 14th Jan 2018
As your rabbit gets older it may need a few lifestyle changes to keep it in good condition. Maybe it’s time for a senior check-up?
Posted on 7th Jan 2018
Our vet Simon explains the main symptoms to watch out for if think your senior cat might have arthritis.
Posted on 21st Dec 2017
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Posted on 14th Dec 2017
Rabbits are renowned for loving sweet things, but you need to know what’s good and what’s not. The team at Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic has the answers.
Posted on 7th Dec 2017
Take a look at our tips for keeping your cat safer in winter, especially around busy roads.
Posted on 21st Nov 2017
Festive food, decorations and increased stress can all pose risks to our pets – so check out our essential safety tips.
Posted on 14th Nov 2017
Want to pop something special under the tree for your rabbit this Christmas? The team at Cat & Rabbit Clinic has dug out some great suggestions.
Posted on 7th Nov 2017
We’ve put together a little list of ideas to help you with festive shopping for your feline.
Posted on 21st Oct 2017
A winter health check for your rabbit with Simon will give you peace of mind for the coming cold month.
Posted on 14th Oct 2017
Katie has a few top tips for making your cat’s travel experiences more straightforward.
Posted on 7th Oct 2017
As the colder months approach, we look at why it’s wise to consider a seasonal health check for your cat.
Posted on 21st Sep 2017
Animals can make us laugh, cry and despair – so they make fine stories. Here are a few favourites from our team in Northampton.
Posted on 14th Sep 2017
Even if your cat seems on its finest form – whether endearing or annoying, as our honest cat ownership summary shows – a check-up in Northampton won’t go amiss.
Posted on 7th Sep 2017
Loss of appetite is a warning sign your rabbit may be unwell. Cat & Rabbit Clinic can help advise you.
Posted on 21st Aug 2017
From parasites to sunburn, Cat & Rabbit Clinic advises how to keep your pet safe in the summertime.
Posted on 14th Aug 2017
Apps for cats are officially a thing in Northampton. Here are five recommendations for apps that will make you and your kitty purr…
Posted on 7th Aug 2017
Flystrike is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when flies lay eggs on a rabbit’s skin.
Posted on 21st Jul 2017
Summer is a enjoyable time of year, but pet owners should be wary of the risks. Here’re five ways you can help your pet.
Posted on 14th Jul 2017
During the height of summer, it’s essential to keep your cat cool. Cat & Rabbit Clinic outlines how to prevent feline heat stroke.
Posted on 7th Jul 2017
Keep your bunny cool in the summer months with tips from Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic.
I graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1995. After 3 years working in a mixed large and small animal veterinary practice in Hampshire, I married Kim in November 1998 and moved to Northampton shortly afterwards. I have worked at the Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic with Kim since it opened in June 2000. I am an experienced soft tissue surgeon and also have a special interest in feline and rabbit dentistry. Over the last five years my interest has expanded to include guinea pig dentistry and I have been particularly involved with developing improved techniques for managing long term dental illnesses in guinea pigs. Outside of work I enjoy karate, spending time with my family and I am a treasurer for the local Scout group.
I graduated from Murdoch University Veterinary School, in Perth, Western Australia in 1996. I worked for 2 years in a very large, very busy mixed practice in Hampshire and attended the first every rabbit conference while working there. Simon and myself were married in 1998 and moved to Northampton. I have been with the Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic since the day of it's opening in June 2000. Simon and myself have 3 lovely children and an independent, spirited black and white cat called Domino. In my spare time, I am an avid music fan.
I joined the Cat and Rabbit team in 2011 after working as a veterinary nurse for over ten years in mixed and small animal practices. I have a keen interest in anaesthesia and I am qualified as a animal physical therapist. I am also the practice advocate for the ISFM Feline Friendly Practice standards. In my spare time, I love to compete on my beautiful horse Frank. I also has two lovely cats, Mouse and Figis, at home.
I joined the Cat and Rabbit reception team in July 2012. I am an admirer of cats and take in foster cats for the RSPCA and The Stray Animal Fund. I also have six cats of my own. In my free time I enjoy going to the theatre and the cinema.
I joined the Cat and Rabbit as part of the reception team in January 2005. In my spare time I enjoy baking and reading along with looking after my grand children. I have a lovely Labrador called Pippa and a cute bunny called Benjy at home.
I am a keen animal lover and have previously had a whole range of pets including hamsters, mice and gerbils. I now have a beautiful Lionhead rabbit called Hiro. Hiro has not been without his medical issues and was a regular patient here at the Cat and Rabbit. I became the Saturday receptionist in February 2015. I also have a full time job keeping me busy in the week. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and boxing. I am also a keen movie goer.
I joined The Cat and Rabbit Reception Team in September 2017. I love cats and I have 2 Cats of my own Harlow, and McLovin (Birman and Siamese). In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and going on holidays.