The Cat Practice New York, New Jersey

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Kiran Khaliq

2 years ago

If you have a cat definitely go here

Silvia G.R.

2 years ago

The veterinarian was nice and the appointment went smoothly but after the appointment it was impossible to ever speak with him again. We kept missing each other on the phone and despite calling back immediately after seeing the calls, he was unavailable. This still could have been fine if I had been sent a copy of the results but I never received them despite requesting them. Edit: I have now received a copy, 2 months after the original appointment. Doctor was apologetic. I don’t believe he is not an adequate vet but being a one doctor practice has its downside

Burcu Kaya

2 years ago

Doctor Eric and the team are just the best! They will always be available to answer any questions you have and will be always transparent with you. Ps. Don’t forget the give some pats to scruffy the cat ;)

Kristina Jones

2 years ago

Best. Vet. Ever. honest, real, super smart, and saved my cat's life!

Hannah Rose Schonwald

2 years ago

Our cat has been going to the Cat Practice for several years now. They take great care of her. We also board her there when we are traveling.

Morgan Korbel

2 years ago

Finding Dr. Dougherty and his team at The Cat Practice has been a godsend. We have two seven-year-old cats who are our absolute world and have unfortunately each experienced quite a few health concerns in recent years. The Cat Practice has been a tremendous breath of feline-focused fresh air in a world of veterinary offices with intimidating, barking-dog-packed waiting rooms and doctors who clearly didn’t have specialized expertise in diagnosing and caring for cats like they do at The Cat Practice. We found them online and figured it was worth a shot to take a drive in to the city (we live in NJ and had visited a number of more local vets, none of whom had been able to really make a difference for us) and are SO GLAD that we did! We will be clients for life. I would seriously look in to flying back to see them if we ever had to move out of the surrounding area. Dr. Dougherty is incredibly knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate, and SO gentle. He always takes the time to fully explain everything that he’s doing and thinking, and he has such a calming presence on both cats and nervous cat-parents alike. You can really feel how much he truly adores cats and is personally invested in making sure they are all as healthy and happy as possible. His Tech Dylan is also fantastic and so kind…Dylan didn’t even flinch when, during one visit, our tabby Toast got a little scared and took a swipe at him, literally leaving a claw shard dangling from his cheek. He kept carefully holding her until Dr. D finished up, and then he was actually comforting US before leaving the room to clean himself up. Toast suffers from allergies and an autoimmune issue which cause her to be very itchy and to dramatically over-groom, and Dr. Dougherty has been the only one to be able to figure out exactly what was going on and finally get things under control for her. His amazing partner Arielle has spent hours helping us navigate different pharmacy/medication options, and Toast is now doing the best that she has in years, with fluffy fur covering her previously bare patches and a dramatically improved quality of life! We could not be more thankful to see Toast so happy and comfortable again. Recently, our tuxedo cat Monkey started limping and not being able to jump out of nowhere, and Dr. Dougherty got us in right away and was able to identify what was wrong IMMEDIATELY. It turned out that Monkey had torn her ACL (extremely unusual in cats, so not something many Vets would have known) but he was able to feel and accurately diagnose our very agitated, hurting girl within minutes and got us referred to/seen by an excellent surgeon at Blue Pearl within days. We are seriously always amazed by what a cat-whisperer Dr. D is – his expertise is so specialized and so impressive. The Cat Practice’s prices are very reasonable, and they never suggest any procedures/treatments that are not absolutely 100% necessary (which is something I have not found to be true with previous vets). Even with treatments that are very important, they will walk you through what order things should be done if money is tight, and help you to understand all of your options. The office itself feels more like a warm, cozy home than it does a medical facility, and your cat is free to explore the exam room prior to the appointment rather than being confined to the carrier which seems to lower anxiety levels. We trust Dr. Dougherty, Arielle, Dylan, and the whole Cat Practice team without question, and we will continue to drive into NYC to see them from NJ for as long as they’ll let us! (By the way, we always find convenient street parking right outside of the office too, which is a great added bonus for those driving in.) Oh, they also offer boarding, which we’ve not done yet but if we were to ever need to board Toast and Monkey, The Cat Practice is the ONLY place we would ever trust!

Alan Schlanger

2 years ago

Dr. Dougherty is fabulous. Takes great care of all our cats

Marie Sepulveda

3 years ago

I borded my 2 cats for a week while on vacation in 2015 and both my cats ended up with an upper respiratory infection causing my male cat to develop feline herpes

Christopher Hiller

3 years ago

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!

Alexey L

3 years ago

Dr. Dougherty and his wife were absolute life-savers as we prepared to move our two cats from New York to Hawai'i. The necessary paperwork is very complicated but they took care of all of it - and they were incredibly patient and accommodating throughout the process. We will miss them a great deal now that we've been able to move over. We've been Cat Practice regulars since 2017 and ever single visit has been a pleasure. If you are looking for medical help for your cat, we cannot recommend Dr. Dougherty highly enough. (The photo is of our cat Miki at JFK, about the board the first of our flights.)

Alaina Zulli

3 years ago

Really wonderful. It's a calming place, and everyone is friendly and helpful.

A Google User

3 years ago

They have been top notch for the past 20 years, can’t say enough great things about Dr Dougherty.

Jody Smith

3 years ago

This practice is a breath of fresh air. The doctor doesn't see you as a walking wallet trying to upsell every last drop of snake oil. I've gone here 3 times now and can't imagine going anywhere else.

M Chantany

3 years ago

The entire staff is incredibly patient, kind and caring to both me and my crazy bengal kitten. The office is also very clean. Dr. Dougherty gave me plenty of useful information for a first time cat owner and seemed very genuine about calling him whenever I was concerned about anything. I also appreciate him being upfront about costs before administering any services. Thank you to the cat practice team!

Mike Enger

3 years ago

Dr. Dougherty and team are the best. I seriously cannot recommend them enough. Very patient and willing to answer all your questions and concerns.

Seb Hernoux

3 years ago

Dr Dougherty has been our vet for 4 years. His love for cats is incredible and it really shows in the way he connects with them. He is giving them the best care possible, he shows a ton of empathy. I love that his cats are walking around the office, it makes the place very welcoming. In times of covid-19, the technician comes to pick up your cat downstairs but I'm confident that my kitty will not come back stressed out because I know that she'll feel the love! Highly recommended!!

Sherry Chang

3 years ago

If I could give additional stars, I would. I've been coming to The Cat Practice for many years. Dr. Dougherty and his staff are amazing. Back in March during the stay-at-home order in NYC, Simba and I had to make an emergency visit to see Dr. Dougherty who diagnosed him with Stage 1 kidney disease. Not only was he informative and caring about Simba's diagnosis, he promptly submitted a prescription to Chewy.com for the veterinary cat food Simba needed. When it was time to euthanize my cat of 16+ years, not only was he caring and compassionate, he also demonstrated his commitment and love of cats with the personal and detailed attention he provided to my cat. I would highly recommend The Cat Practice to anyone who wants a vet/facility that understands the bond between humans and cats and treats their patients like their own cats.

Yunji Chelsea Kim

3 years ago

Upon check up, they advised two teeth to be extracted from my cat and that I’d receive a call back for scheduling. With no action from the vet despite several follow up calls from me, the blood work was nearing 2 months. I could not wait longer and chose a different vet. Eventually my cat was able to save one tooth and get the operation done within days. I am happy with the decision not to move forward with this place —additional note after call— I appreciate the sincere call from the Dr. Hope the best for the equipment / operating model to be back in good condition!

Deem Dream

4 years ago

Great doctor, very helpful and genuinely cares.

J Axel

4 years ago

Professional, affordable, and great service with a smile. As someone who has had many bad experiences with vets taking advantage of your love for an animal, trying to overcharge and perform useless tests, this practice was a breath of fresh air. They treated my cats like their own. It was a great experience, if I ever need a vet again or someone asks me to reccomend a vet this is where I will send them.

Jamel Delacruz

4 years ago

They we're able to get us in on the same day. Answered all our questions, made us feel welcome. Thank you guys so much. Chip ( our cat ) was handled extremely well. Will definitely be coming back. You guys were great.

max jaffe

4 years ago

After a number of bad experiences around town, Dr. Dougherty shined through as one of the best Vets I’ve ever experienced. Extremely professional and one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever interacted with. When my cat was sick he helped me get the answers and advice I needed in a timely and sensitive manner. If you want great and tailored care for your loved ones, look no further than the Cat Practice. They don’t just deserve your business, you deserve their business. I can’t thank Dr. Dougherty and his staff enough.

N C

4 years ago

Dr. Dougherty and his staff are amazing - we took our new kittens in to be seen and they were all very nice and gentle to them. Before administering any medicine or treatment, Dr. Dougherty explained what he was going to do as well as how much it would cost (which is different from most other vets (and human hospitals) I've been to in the past where they give you the treatment and then hit you with an expensive bill at the end of your visit). You can tell he really loves cats. He also knows the area very well and gave us some great food recommendations to try later. We look forward to coming back again for our kitties' regular check-ups!

Renee Grimm

4 years ago

This group is great! I have leveraged their services for both vet care and boarding. It gave me such peace of mind knowing my fur child was in the hand of cat lovers and more importantly, they tailored his boarding stay to meet his super-social personality. I had to move away for work and wish I had a practice like this to trust! Please franchise to NJ!!

Robyn Dalton Tirendi

4 years ago

Love this place! They're very welcoming and gentle with the animals. They even offer free cat claw trims!

Amber De Vos

4 years ago

Dr. Dougherty and his staff are always professional and kind! I love that they're cat focused, as that makes them specialists, which is amazing! I highly highly recommend their services. My cat, who is very fussy, was relaxed and even cuddly the entire time, even during blood and urine extractions. If you love your kitty, this is your vet!!!

A Google User

4 years ago

This is the practice I trust the most with my kitty baby. When I first moved to the city, I visited many vet practices, and this was the one that impressed me the most. Even after I moved to a further neighborhood, I wouldn't compromise my kitty's care and take a long cab ride every year to this location.

Amanda Lee (amandaleenyc)

5 years ago

Very cute office! Friendly and knowledgeable staff! They made me feel comfortable and explained everything I needed to know about my fur baby. I highly recommend coming here! I will absolutely be back for any future kitty needs. They are upfront about costs and wont do anything without your approval. Worth every single penny!

A Google User

5 years ago

I've seen going exclusively to The Cat Practice for non-emergency care for 40 years. Friendly atmosphere, Dr. Dougherty knows his stuff, and my kitties love that there are nothing but cats being treated or living there.

Judd Karlman

5 years ago

A great vet. Wonderful cat care.

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The Cat Practice, New Jersey, New York

145 W 24th St

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