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About The Cat Hospital in Altamonte Springs

The team of veterinarians and staff at The Cat Hospital of Orlando have a simple objective: enhance the personal bond between you and your cat through quality, compassionate veterinary care and education. We are a full service veterinary hospital located in Altamonte Springs dedicated exclusively to the health and well-being of your feline companion.

The Cat Hospital of Orlando has received the “Gold Standard” designation from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) as a Feline Friendly Practice. Learn more about Feline Friendly Hospitals at the American Association of Feline Practitioners' website.

History of the Cat Hospital of Orlando

The Cat Hospital of Orlando was conceived in the late 1980's by Dr. M. Alexandra Sumerlin, who was then working at a small animal practice in the Orlando area. Dr. Sumerlin’s goal was to first consider the needs of the feline patient and create an atmosphere that would reduce the stress and fear for cats during their hospital visits. The best method, she knew, was reducing anxiety-producing noises such as barking dogs and disruptive exotic birds.

In addition, Dr. Sumerlin felt that quality veterinary care involved more than just seeing patients to diagnose and treat their illnesses. Dr. Sumerlin created The Cat Hospital of Orlando with the notion that personal relationships that foster trust and confidence are essential to the overall health of your cat and often ignored in contemporary veterinary medicine.

Dr. Sumerlin’s vision became a reality February 1, 1992, when she opened the doors to the first full-service and all-feline veterinary hospital in Central Florida. Each doctor at The Cat Hospital of Orlando approaches feline medicine thoroughly—seeking to build trust with you and your cat, and offering you the best insights into caring for your feline companion.

Cat Friendly Cat Practice

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) seeks to encourage and facilitate good quality veterinary care for cats. However, we recognize that there are unique challenges and difficulties in bringing your cat to a veterinary practice, including:

  • Cats often do not travel well
  • Cats do not feel safe when they are away from their normal home territory
  • Cats are highly sensitive to unusual sights, sounds and smells
  • Most cats prefer quiet and solitude
  • Most cats are highly susceptible to stress and anxiety
  • Most cats are highly stressed by dogs and other cats being in close proximity at the practice
  • Cats need to be handled gently, with care and respect in the practice
  • Cats have unique medical requirements that Cat Friendly Practices are capable of providing

The AAFP established the Cat Friendly Practice program to help veterinary practices meet the wide range of unique needs of cats in a veterinary practice setting. An extensive self-assessment checklist was designed to demonstrate that Cat Friendly Practices:

  • Understand the unique needs of cats and have made veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
  • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner.
  • Have an appropriate standard of equipment needed to investigate and treat feline patients.
  • Meets a standard for the facilities and care for hospitalized cats.

The Cat Hospital of Orlando is proud to have achieved the Gold Designation from the AAFP as a Cat Friendly Practice.

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