A new trend in specialised pet care has inspired the opening of the first veterinary clinic on the Costa just for cats. It is also one of only two that exist in Andalucía, the other being in Seville.
Clínica Felina Malagat, which opened last month in Torremolinos, was the idea of local veterinary surgeon Elyzabeth Martín. Elyzabeth, who has been passionate about cats since her childhood, obtained her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in Madrid in 2010. A member of various national and international veterinary medicine societies such as the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine), Elyzabeth got the idea from a specialisation trend that is taking off in other parts of Europe. She believes that there is a need for the service on the Costa del Sol, because, as she points out, cats require "more tranquil surroundings in order to relax".
"I have been a cat lover all my life and this is why I decided to open a clinic dedicated exclusively to cats. It is the first of its kind in Malaga and our facilities are fully adapted for cats and offer an experience without barking dogs and the noise and smells of other animals usually found in the waiting room. Cats are unique and are far more difficult to treat than dogs and so it is imperative that they feel relaxed when they are brought here," Elyzabeth explained to SUR in English.
Elyzabeth specialises in feline medicine and she also works closely with Torremolinos town hall in a bid to neuter the ever-increasing stray cat population. The clinic is currently caring for two rescue cats, as the dedicated surgeon is also working with CES AMAN, a Malaga association that strives to defend animal rights.
Offering a service in several languages, including English, Elyzabeth is keen to let the local community know that she will help injured and mistreated cats.
"We have plenty of room and I want people to know that they can bring strays or injured cats here for treatment. None will be turned away," she pointed out.
She will also use the clinic to offer talks and courses, covering everything from nutrition and dietary information to health and behavioural advice. She also intends to work with other animal charities in the fight against abandoned cats, and with initiatives to feed and neuter the local stray population.
"There are thousands of stray cats in this area and one of the biggest problem is neutering them. The town hall runs a basic programme, but there is a lot more that can be done. I will be working alongside several organisations in order to help with demand," Elyzabeth concluded.
The clinic will hold its official inauguration and open day at 1pm on Sunday, 1 December.