About Manhattan Cat Specialists

Dr. Plotnick and the staff at Manhattan Cat Specialists strive to provide the highest quality medical care and service to the discriminating urban cat owner.

As recently as fifteen years ago, cats received very little medical consideration. Veterinary care consisted mainly of vaccination, neutering, and spaying, and cats were generally considered less worthy or deserving of sophisticated medical services. Over the last fifteen years feline medicine and surgery have undergone a significant transformation. Feline medicine and surgery are now approaching the same level of sophistication as that seen in human medicine. Manhattan Cat Specialists’ goal is to continue to advance the cause of feline medicine. Our job is to provide the best possible advice regarding the health and well-being of our feline patients, and to provide exceptional care while maintaining, at all times, good business practices, a sound professionalism in our manner when dealing with clients, and the highest standards of veterinary medicine.

A History of Manhattan Cat Specialists, Inc.

Manhattan Cat Specialists is a full-service, feline-exclusive veterinary facility located on the Upper West Side of New York City. It was founded by Dr. Arnold Plotnick, a board certified small animal internist and feline specialist. Dr. Plotnick, while employed as Vice President of the ASPCA, conceived of the idea opening a feline-exclusive veterinary facility in late 2001, shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center. With businesses reeling from the consequences of the attack and New York City’s economy struggling in the aftermath, Dr. Plotnick realized that there was no better time to pursue his dream of owning his own feline specialty hospital. In forming Manhattan Cat Specialists, Dr. Plotnick felt that he could help revitalize the city’s economy and create new jobs, albeit on a relatively small scale. With the financial backing of JP Morgan Chase, a determined and relentless search for an appropriate location finally yielded an ideal site, at 230 West 76th Street, just west of Broadway. Armed with blueprints, ideas, advice, and support from friends, family, and colleagues, construction and renovations began in October of 2002. Three months later, on January 2nd, 2003, Manhattan Cat Specialists opened its doors to the public.

Manhattan Cat Specialists offers the highest quality feline health care to the discriminating urban cat owner, in a warm and professional environment. Health care services are individually tailored to suit the needs of both cat and client.

Manhattan Cat Specialists invests in its employees, maintaining a work environment that is relaxed, low-stress, and welcoming. Employees are actively encouraged to make meaningful contributions to the organization and to the community.

Special cats deserve special care. Expert feline healthcare is provided by Dr. Arnold Plotnick, one of only 67 board-certified feline specialists in the United States.


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