Cats Are Our Passion…
Why Cat Only?
Our goal at Cat Care of Vinings is to combine the best practices in veterinary medicine in a low stress environment focused on the unique needs of cats. Longer appointments for kitten vaccines and education with preventative care and wellness is our focus. Thorough mature and geriatric feline biannual exams focus on your cat’s life stage and risk of contracting both communicable and age-related illness. We believe the answers are in the small details and details require time and commitment with our veterinary team. Listening, Guiding, and Compassion Above All Else.
Feline-specific veterinary excellence is our goal—we welcome all for a comprehensive veterinary care experience in our fear-free, feline-only AAHA-accredited facility. Let us know how we can help.
Before We Meet…
Grumpy or anxious cats traveling to see us may benefit from a sedative before our visit to minimize stress. Call ahead, especially if this is your first visit or this has been a concern with past travel, veterinary visits, grooming or other veterinary care services. We will make the best recommendations and ensure a smooth transition into our care. We want your visit to be as pleasant and successful as possible for both of you.
Our Vaccine and Patient Care Policy
For the safety of all, we require a current rabies vaccination record—if you are transferring from another veterinary facility, let our caring staff know prior to or during your visit. Feline vaccine decisions should be made with all information regarding risk and exposure to disease, lifestyle, and the life-stage of your cat. A valid rabies vaccination is required for evaluation by our doctors, for nursing treatments, boarding, grooming, even nail trims. Only a veterinary evaluation can determine if vaccines are not appropriate for your cat—it is the law in Georgia.
Our Payment Policy
Payment in full is required when services are rendered. If you are leaving your cat with us, we require a deposit for services and will make every effort to contact you regarding recommendations before we more forward with a treatment plan. Please be available by telephone to help us make your experience a success.
For your convenience, we accept: Cash, All Major Credit Cards, Care Credit, and we are a now a Trupanion Express Facility in the event of an emergency.
Ask us about Trupanion and qualify for free enrollment for the first 30 days risk free!
Other Things to Consider…
Please do not transport your cat in your arms—we require a secure pet container or carrier for all visits to Cat Care of Vinings to prevent the possibility of injury or pet loss.
If there is a possibility of blood testing, please consider fasting your cat and removing the food by 10 pm the night before your appointment or drop-off exam; drinking water will not interfere with our blood testing.
Consider bringing a fresh fecal sample from the litter box with you if it has been some time since last testing or if there is any weight losss, loss of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Michael D. Friedlander, D.V.M.
“Dr. Mike,” as she is called by many, was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She has lived in Atlanta now since 1997 and plans to stay forever (her family is very happy she moved back to the Southeast!). She received her BA from the University of Maryland, her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Hokies!) in 1996, and completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Mizzou) in 1997. Furthermore, she is a graduate of the NAVC Institute in Feline Medicine for three completed terms of study.
In late 2006, she opened the doors of Cat Care of Vinings and is committed to medical excellence in cat-specific disease, diagnostics, and therapy. “I wanted a sanctuary for cats where even the most nervous, fearful, and anxious of cats can be treated with dignity no matter the condition or circumstance. I believe cats require unique communication—we find that a less-is-more approach with feline patients is invaluable. A cat is a sacred soul in my home and at Cat Care of Vinings—I seek a language with each cat that conveys mutual respect and preserves their dignity. They did not ask to be here and should not have to endure trauma or disrespect at my hand. As long as I remain teachable, I continue to learn from them every day without exception. I want to demonstrate with Cat Care of Vinings how SMALL changes in our approach in feline-specific care adds YEARS to the life of these little souls.”
Dr. Mike is highly committed to community and personal service to others; she feels it is an essential part of a complete and balanced life. One of her favorite reflections was spoken many years ago by Winston Churchill:
“You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.”
Cher K. Canaday, D.V.M.
Dr. Cher Canaday joined the Cat Care of Vinings team in May of 2019. She has been a resident of metro Atlanta since childhood and received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. Dr. Canaday entered the field of veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant over 20 years ago. She then became licensed as a registered veterinary technician in 2005 before graduating from veterinary school in 2010.
Dr. Canaday is particularly interested in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. Her strong belief that Fear Free handling positively affects both patients and clients drew her to Cat Care of Vinings. As a veterinarian, Dr. Canaday sees a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of both pets and people. She is committed to being a resource for knowledge, information, and compassion for people in their time of need.
Outside of work, you will find Dr. Canaday at equine competitive events or training for future events. She also enjoys rose gardening and enjoying a great meal with friends.