Cornell Feline Health Center

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Dr. Camuti's Legacy

CamutiThe Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memorial Feline Consultation Service was established to honor the memory of the late Dr. Louis J. Camuti. Known affectionately to many as "THE CAT DOCTOR," Dr. Camuti was the first veterinarian in the United States to devote his entire practice to cats, making house calls for his feline patients for more than 60 years. Since his death in 1981, friends have sought to honor his lifework through the Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memorial Endowment Fund, which continues his tradition of compassion, dedication, and a pioneering professional commitment to the health and well-being of cats. Contributions to help maintain this fund are welcome.

Camuti Consultation Service

Have a specific question about the health and/or care of your cat? Why not take advantage of our Camuti Consultation Service? This unique service puts you directly in contact with one of our outstanding veterinary consultants, who will discuss your cat’s condition and/or care with you.

Our consultants have years of clinical experience, and they are happy to discuss a variety of topics ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases to the best ways to manage weight loss or hairballs.

Important note: The purpose of this service is not to diagnose or to guide in the treatment of specific diseases, nor to serve as a second opinion regarding specific diagnoses. Given the fact that our consultants do not have direct access to your cat, specific diagnoses and recommendations regarding therapy, including drug dosages, are not provided. These issues are best managed by your veterinarian. This service serves as a source of information and support for cat owners and enthusiasts alike, and we are happy to assist you in this regard.

It is our goal to provide you with the most current and comprehensive information in a timely fashion, so that your feline questions are answered and your concerns addressed promptly and accurately.

General Consultations
FHC Member - $44
Non-Member - $55

The quality, accuracy, and efficiency of our services are reliant upon the information that our consultants receive prior to contacting you. To this end, our dedicated staff will be happy to collect the necessary information from you when you call and to forward this information to a consultant in preparation for a return call. You can expect a return call from one of our consultants within 48 hours of your call.

Oncology (Cancer) Consultations - $75
Oncology consults often require additional information in the form of images such as radiographs, CAT scans and/or MRI images, and these may be forwarded to the Feline Health Center’s Consultation Client e-mail address along with other data such as medical records, bloodwork, or imaging reports. The same parameters for call back times apply for oncology consultations.

Behavior Consultations - $115
After obtaining some basic information from you, a detailed behavior consultation form will be sent to you. Please complete the form and return it to the Feline Health Center’s Consultation Client e-mail address. After reviewing the behavior consultation form, a veterinary behaviorist will contact you within 48 hours.

Feline Health Center members receive a 20% discount on general consultations along with other benefits of being an FHC member. To apply for a membership and receive a discount on your general consultation please click here. Payments can be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

In most cases, a consultant will contact you within 48 hours of receiving requisite data where needed. Please make every attempt to provide contact information that will facilitate easy communication, as we are eager to answer your questions in a timely fashion. We realize that in today’s hectic world, there may be times when you may not be able to answer a return call from our consultants. If, however, a consultant is unable to reach you after attempting to do so three times over a period of 48 hours, your case will be transferred to inactive status. This does not mean that we do not wish to help you, because we do! Rather, a case that has been termed inactive will require that you contact us at your earliest convenience to arrange contact with one of our consultants, and your case will be reactivated, with the same parameters regarding contact by one of our consultants as outlined for the case initially. We ask that you do not contact us regarding the status of your consultation unless 48 hours have lapsed since initial contact or reactivation. Please understand that we are always working diligently to provide you with the answers that you need, and that these measures are designed to provide our operation with the efficiency required to address all of our callers’ inquiries.

We appreciate your patronage, and we trust that the information that we provide will assist you and your feline friend(s) in whatever manner necessary. It is important to point out, as mentioned above, that consultation with our service is not a substitute for having your cat(s) examined by a veterinarian, and all cats should see a veterinarian for regular check ups and any time they are showing signs of illness. Given the fact that our consultants do not meet your cat in person, it is not possible for our consultants to render second opinions regarding specific diagnoses.

Best Regards,
The Cornell Feline Health Center Team