Gulf Coast Scratching Post

Specialized veterinary care for your cat!

Veterinary Care, Boarding, Gift Shop

cat, vet, veterinary clinic, North Port

Veterinary Care

  • HOUSE CALLS AVAILABLE -  (sick cats can be transported to the hospital for any necessary diagnostics and treatments that cannot be performed in the home)
  • Routine wellness and preventative care
  • Vaccinations (our practice individualizes vaccines to your cat's needs)
  • On site diagnostic laboratory
  • On site pharmacy
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Dental cleaning (80% of cats have dental disease by 3 years of age)
  • Oral surgery
  • On-site imaging (x-ray)
  • Emergency (medical and surgical emergencies available during business hours)
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services (in clinic or in home appointment options)
  • Behavior counseling to prevent and treat behavior problems (please let us know your concerns)
  • Weight management and nutritional counseling
  • Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses
  • Same day urgent care appointments
  • Microchipping
  • Nail trims and Soft Paws application (nail caps)
  • USDA Licensed to issue health certificates
  • Kitty Kindergarten Classes (creating the new improved cat through early socialization)



Advantages of Boarding Your Cat At Our Practice


When your cat boards at our practice, we monitor your cat at least twice daily and provide the TLC you would want for him or her. We also provide medical boarding for cats that receive daily medications

During periods of monitoring, a staff member documents food and water intake as well as litter box habits. For cats that stay for more than a few days or who we know are comfortable with a big room, we can provide them an opportunity to play and exercise in larger examination rooms during the quieter times of the day. If any problems are noted at any time, Dr. Norrell will be informed, and she will examine your cat and identify what is needed. We will notify you and make recommendations and follow the plan you choose. 

We welcome you to bring your cat’s favorite bedding, small or interactive toys, and their favorite or special diets. If your cat has not visited our practice, prior to boarding, an appointment will be made with the doctor so that she can meet you and your cat to discuss your cat’s needs, normal behaviors and to examine and asses the health of your cat. If requested, we will work to accommodate requests to provide any necessary care (vaccinations, diagnostics etc.) while your cat is boarding. 

Our condominiums (cages pictured below) are designed specifically for cats. Hiding places are important for cats as they like to be able to choose whether they want to be hidden or not. This is especially helpful for cats that may be more fearful when they are staying with us. A hiding place is necessary for most cats the first day but is always available throughout their stay. Bringing your cat’s bed will help it feel more comfortable, but we have plenty available. If your cat prefers to stay in its carrier with the door open, that too is an option. We also sell a special, sturdy cardboard carrier that can be transformed into a hiding area with a perching spot.

Our boarding area temperature is monitored to ensure optimal comfort for your cat. The boarding area has Feliway calming pheromone diffusers to provide additional comfort and we play quiet, classical music (Vivaldi is the favorite among cats according to research!). 

What if you have two or more cats boarding at the same time?

Even cats that love each other want to have a separate place to rest at least some of the time. We will provide the option for them to choose to rest either together or separately and will monitor to see how they do together. Sometimes cats will prefer their own space when away from home and we will provide that if needed. The cats may also be separated for short periods to ensure that each cat is eating. Please let us know if your cats do not like each other at home and we will make sure they have separate suites at all times.


Feel free to contact us to see how your cat is doing. Please let us know if you would like for us to send you pictures of your cat periodically. We also have a Petcube cloud-based pet camera that will let you see, talk and play (laser) with your cat using 2-way audio/video. If you have any questions or would like to visit our boarding area prior to your time away, please contact us and we will be glad to schedule a time for you to stop in. 


Gift Shop (cat toys, supplies and more)

cat toys, cat gifts, cat supplies

  • Feliway Diffuser Feline Facial Pheromone helps control signs of stress such as urine spraying and hiding due to changes in the environment
  • Feliway Multicat Diffuser Specifically helps reduce tension and conflict between cats in the home
  • Feliway Spray 
  • Feliway Wipes
  • Feliscratch Feline interdigital Semiochemical liquid that redirects scratching onto the scratching post
  • Cat Dancer Products
    • Cat Dancer Original 
    • Cat Dancer Pro
    • Cat Charmer
    • Wall Scratcher (includes Cat Dancer toy)
    • Chasers (RingTail, Whisker, BowTie)
  • Meowijuana Cat Nip Products
  • Kong ZoomGroom Brush (great for cats with arthritis) 
  • Food Puzzles (special bowls to slow feeding and make feeding fun)
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Greenies Treats (assorted flavors)
  • Catzilla Cuddler 
  • LeanTreats
  • Holistapet CBD Treats and Oil