Vet visits typically are all business. When cats are part of the business, however, all expectations are off.
Three cats work at Mercy Animal Clinic in Garland, Texas, and interact with patients and staff regularly. Dr. Rick Hamlin owns and operates the clinic, and he told Petcha.com the reason he picked kitties to help him out at the office.
“[It’s] one of the perks of running a vet practice,” Hamlin said. “Cats are so quirky and having them, especially three brothers, here adds a personality to the practice that is hysterical.”
The feline staffers — Larry, Roger and Carl — keep things calm and carrying on. This isn’t always easy in a veterinarian’s office.
“Even on crazy days or bad days they are liable to do something so silly you can’t help but laugh,” Hamlin told Petcha.com. “Plus, because they are so sociable, clients love to see them and ask for them by name.”
Hamlin opened his practice in February 2013 and by March of that year he’d come across three 6-week-old kittens a client found who were in need of homes.
His 10-year-old daughter told Hamlin that if they were going to be office cats they needed office names; she donned them Roger, Larry and Carl.
“Larry is the most normal of the three, except for his addiction to Temptations cat treats,” Hamlin said, describing the trio. “Roger is a chunk, weighing in at 17 pounds. We offer donuts to our clients on Saturdays, and we have to keep Roger from stealing them. Carl is our resident bad boy and will not yield an inch to dogs; if they invade his space he will scratch them, even 100-pound dogs!”
The cats differ in their approach to clients. One exception, oddly enough, is cat carriers.
“They all love to crawl inside other animals’ carriers,” Hamlin said.
So far, it sounds like this has caused more welcome distractions than infringing problems. That’s good, because two of the cats can’t stay away from patients.
“Larry and Roger love a crowd of people and pets; they will visit clients and pets in the waiting room and will jump on the exam table to visit with patients during exams,” Hamlin continued, adding that the third cat helper is more inclined to aid pharmaceuticals. “Carl likes to sleep on my drug shelves.”
Their presence is known well outside the vet clinic. According to Hamlin, the threesome have garnered worldwide fame.
“Larry, Roger and Carl do seem to have an international following,” he said. “We have Facebook followers across the United States, Europe and Asia who routinely check in and comment on the daily antics of the three brothers.”
They’d probably love to visit the guys at work. We know we’d feel better at a vet’s office with these three.