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Cats Limited Veterinary Hospital

Cats Limited Veterinary Hospital

1260 New Britain Ave | West Hartford, CT 06110

Call 860-479-2454
Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Cats ONLY
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations

Cats Limited opened its doors on January 5th, 1995 in a leasehold storefront on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. The cat only practice offered patients and their families something different: care focused just on cats, in a calm and safe environment with individualized care for every patient. Over the following years, and as the demand for uniquely high quality cat care grew, so did Cats Limited. By 2006, Cats Limited outgrew the original facility and Dr. Lafer purchased the current building at 1260 New Britain Avenue, also in West Hartford. Built originally as a farmhouse, circa 1850, and renovated into office space in 1973, the building desperately needed total renovation. Internal demolition began in November 2006 and construction came to an end in August 2007. The move to our new facility brought with it the ability to provide even better medical and surgical care and an upscale boarding facility.

As we celebrate 20 years of Veterinary care for your cats, the Cats Limited team continues to be led by Dr. Lafer and includes two other feline veterinarians and a talented and caring support team.

Additionally, Cats Limited Veterinary Hospital is proud to be the first feline only hospital in Connecticut that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (A.A.H.A.). This is important to you and your pet because since 1996, we have regularly undergone voluntary evaluations by A.A.H.A. to ensure that we exceed the association’s high quality standards of care. These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital, including surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, and anesthesiology. Approximately 15 percent of animal hospitals in North America are accredited by A.A.H.A.

"After finding a stray cat (Parker) at my job I had him neutered and given some needed shots at a clinic. Then I found us needing a groomer. You see my gray tiger had long claws and matted fur. He was very uncomfortable and was introducing his claws to my furniture. I brought him to Cats Limited and they kept him over night. With sedation they were able to shave him down, cut his nails and follow through with his vaccinations. He was so happy, it was summer and the hair cut was perfect timing, not to mention my poor sofa he was scratching was glad too... The staff was great and I was given a tour of the very clean hospital. Since then I have had Parker boarded twice, during which I was given thorough telephone updates, and photos with which I was able to enjoy my vacations having peace of mind. :)"
-Jayme Parparian

"You know the saying, "Not all doctors are alike." It extends to veterinarians, as well. I first heard about Cats Limited from my breeder, Alice Randall Ferris (Lilac Farms), upon expressing a few concerns over my vet at the time and their diagnosis of one of my kittens. She urged me to contact Cats Limited, which I did. Even though I live nearly an hour away, this practice is well worth the trip. All three vets are extremely caring and knowledgeable. The facility itself is state-of-the-art. In fact, I can't think of a doctor's office that is even half as nice! If you love your cat and live within driving distance, this is the place for you."
-Traci Romanelli Morena

"Every vet hospital should be modeled after the values and standards at Cats Limited. The doctors and staff at Cats Limited are knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. My 3 furry kids Rajah, Aladdin, and Luna have been seeing Dr. Lafer since we moved to CT in 2005. I love the high standards of care at Cats Limited. I always feel I can trust Dr. Lafer and staff to have my kids' best interest at heart and provide the best medical care possible. Dr. Lafer is always very patient and knowledgeable with answering my questions (and I ask A lot of questions!). About 1.5 years ago, Aladdin was diagnosed with cancer. Working in conjunction with oncologists in MA and NY, Dr. Lafer has been providing outstanding medical care for Aladdin. I feel very fortunate to have Cats Limited in our lives. Sometimes I feel like I’m part of the Cats Limited family because I’m there so often and have become so familiar and comfortable with everyone there!"
-Sydney Chang

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Dr. Diana Lafer
Dr. Diana Lafer

Dr. Diana Lafer founded Cats Limited in 1995. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Wesleyan University and her veterinary degree from Cornell University. She is a member of several veterinary organizations, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners, The American Animal Hospital Association, The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Lafer has a cat (Sparky), a dog (Ned) and a horse (Sam). She enjoys spending time with her daughters, horseback riding, skiing and hiking.

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Dr. Laurie Hester
Dr. Laurie Hester

Dr. Laurie Hester joined our staff in 2005. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Illinois University and her veterinary degree from University of Illinois. Dr. Hester has five cats (Cooper, Zeke, Fiona, Lola and Marble) and two dogs (Hank and Charlie). She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling and reading.

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Dr. Katie McClaine
Dr. Katie McClaine

Dr. Katie McClaine joined our staff in 2003. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from State University of New York (Buffalo) and her veterinary degree from Cornell University. Dr. McClaine has a cats (Colin) and a dog (Danny). She enjoys playing the bassoon for the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, exercising, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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