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Northern Illinois Cat Clinic
veterinary clinic
Treats:  Cats
Services:  Boarding
Services:  Surgery
Ownership:  Private / Single Location
Website:  northernilcatclinic.co... external link
Phone:  (847) 680-1770
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good quality
Rating: 3.7 out of 5 based on 16 reviews.

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     4/19/11   SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
Click to report rating    4/9/11   5     5     5     5   This clinic, the dr's and all of the staff is FANTASTIC. I have owned persians for the last 20 years and I just recently learned about this "feline only" clinic. I do not normally post reviews, however the care my kitten (and I) rec'd from this clinic was so outstanding I have to spread the word. The clinic itself was very homey feeling. When you're sitting in the waiting room it doesn't even feel like you are at a vet's office. More like a cozy cottage living room. However appearances aside and more importantly, the staff is TOP NOTCH...The doctors and the staff here spend a lot of time with you and your kitty. These ladies TRULY care about cats and they know their stuff. They didn't try to "sell" us services we didn't need. They spent a lot of time with us and were always calling to follow up and see how their patient was doing. It's A++++++ all the way around. I highly recommend this clinic. RID: 24263
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Click to report rating    2/23/09   5     5     5     5   If your cat is like a family member, this is the place to go. I have nothing but compliments for this hospital. The doctors and staff were efficient and informative. Dr. Schmidt found problems with my cat's teeth which my last vet missed. My cat Cleo had been chewing funny for almost two months. There was an awful smell coming from her mouth as well. My old veterinarian said it was "nothing to worry about". Well suffice to say there absolutely was an issue. Dr. Schmidt took x-rays and found decaying roots. End result after having 4 teeth removed Cleo will be fine. The catclinic took such good care of her and I will be forever grateful. RID: 11771
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Click to report rating    2/13/09   5     5     5     5   My family and I just moved here from Iowa. We were looking for a "feline specialty" veterinarian. The Cat Clinic is great, Dr. Schmidt saw our cats Ollie and Sophie. They both have some extensive health issues and she was fantasic. She spent close to two hours with us on our first visit and was very comprehensive. I highly recommend this hospital. RID: 11609
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Click to report rating    11/18/08   5     4     3     1   Staff is wonderful, but the prices are astronomical. $1500 to have my cat's urinary track unblocked plus another $900 at the emergency clinic because the cat clinic doesn't have weekend care. His last blockage cost a total of $1000 at the Cat Clinic in Arlington Heights. Although the vets want the best care for your cat, all their suggested services make you feel as if you are a bad cat-mom. The facilities are extremely clean and cozy - you can tell the office is run by females). I was even offered a beverage while my cat was being examined.....almost spa like. Maybe they should hold back on the "extra's" to keep their cost down. Staff doesn't do much to work within your monetary limits. I couldn't afford a second urinary blockage in the same month and was told my alternative was to put my cat down. Thank goodness I found another vet within my price range....I have a happy, healthy cat again! RID: 10630
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 10/2/08   5     5     4     4   Nice facility,staff seemed caring, my cat has kidney disease and they are able to take kitty blood pressures which I have heard are important. Prices seemed higher than most but they specialize and I want my cat to have the best care. RID: 10176
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Click to report rating    8/30/08   2     5     3     1   I brought my cat to this clinic and have felt harassed ever since. When I first adopted my cat, the no-kill shelter told me he was ~ 3 yrs of age. When I had his shots and exam at this clinic, the next year they wanted to do a senior panel on him at a cost of nearly $600 because he 'could' be over 8 yrs of age. I ended up having him declawed at nearly $700 and a ton of blood work. 5 days after I picked him up (they wanted to keep him for 3 days for pain management) they called me to say he needed to come in for a leukemia test. What?! You just had him days ago, plus he just had his exam 3 months prio. They said they always recommend quarterly leukemia check-ups. He's an indoor-only cat I said. They said he 'could' slip outside. My dog's vet said every 3 years for this test; however some specialty cat clinics want it every year. When I told her every 3 months she couldn't believe it. Needless to say, I will NEVER go to this vet again. RID: 9818
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Click to report rating    7/31/08   4     5     2     1   NICC is very pricey and there are many reviews that note this on the web. We have had as many as three cats at a one time and our bills have been astronomical. We had to take one of our cats to the emergency pet hospital in Buffalo Grove once when it was near the end of the day at NICC and they could not keep him overnight. The labs and after hours care for the entire weekend were less expensive at the emergency pet hospital than the equivalents were at NICC. Yes, it has good points for being a cat only clinic and as one review notes that they cater to the humans also, but we have had treatments and prescriptions recommended to us that we felt weren't really necessary. We finally decided after the costs of our last well care visit for all three indoor cats was unbelievably high that our local vet is just as caring even if they aren't specialized and don't have all the bangs and whistles. RID: 9518
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Click to report rating    5/9/08   5     5     4     3   Love the NICC and take my two cats there. Have never had bad service but I'm not going to lie, it's not cheap. I look at it like I would a child's care. As for pushing other services and tests on people I'm going to have to disagree. They recommended "packages to me" and I took the new-kitten package for one of my cats and didn't take the (i forget the name of it) other package for my other. It was pretty simple. They told me what they wanted to do and I told them what I wanted to them to do. All they're doing is being cautious. Dr. Miller & Dr. Schmidt have both taken the time to explain everything that they were doing and wanded to do. At no point have I ever been left confused or uninformed. RID: 8439
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Click to report rating    11/14/07   4     5     1     1   I've been bringing my 18-year-old Siamese Mix to the Northern Illinois Cat Clinic for several months now. My veterinarian referred me out because she's not a full service clinic and thus couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. After spending more than $1,000 on my cat, we found out he has Haemobartonella (aka Feline Infectious Anemia) and some intestinal problems. He was taking Doxycycline, but is off it now. He's still taking Prednisolone and Pecid AC has has recently begun taking Pepcid AC. I had him taken in for a dental recently and my bill came to $1,454.34. Now, I knew it was going to be expensive due to his problems, but I feel like I was ripped off. I know my veterinarian would've charged a lot less, probably even half of what the NICC charged me. If Thomas needs anything else done, like an untrasound or biopsy he'll most likely have it done at the NICC. But after that, I want him under my vet's care. IMHO, the NICC leaves a lit to be desired, esp. with punctuality! RID: 6434
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Click to report rating    10/15/07   2     5     2     2   I've been taking my 2 healthy cats there for 8 years and it's been pricey, but I've been happy with the care. However, this last time I was there for the annual exam and they took them in the back for 2.5 hours and then charged me $680. Apparently they ran glaucoma tests and all kinds of other tests without asking me first and they said they needed their teeth cleaned again which they just had last year. That would set me back another $400 minimally. I love my cats, but to spend more than $1000 per year on vet bills when they are perfectly healthy indoor only cats is insane. RID: 6143
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Click to report rating    9/9/07   3     4     2     2   Staff at the clinic has changed and really push to get their sales up. It it all about the money. Care is high quality but sometimes aggressive. RID: 5862
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Click to report rating    8/29/07   5     5     5     5   Our previous vet wasn't able to diagnose kidney disease in our 15 year old cat after >$2K in tests. We took his littermate to this vet a week after he died and they were great. They diagnosed the early stages of kidney disease through a urine test and check her routinely for disease progression. They have been careful on adding to her pill regime and introduced us to "pill pockets" which make pilling a cat very simple. She is now 16 and on several medications - but considering her health issues, she is doing well. They also check her weight (at no charge) between checkups to help us monitor additional health problems that may be occuring. Her brother lost 3 pounds in six months and our previous vet never paid attention. By the way, routine shots cost less here than my previous vet. They offer to write up treatment estimates before work is done so we have the option on what to do. And, gave us an over the counter option on one medication (generic at Walgreens), saving us a bundle RID: 5777
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Click to report rating    8/8/07   1     4     4     2   I have taken my cats to this clinic for over 19 years excep the last two. Everything has changed; all previous staff is gone;the new office mgr is extremely rude. I took my two companion cats in for checkup, vaccination and blood work. I was strong armed for over 20 minutes to do at least $900 more in services. I am disabled on limited income, they were aware of this, but were unrelenting in trying to strong arm me into more. When I refused for the umpteenth time I was ordered to sign a refusal of treatment for each service before they would vaccinate my cats. I was told in so many words that I was not a responsible pet owner. I was so upset;I don't know what they did to my cats as I was not allowed to stay with them for their vaccinations. Dr. Schmidt said they were getting a nasal vaccine because injections cause cancer. Both cats reacted and the male got cancer and will be put down. Dr Schmidt never returned my calls to her. I am devistated! It seems it's all about the money! RID: 5512
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Click to report rating    6/17/07   1     3     2     1   Were only interested in the money. Older lady who was blind and moving into senior home that only allowed one cat had both her cats there for physical exams and to "evaluate" the better(healthier) cat to keep. $800 later they told her which cat was healthier....really took advantage of her (I was her driver) I was very upset for her. should have only take at the most 2 exam prices and 2 bloodworks...rip offs and a blind lady to boot RID: 4624
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Click to report rating    11/27/06   4     4     4     3   Care is high quality but aggressive. They try to pump up their sales. I took my cat in for some follow up blood work, and was surprised they had her down for an annual physical (she's seen the vet 6 times this year) and glaucoma test as well. They push too much treatment in my opinion. RID: 963
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Click to report rating    11/17/06   5     5     5     5   This hospital is the very best in the area. They offer feline only veterinary care. Their equipment is superior to others (my cat needed an ultrasound of his abdomen). Their prices are fair and the staff actually carried my cat to and from the car! RID: 758
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