Manhattan Cat Specialists | Dr. Arnold Plotnick, Upper West Side New York City Feline Veterinarian
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Dr. Plotnick and the staff at Manhattan Cat Specialists strive to provide the highest quality medical care and service to the discriminating urban cat owner. Manhattan Cat Specialists Crispy

As recently as twenty years ago, cats received very little medical consideration.  Veterinary care consisted mainly of vaccination, neutering, and spaying, and cats were generally considered less worthy or deserving of sophisticated medical services. Over the last twenty years feline medicine and surgery have undergone a significant transformation.  Feline medicine and surgery are now approaching the same level of sophistication as that seen in human medicine.  Manhattan Cat Specialists’ goal is to continue to advance the cause of feline medicine.  Our job is to provide the best possible advice regarding the health and well-being of our feline patients, and to provide exceptional care while maintaining, at all times, good business practices, a sound professionalism in our manner when dealing with clients, and the highest standards of veterinary medicine.

A History of Manhattan Cat Specialists  

Manhattan Cat Specialists is a full-service, feline-exclusive veterinary facility located on the Upper West Side of New York City. It was founded by Dr. Arnold Plotnick, a board certified small animal internist.  Dr. Plotnick, while employed as Vice President of the ASPCA, conceived of the idea opening a feline-exclusive veterinary facility in late 2001, shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center.  With businesses reeling from the consequences of the attack and New York City’s economy struggling in the aftermath, Dr. Plotnick realized that there was no better time to pursue his dream of owning his own feline specialty hospital. In forming Manhattan Cat Specialists, Dr. Plotnick felt that he could help revitalize the city’s economy and create new jobs, albeit on a relatively small scale.  A determined and relentless search for an appropriate location finally yielded an ideal site, at 230 West 76th Street, just west of Broadway.  Armed with blueprints, ideas, advice, and support from friends, family, and colleagues, construction and renovations began in October of 2002. Three months later, on January 2nd, 2003, Manhattan Cat Specialists opened its doors to the public.

Manhattan Cat Specialists offers the highest quality feline health care to the discriminating urban cat owner, in a warm and professional environment.  Health care services are individually tailored to suit the needs of both cat and client. 

Manhattan Cat Specialists invests in its employees, maintaining a work environment that is relaxed, low-stress, and welcoming.  Employees are actively encouraged to make meaningful contributions to the organization and to the community.

Office visits

Office visits are by appointment.  We ask that your cat be confined to a carrier to avoid any mishaps.  Cats feel more secure and are safer when restricted to a carrier.  You may arrange your appointment by calling us at 212-721-2287, or via e-mail at .

Convenient Admission and Pick-Up Service

Manhattan Cat Specialists is open early, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., allowing you to leave your cat in the morning for examination, surgery, dentistry, and then pick your companion up on the way home.  MCS is open Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 6p.m.

Our location

Manhattan Cat Specialists is located at 230 West 76th Street, just west of Broadway. We are easily accessible by subway via the 1,2, or 3 trains, at either the 72nd Street or 79th Street station.  Cross-town busses run along 72nd Street and 79th Street, stopping at Broadway, leaving you 3 or 4 blocks from our practice.  Busses also run along Broadway, stopping between 75th and 76th Street, leaving you half a block from our facility.  Click here for maps.  We are also easily accessible by taxi cab.

Cats for Adoption

Manhattan Cat Specialists collaborates with a select group of adoption agencies so that we may offer, on occasion, kittens or cats for adoption.  We test all kittens and cats for the feline leukemia virus and the feline immunodeficiency virus.  All kittens are then vaccinated and de-wormed appropriately before being placed with loving and caring owners (many of whom happen to be our own clientele).  Clients interested in adopting must fill out an adoption application and, if selected, they need to sign an adoption contract.  The adoption fee includes all physical examinations, vaccinations, fecal examinations, nail trims, and de-wormings required in their first six months of life, as well as spaying and/or neutering.  Visit our adoption page & gallery for more info.


Manhattan Cat Specialists

230 West 76th Street  |  New York, NY 10023  |  212-721-2287

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