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Feline Behavior. Do you have a freaky feline or crazy kitten? You are not alone. Dr. Carney offer comprehensive feline behavior consultations and the most advanced cat medical care available in the veterinary field.


Idaho’s Cat Doctor

As veterinary medicine advances in treatment and therapy, behavior is an increasingly important component of the human and animal bond. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP), behavior problems remain the leading reason for euthanasia in pet cats. For cats that stay in their homes, unacceptable behaviors increase family stress and elicit inappropriate punishments — resulting in a decreased quality of life for the cat and deterioration in the human/animal bond.

When owners understand feline behavior and what their cats view as a healthy environment, families can achieve a more harmonious living situation.

Because Dr. Carney limits her practice to cats, she offers a very specialized scope of services for treating feline behavior problems including aggression and eliminating outside of the litter box.

Causes of House-soiling Behavior

The most common behavior complaint is “my cat is not using its litter box all the time.”  Any cat that has discomfort when urinating or defecating may at some time eliminate outside its litter box.

The most common causes of discomfort are Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC), bladder or urethral stones and urinary tract infections, Age-related arthritis, and other medical conditions may cause the behavior. Cats that feel socially threatened will house-soil by spray marking their homes or leaving puddles of urine or stool in unacceptable locations.

The answers to the questions in this basic questionnaire will help Dr. Carney determine what your cat is trying to tell you when is showing discomfort when eliminating or is not routinely using its litter box.

Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism

Feline Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disease of older cats. This disorder results from a tumor that produces too much thyroid hormone and brings about metabolic changes in your cat. Left untreated, this disorder is fatal.

Symptoms include:

  • weight loss
  • fluctuations in appetite and energy level
  • fever
  • rapid heartbeat
  • excessive water intake
  • diarrhea

Treatments include the use of radioactive iodine (I-131), medical management, nutritional management or surgery. Dr. Carney is a nationally recognized feline veterinarian who helped pioneer the use of Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy and continues to provide it in our area.

Dr. Hazel Carney, WestVet Feline Specialist
Hazel C. Carney

DVM, MS, DABVP, Feline Behavior And Medicine

2022 Appointment Availability


  • Tues, 2/1 WestVet AM
  • Wed, 2/2 WestVet AM
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  • Mon-Thurs, 2/14-18 Four Rivers I-131 week    

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  • Wed, 7/28 WestVet AM


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  • Mon-Fri, 3/14-18 Four Rivers I-131 week

  • Tues, 3/22 WestVet

  • Wed, 3/23 WestVet AM

  • Wed, 3/30 WestVet AM


  • Wed, 4/6 WestVet AM

  • Mon-Fri, 4/11-15 Four Rivers I-131 week
  • Tues, 4/19 WestVet AM
  • 4/20-5/11 OUT OF OFFICE


  • Wed, 5/11 WestVet AM
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  • Wed, 5/25 WestVet AM
  • Tues, 5/31 WestVet AM



Cat Owner Guidelines & Helpful Tips

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has developed multiple resources for cat families.

Dr. Carney, a leader in the feline veterinary industry for more than 25 years, is one of only eight veterinarians nationwide that serves as a panel member and co-author of AAFP guidelines.

Access the online booklets below:

Listen to Dr. Carney on the Pet Doctor Podcast:

The Feline Fountain of Youth

She discusses how to help your senior cat enjoy a healthy and happy life.

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