With an unrivalled love of felines, and after working in clinics where cats were regarded as just “small dogs”, Dr Michaela Avery envisaged a safe space, where kitties and their needs are always the number one priority.

With this idea in mind, The Inner West Cat Hospital was born. Michaela (a resident Inner Westie) recruited Ashley, to embark on a journey to provide the Inner West community with their very first cat-only hospital and feline health hub, right on King St, Newtown.

As a cat owner you more than likely already realise that your cat is no small dog. When they go to the vet, their needs are completely different. When they are not feeling well, the last thing many cats will want to deal with is other animals, especially dogs. The Inner West Cat Hospital is purpose built with only the needs and psychology of felines in mind – quiet waiting rooms, soft closing kennels, hidey holes, state-of-the-art feline specific equipment, medicine and therapeutics and most importantly, no dogs, ever!

Wall to wall friendly pheromone diffusers, purpose-built examination equipment and a special focus on fear-free handling and interactions take a trip to the vet from something to be dreaded, to a positive experience for both you and your cat.

We are ISFM gold-standard cat-friendly accredited and are one of only a handful of NSW vet clinics with this accreditation. We align our beliefs and practices with their guidelines.

We are also a mecca for all things “cat” – from food, to toys, and art. Come visit us and share in our passion for felines and all they stand for.

Meet Our Team


Ashley found her passion for animal care at a young age – as a 10 year old girl growing up in Maroubra she was constantly finding and helping animals in need. It was at this age that she started her first job as an animal care attendant. Here, she found herself taking home many stray animals and her love for hand-rearing kittens began.


Dr. Michaela Avery became completely obsessed with cats after finding a litter of 10 day old kittens in a hedge at age 12. These would be the first of hundreds of foster kittens hand-raised and distributed over the years, and marked the start of a journey to become both a dedicated veterinarian and fully fledged crazy cat lady.