East Bayites are famous for being crazy about food, but they're also nuts for cats. And no one serves this passion better than the ferociously dedicated vets at VCA Albany Animal Hospital. Doctors Stephen Gardner and Michael Sozanski (both board-certified Cornell alums) lead a crack team of UC Davis grads -- also on site: Dr. Terri L. McGinnis, author of the highly regarded Well Cat Book) -- in the treatment of cats, dogs, and small rodents. We're talking everything from heavy-duty surgery and dentistry to radiology and standard checkups, with competitive prices. The office staff keeps things purring along, and you seldom wait more than ten minutes to see a vet. More important, Gardner & Co. have the uncanny ability to uncover and diagnose problems other vets sometimes miss. They've pulled many a cat back from the abyss -- a testament to their skill and devotion.