Remembering Dr. Elston
1948 - 2024

Dr. Tom Elston

Often called “the Cat Whisperer,” Dr. Elston was perfectly suited for his profession. In fact, cats were his life’s work, as he was one of the first doctors in the country to specialize in cat-only Veterinary Medicine in the early 80's. His calm demeanor not only put cats at ease, but as he would talk owners through what was going on with their cat, they would often find themselves wishing he were their physician too.


A long and furry history in the industry.

In 1981, Dr. Elston opened the first feline-only veterinary practice in all of New England. By 1990, Dr. Elston decided to move to Southern California to serve the growing needs of Orange County cat lovers.

First designing an award-winning facility in Irvine, Dr. Elston continued improving on the original concept, moving to a location in Tustin in 2004.

In 2013, he also acquired a practice in Marina del Rey so he could provide a fantastic level of service all across Southern California.

In 2018, Orange County residents named T.H.E. Cat Hospital the Best Veterinary Hospital in the OC Register's annual Best of Orange County awards.


B.A. at College of Wooster
DVM at Colorado State University

Special Interests

Internal Medicine


People loved "Dr. E"

Personal Pets

Dr. Elston's Pets


An American Bobtail


A Domestic Shorthair

Awards & Recognition

Awards won

Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite, 2019 Winner
People love us on Yelp, 2019 Award Recipient
Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite, 2019 Winner
People love us on Yelp, 2018 Award Recipient
Best veterinary hospital in Orange County, 2018
People love us on Yelp, 2017 Award Recipient