We are excited to announce that we are now a Certified Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Going through the training and changes required to attain this certification means that you and your cat can enjoy a stress-free visit to our clinic!
With the comfort of your cat in mind, we implemented techniques that will help to keep them calm. This includes the use of pheromones, feline-only spaces, and feline-specific equipment and procedures. Our staff has been specially trained to handle cats to prevent stress during examinations and procedures.
What It Means to Be Cat Friendly
As a cat friendly practice, we have met the following guidelines (list of guidelines provided by the AAFP: How Can I Benefit):
They make an effort to have a calming environment.
They have incorporated a waiting room/area that reduces stress associated with noise, other pets or unfamiliar smells (methods can include feline-only area, separate space with barrier blocking visual contact, cat-only appointment times, going directly into the exam room, etc.).
Staff are trained to understand the individualized needs of cats including feline specific facial and behavior cues.
They implement the Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines to facilitate a more positive experience.
They use a slow approach to achieve positive results.
They develop an individual plan based on your cat’s specific needs, preferences and behaviors.
They implement ways to make you and your cat be as comfortable as possible.
Staff continually obtain education on the most current feline research and guidelines.
They will help ensure that you are a valuable member of your cat’s healthcare team and help you understand your cat’s needs and what you can do at home to ensure they get the care they need.
Many use synthetic feline facial pheromones for a calming effect.
Many have a feline-only examination room that provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined calmly and effectively.
They have experience to recognize subtle, early signs of fear or anxiety and adapt appropriately.
Their cat ward, hospitalization area and operating room have been assessed to include appropriate feline equipment, tools and procedures.
These changes help to provide a positive experience when visiting the veterinarian, and therefore ensure that your cat can be cared for to the fullest extent. To learn more about why you and your cat deserve a Cat Friendly Practice, read the AAFP Owner Brochure.
Other Ways to Help Your Cat
Even when you take your cat to a Cat Friendly Practice, you still face the challenge of getting them into the carrier, through the car ride and to the appointment. If this is a stressful task for you and your cat, we recommend that you view the AAFP’s brochure on Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian. You are also welcome to ask any of our staff for tips on getting your cat in or out of his/her carrier.
For even more information cat care, the AAFP offers many Educational Cat Owner Brochures online.