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The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. Awarded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the veterinary practice must meet specific criteria in order to become a Cat Friendly Practice®. These Cat Friendly Practices® take extra steps to provide the best care and experience for you and your cat.

What You Can Expect at a Cat Friendly Practice®:

 

Veterinary Teams Who Understand Cats
Cat Friendly Practice® team members are trained in feline-friendly handling which makes a tremendous difference in decreasing the stress and fear during the visit.

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    • All staff shows a gentle and empathetic approach when handling or restraining cats. Care is taken to minimize stress to the cat during handling, examinations and procedures.
    • Staff recognizes when a cat is becoming fearful or anxious and responds appropriately. Team avoids forceful restraint and “scruffing” of cats.
    • The practice has a written standard operating procedure for how to handle cats.
Comprehensive Care
Comprehensive Care
Cat Friendly Practices® provide a thorough feline health care check-up. They will also leave the parts of the check-up that might be most uncomfortable for your cat until the end. This helps keep them calm throughout the rest of the exam. They will also spend time discussing other important topics for your cat such as a nutritional assessment, possible changes in behavior, weight, prevention, and healthcare plans.
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Physically Designed with Cats in Mind
All Cat Friendly Practices® must meet certain physical requirements to receive the designation.

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    • Veterinary facility is well-maintained, hygienic, and thoughtfully equipped for feline patients.
    • Facility has a dedicated operating room, hospitalization ward, basic laboratory equipment, radiography, and ultrasound equipment.
    • Best practice protocols are followed for hospitalization or boarding to ensure cats are well cared for and safe. Additional steps are taken to reduce the stress on the cat while away from home (i.e. bedding from home – familiar scent, hiding boxes, place to perch, etc.).
    • Team members are trained to recognize the signs of feline stress associated with hospitalization. Staff considers the emotional state of the cat when developing treatment and discharge plans.
    • Optimally, cages should not be facing each other.
    • Health, emotional, and pain assessments of hospitalized patients are monitored and measured daily and addressed appropriately.
    • Practice has strict protocols regarding the judicious use of antimicrobials in cats.
Comprehensive Care
Comprehensive Care
Cat Friendly Practices® provide a thorough feline health care check-up. They will also leave the parts of the check-up that might be most uncomfortable for your cat until the end. This helps keep them calm throughout the rest of the exam. They will also spend time discussing other important topics for your cat such as a nutritional assessment, possible changes in behavior, weight, prevention, and healthcare plans.
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Superior Feline Healthcare
Cat Friendly Practice® …

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Comprehensive Care
Comprehensive Care
Cat Friendly Practices® provide a thorough feline health care check-up. They will also leave the parts of the check-up that might be most uncomfortable for your cat until the end. This helps keep them calm throughout the rest of the exam. They will also spend time discussing other important topics for your cat such as a nutritional assessment, possible changes in behavior, weight, prevention, and healthcare plans.
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The Cat Friendly Practice® Program is Designed to:

  • Help reduce stress associated with veterinary visits.
  • Improve the quality of care provided.
  • Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff is educated and knowledgeable about your cats’ distinct needs and behaviors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Program Sponsored by:

Program Supported by:
Kit4Cat | Wedgewood Pharmacy

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Cat Friendly Practice® is a program conceived and developed by International Cat Care.