Cats are the clear pet of choice, with many more owned cats than dogs (86 million cats versus 78 million dogs in the US). Yet when it comes to a cat's health, we don't always treat them the same as dogs. Cats may be the more popular companion in our homes, but dogs tend to receive more consistent and regular veterinary health care. Surprisingly, cat wellness and veterinary care just don't seem to be as high of a priority among cat owners.
Consider the following statistics:
Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
Of the cats that do visit the veterinarian, they average 26% fewer visits than dogs.
58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the veterinarian.
56% of cat owners would have brought their cat to the vet more often had they known it could have prevented health problems.
We want to help reduce these percentages! We want to help make getting your cat to the vet a less stressful experience for both you and your cat so that your cat can get the care he needs (and deserves).
Navigating the Veterinary Visit
Stress is one of the top reasons for lack of or skipped visits for cats. The stress of transporting the cat along with the cat's reluctance to enter the carrier or a new and unfamiliar environment causes anxiety for both owner and pet alike. Once in the office, there are other potential stressors including dogs or other cats in the waiting area, staff who do not know how to handle cats, and a canine-focused environment. Choosing a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) can be the antidote to stressful veterinary visits for cats.
CFPs Elevate Standard of Care
CFPs are sensitive to cats' distinct characteristics and are equipped to address their physical and behavioral needs, thereby increasing cat owner knowledge, veterinary visits, and ultimately improving the health care of cats by educating owners on the importance of routine wellness visits and preventive care.
Trooper Veterinary Hospital is a certified Cat Friendly Practice which means we practice veterinary care with the cat in mind at all times. We know that cats have distinct needs, both physically and behaviorally and we have made adjustments to our delivery of feline care. Our practice has a designated "Cat Advocate" on staff; this knowledgeable professional leader ensures feline-focused standards are being met and followed.
What to Expect from a CFP
As a CFP, we consider the unique challenges cats face in the waiting and exam rooms. We also consider the special handling that cats require and we always keep the comfort and concern for cats and their owners at top of mind. At our CFP hospital, you will experience cat-friendly features such as:
Skilled Staff – Our staff is well-versed in feline-friendly handling techniques and can expertly treat frightened cats. Our staff is also well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams do not escalate anxiety.
Individualized health care plan – As with humans, health issues change as aging occurs. Our practice creates a health care plan that is specific to your cat. Getting yearly check-ups (and often more than once a year for older cats or cats which special medical needs) can help a condition or disease so it can be treated early on.
Low-stress environment – One obvious advantage of our certified CFP is that we have created a lower stress environment by employing a cat waiting area, a "Cats Only" Entrance, and feline-sensitive examination rooms that employ Feliway™, which is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
We are here to help you get the routine and preventive care that your cat needs. Let us make life easier for both you and your cat. Contact us today for tips on getting your cat here with less stress and see how we can build a healthier future for your cat by seeing them on a regular basis!
Our Cat Friendly Practice has a separate Cat Entrance so as to reduce the potential of your cat encountering dogs (and other distractions) in the lobby.