Certified Cat Friendly Practice
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice and patient care, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine.
By becoming a Certified CFP (Cat Friendly Practice), we have taken steps to reduce the stress associated with vet visits, increase the quality of care provided to our feline patients and support our team in making changes that consider a cat's distinct needs and behaviors.
What Is A Cat Friendly Practice
By becoming a Cat Friendly Practice, we have made a commitment to provide a superior feline experience. Here are a few things you can expect when you bring your cat in for an appointment:
- 'Cats Only' Entrance
We have a separate entrance for your feline friend so that your cat doesn’t have to encounter unnecessary traffic (both human and dog) in the main waiting area. This “Cats Only” entrance leads to a cat waiting area that is separated from the main lobby by a frosted glass barrier, limiting visual contact between your cat and other pets/people. These efforts help to reduce the stress that can be associated with noise, other pets, and unfamiliar smells that your cat will encounter while waiting for their exam.
- Cat-Friendly Trained Staff
Our staff members have been trained in how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner. We understand the individualized needs of cats including feline-specific facial and behavior cues. By understanding these cues, we can adapt our approach to best suit your cat.
- Feline Centric Exam Rooms
Each exam room adjoins directly to our cat waiting area and has a loft on the treatment table for your cat to nestle under or jump on top of. This provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined calmly and effectively.
- The Use of Feliway®
Feliway® is a synthetic copy of feline facial pheromones. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway® can create a sense of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment, which in this case is the carrier or treatment room.
We even offer Feliway®-treated carrier covers in the waiting room that you can drape over your cat's carrier to help them relax while waiting to be examined.
- Cat Friendly Homes Resources
Cat Friendly Homes is powered by feline veterinarians to provide credible and trustworthy information on a variety of feline topics. Below are some links to valuable resources on the Cat Friendly Homes website.
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Tips For Bringing Your Cat To The Vet
Do you have a difficult time getting your cat to the vet? As a Certified Cat Friendly Practice, we would like to give you some tips for making the trip to the vet a little easier!
Please check out our blog below for advice on how to make your cat's trip to the vet as smooth and comfortable as possible.