It all starts with getting your cat into the carrier, then comes the harrowing car ride to the clinic, followed by the stress of managing a fearful or angry feline in the examination room. Most cat owners agree that taking their cats to the vet is not easy. Cats are creatures of habit, and are highly sensitive to the scary sights, sounds, and smells associated with the veterinary clinic.
At Clairmont Animal Hospital, we understand the challenges of bringing your cat or kitten in for a visit. We’re proud to hold a Cat Friendly Practice certification by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and are excited to share what this designation means for you and your cat!
What Is a Cat Friendly Practice?
The Cat Friendly Practice program is designed to increase the overall quality of veterinary care for feline patients, by reducing stress and making visits more comfortable for both cats and their caregivers. At our Cat Friendly Practice, you can expect the following:
- A separate, feline-only waiting area, specifically designed to reduce stress associated with noise, other pets, and unfamiliar smells.
- A staff that understands the unique needs of cats and are trained in feline-friendly handling techniques.
- An overall calming environment for your kitten or cat.
- Feline-friendly equipment, tools, and procedures.
- An individualized approach aimed at developing a care plan based on your pet’s specific needs.
- Continuing education to ensure that all staff members are up-to-date on the latest in feline care research and techniques.
Preventive care is vitally important for the well-being of any pet, and cats are no exception. Regular wellness examinations allow us to get to know your pet (and you!), and gives us the chance to catch and treat any health problems early, before they become serious. Regular wellness exams increase longevity in cats and make for a healthier life overall.
When you bring your cat to a certified Cat Friendly Practice, you can trust that your sweet pet will be receiving the absolute best care possible. The safe and non-threatening waiting area and examination rooms allow us to fully assess your individual cat in a slow, calm manner. This also gives us the opportunity to discuss all of the treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Sometimes, just getting your cat in the car is half the battle. For helpful tips, we recommend reading through the AAFP’s brochure Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian. And, as always, our staff is ready and willing to assist you in any way possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns regarding your cat’s next visit.
We look forward to seeing you both soon!