Feline Friendly

About Feline-Friendly Practice

Partners for Healthy Pets understands that delivering veterinary services to cats is a different breed of care. That's because a visit to the veterinarian is often traumatic for a cat, which can make cat owners reluctant to bring them in.

Although some veterinary practices are exclusively dedicated to the care of cats, others would like to develop an increased focus on feline healthcare. Whichever category your practice falls into, here you'll find tools and resources to help your practice maintain or develop a strong emphasis on felines.

How do you get started?

  1. For a quick overview of the topic click on the article entitled, Pouncing on Opportunity from Trends magazine
  2. Click on the 60 minute web conference entitled, Becoming a Cat Friendly Practice to learn more about the AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Program
  3. During your next staff meeting click on the link entitled, CATalyst Council Cat Friendly Practice videos. Then as a team, view and discuss several of the videos.
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Pouncing on Opportunity


The Pouncing on Opportunity article from the May issue of Trends magazine provides additional discussion related to the Cat Friendly Practice Program.


 

Becoming a Cat Friendly Practice (60-minute Web conference; provides 1 hour of CE credit)


Presented by: Elizabeth J. Colleran, DVM

Recommended for veterinary professionals and practices who want to:

  • Understand trends and research on owned cats and the veterinary care they receive
  • Learn techniques to become cat friendly in all areas of medical care
  • Discern the unique baseline species information regarding behavior, health, and environment
  • Discover and use the new Cat Friendly Practice Program

Overview:
The number of pet cats is increasing, but the number of cats visiting veterinarians is on the decline. That's because many owners forego necessary routine care to avoid the stress the visit brings to the cat and the owner. This webcast offers strategies to lessen the stress of the veterinary visit and create a more cat-friendly practice. Improving your understanding of your feline patients' needs creates a win-win for all involved—the cat, the client, and the practice.


 

AAFP Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines (60-minute Web conference; provides 1 hour of CE credit)


Presented by: Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP

Recommended for veterinary professionals and practices who want to:

  • Better handle cats in a manner that greatly reduces feline fear and fear-associated aggression, and subsequently human injury
  • Develop a standard operating procedure for handling cats
  • Educate team members and clients how to prevent feline stress during veterinary visits

Overview:
A majority of cat owners state that their cat hates to go to the veterinarian, and almost 40% of clients think veterinary visits are personally stressful. This lack of visits results in poor feline health and welfare, and less successful practices. During this Web conference, you'll learn about respectful feline handling and gain a better understanding of normal feline behavior. Learning these relatively simple newer handling techniques will prevent feline fear and fear-associated aggression, improve job satisfaction and safety, and get cats back into your practices.


 

AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Program


AAFP

The Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program contains the tools for practices to integrate a feline perspective and embrace the standards needed to elevate care for cats.

The Cat Friendly Practice program seeks to transform and elevate the delivery of feline veterinary care by:

  • Laying the groundwork for the delivery of care to the underserved feline population.
  • Identifying trends and baseline species information essential for understanding cats.
  • Acknowledging the essential role of the cat owner in the veterinary visit.
  • Providing support to veterinarians and their teams to create a cat friendly practice environment.
  • Outlining strategies for introducing changes in the delivery of care that incorporate a better understanding of the cat’s distinct needs and behaviors.

 

CATalyst Council Cat Friendly Practice Videos


New video segments designed to help assist veterinary teams about ways to enhance feline visits to the veterinarian.

  1. Cats & Carriers: Friends not Foes
  2. The Best Place to Examine a Cat
  3. Tips for Examining a Fearful Cat
  4. Massage to Calm an Anxious Cat
  5. Getting a Cat Out of the Cage
  6. Handling a Cat for Lab Sample Collection