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Don't Skip the Wellness Exam

Cats are expert at hiding their illnesses and injuries. And many become stressed out with everything about a visit to the veterinarian, even getting a cat into the carrier before leaving home can be stressful--for the cat and for you. All this makes it easy for us to think, "My cat seems fine. Why go through all that?" This is exactly why many cat parents postpone the wellness exam. And it's why illnesses are often undetected until they become serious, even life-threatening.

Beignet and Sagi ready for a visit to Morrisville Cat Hospital

Don't skip the wellness exam. It's the only way to find medical issues in time for the most effective treatment. It also serves to reduce unnecessary suffering.

In the list below you will find everything a Cat Champion needs to know about reducing anxiety--for the pet and the parent. The first 3 items are types of practices you should know about and the 4th item includes proven methods that you can use to improve the experience for everyone:

1. Fear Free Certifications (for all pets--not just cats)

Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, and developed by hundreds

of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free has become one of the

single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice.

Their programs and courses provide veterinary professionals, pet professionals,

animal welfare communities, and pet owners with the knowledge and tools to look

after both a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Find a Fear Free Certified® Veterinarian by clicking the link below:

2. Mobile Veterinarian (all pets)

Would you rather avoid the trip to the veterinarian altogether? Then let the

veterinarian come to you. Mobile veterinary practices bring veterinary medical care

into your home in the environment that is most familiar to your pet.

Mobile veterinarians provide common services like wellness exams, vaccinations,

and collect samples for laboratory analysis--as needed--as well as most other

procedures in routine care.

A Google search of "mobile veterinarians near me" will return a list of veterinarians

in most areas.

3. Cat Friendly Practice (exclusively cats)

Established by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the

International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM), the Cat Friendly Practice® program

is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing the stress for the

cat, caregiver, and also the entire veterinary team.

In a Cat Friendly Practice you will find an environment that has been designed

especially for cats, and a staff that has been trained in methods to reduce stress in


Find a Cat Friendly Practice® near you!

The American Association of Feline Practitioners is a leader and driving force in

feline medicine. Their members have access to a wealth of resources and

continuing education to further develop their knowledge and expertise in the field

including the Cat Friendly Practice® program.

4. Making the Vet Visit Less Stressful

A set of tips and guidelines to reduce anxiety and keep you and your cat calm when

visiting the veterinarian.

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