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The Cat Friendly Practice®

Delivering health care 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.

The Cat Friendly Practice® is a veterinary practice that strives to provide the best health care possible in an environment that fosters the best experience for the cat and for the owner.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners awards the certification.

The veterinary practice receiving the certification has met all the requirements established by the recognized leader in feline health care in the United States.

The entire staff has been trained in cat friendly methods and procedures.

When you choose a Cat Friendly veterinary practice, you may expect your cat to receive caring attention from veterinary staff that understands the unique needs and behaviors of cats, all in an environment that makes the visit less stressful for the cat and for you.

The following explanation of what the cat parent can expect from certified practices is taken directly from the Cat Friendly website,

" You can expect your Cat Friendly Practice® to:

  • Understand the unique needs and behaviors of cats.

  • Have a feline-friendly environment and make veterinary visits more cat-friendly.

  • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner.

  • Have the appropriate equipment and facilities needed to diagnose and treat feline patients.

  • Meet specific standards for the facility and care of hospitalized cats.

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is designed to:

  • Help reduce stress associated with veterinary visits.

  • Improve the quality of care provided.

  • Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff is educated and knowledgeable about your cats’ distinct needs and behaviors."

~~Cat Friendly Practice®,

Find a Cat Friendly Practice® near you.

If you don't currently have a veterinarian, or if you would like your cat to benefit from a less stressful veterinary experience, then you will want to visit the Cat Friendly website to learn more about the program and use their link to search for a certified Cat Friendly Practice near you.


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