What this means to You
Cat friendly practices are sensitive to the needs of both cats and their owners. Cat friendly practices consider the unique needs of cats in the waiting and examination rooms, handling of feline patients, attitude and knowledge of staff, and the comfort and concern for cats and their owners.
Staff training and continuing education are key. Within a cat friendly practice, clients will find that the staff is well versed in feline handling techniques and can expertly deal with frightened cats. Furthermore, the staff is well trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams and procedures do not escalate anxiety.
Staff training focuses on being knowledgeable about the complete cycle of file life stage issues that require special care and attention. As with humans, health issues change as aging occurs. The frequency of health care visits may need to increase and the course of treatment will be adjusted according to the cat’s individual healthcare plan.
One obvious advantage of a cat friendly practice is a physical environment that is all about the cat including special waiting rooms and waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive examination rooms and ward facilities, and equipment appropriate for cats.
Other areas that are vetted for cat safety and comfort include the operating room and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, laboratory facilities and dentistry practices.
Photos below of our cat treatment area and cat waiting room: