Cat+Friendly+Practice+Logo+FINALWe are proud to hold a Cat Friendly Practice certification by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. We have gone above and beyond to ensure that a visit to our hospital is stress-free for you and your cat. Our hospital was designed with the comfort of your cat in mind, and our staff is trained to handle your feline friend in a way that will make their visit much more relaxing than a typical visit to the vet. To become a certified Cat Friendly Practice requires meeting a series of standards set out by the AAFP. Because we hold to these standards, you can expect a visit to our hospital to be a refreshing change from other veterinary visits with your cat. Read the AAFP Owner Brochure to learn why you and your cat deserve a cat friendly practice.

We understand that even with an appointment at a Cat Friendly Practice, actually getting your cat to our hospital may be stressful. This is why we encourage all of our cat-owners to read the AAFP’s brochure, “Getting Your Cat To The Veterinarian.” If you would like even more educational information on caring for a cat, you can view all of the AAFP’s Educational Cat Owner Brochures online.

As a cat friendly practice, we have met the following guidelines (content provided by the AAFP: How Can I Benefit):

 They make an effort to have a calming environment.
 They have incorporated a waiting room/area that reduces stress associated with noise, other pets or unfamiliar smells (methods can include feline-only area, separate space  with barrier blocking visual contact, cat-only appointment times, going directly into the exam room, etc.).

 Staff are trained to understand the individualized needs of cats including feline specific facial and behavior cues.
 They implement the Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines to facilitate a more positive experience.
 They use a slow approach to achieve positive results.
 They develop an individual plan based on your cat’s specific needs, preferences and behaviors.
 They implement ways to make you and your cat be as comfortable as possible.
 Staff continually obtain education on the most current feline research and guidelines.
 They will help ensure that you are a valuable member of your cat’s healthcare team and help you understand your cat’s needs and what you can do at home to ensure they  get  the care they need.
 Many use synthetic feline facial pheromones for a calming effect.
 Many have a feline-only examination room that provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined calmly and effectively.
 They have experience to recognize subtle, early signs of fear or anxiety and adapt appropriately.
 Their cat ward, hospitalization area and operating room have been assessed to include appropriate feline equipment, tools and procedures.