Cats require a different breed of care. Whether your practice is exclusively dedicated to the care of cats or would like to develop an increased focus on feline healthcare, free, downloadable tools from Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) can help.

The Feline-Friendly Practice series includes two web conferences, a series of videos, and other valuable resources to assist the practice team in minimizing stress for cats and clients.

Becoming a Cat-Friendly Practice: This web conference, presented by Elizabeth J. Colleran, DVM, offers strategies to lessen the stress of the veterinary visit and create a more cat-friendly practice. This means improving your understanding of your feline patients' needs to create a win-win for all involved—the cat, the client, and the practice.

Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines: Developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and presented by Ilona Rodan, CVM, DABVP, this web conference will help your team learn about respectful feline handling and gain a better understanding of normal feline behavior.

AAFP Cat-Friendly Practice (CFP) program: The CFP program equips practices with the tools, resources, and information to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare of cats 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 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: These short segments cover the basics of enhancing feline visits, including the best place to examine a cat, how to massage and calm an anxious cat, and handling a cat for a lab sample collection.

The AAFP has many informational resources to help veterinary teams become more knowledgeable about feline behavior and cats’ unique needs, like print-ready brochures for cat owners. Topics include getting your cat to the vet, feline house-soiling, environmental needs, and more.

Also available is a PDF of the article “Pouncing on Opportunity” from the May issue of AAHA’s Trends magazine, which provides additional discussion related to the Cat-Friendly Practice Program.

Handling cats takes a certain kind of knowledge and discipline. These resources from PHP provide the tools you need to become or continue being feline friendly.

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