The Endless Benefits of a Cat Friendly Practice
Cats are America’s top pet, but they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care and support as their counterparts. Some of this is due to the stress and fear related to traveling, but a major deterrent for cats and their owners is the cold, scary environment of many veterinary hospitals. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we’re prepared to change that perception with our cat friendly practice, and we’re positive you’ll see the difference.
It’s well documented that cats visit the vet less often. Allowing routine wellness visits to slide can drastically affect a cat’s overall health and longevity. However, when visiting a cat friendly practice, cats receive the care they need while experiencing less stress and fear.
Establishing a good rapport with a cat is easier during kittenhood. Certainly, cats of all ages can learn to love the vet’s office, but if we can convince a young cat that we care for them, routine care is more likely in the long run.
What it Means
The American Association of Feline Practitioners developed the concept of a cat friendly practice to support the health needs of cats. This means we care about reducing the stress experienced by cats and improving the quality of care among our team members. In other words, we go to great lengths to see our world through your cat’s eyes and hope to make it a soothing place.
We have to complete a thorough checklist as part of our cat friendly accreditation. This includes:
- Waiting and exam rooms that are separate from the ones used by dogs (“cats only”)
- The liberal use of Feliway, feline pheromones proven to calm cats via diffusers throughout our cat friendly practice
- Up-to-date on feline research that allows us to develop an individualized health plan for your cat
- Feline-friendly handling techniques (minimal restraint)
- Slip-free mats that enable quick, calm, effective examination
When we decrease your cat’s fear and stress at our cat friendly practice, we hope to increase the effectiveness of preventive medicine. When we see your cat regularly, we can catch developing problems before they get out of hand and treat them accordingly. Common issues, like diabetes or kidney disease, have better outcomes when addressed early on.
Remember, cats are hardwired to mask any signs of illness or injury.
Similarly, when we see your cat regularly, we can ensure that he or she is up-to-date on all vaccinations and parasite prevention. Likewise, we take the time to discuss nutrition and the importance of ongoing dental care. Consistent attention to your pet’s changing needs can add years to his or her life and more enjoyment to your own. Working as a team with you, we can gain valuable insight into your cat’s well-being from your observations at home. After all, you know your cat best and little things you see will help us focus on specific areas, to ensure the best care for your feline friend.