We’re Certified Cat Friendly
When was the last time you took your cat to see the vet? If you can’t remember, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Many cat owners have difficulty just getting their cat into a pet carrier. According to a Bayer-AAFP study conducted in 2013, approximately 58% of cat owners say that their cat hates going to the veterinarian. 38% say they feel stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the vet! Being poked and prodded in a strange environment can be traumatizing for your feline companion, and many animal hospitals don’t take extra measures to help cats feel more secure.
Here at Groveport Canal Animal Hospital, we understand how different cats are from dogs. We go above and beyond to help cats and their owners have an enjoyable, stress-free visit. That’s why we’re an AAFP Cat Friendly Practice®.
What Do Cat Friendly Practices® Do?
Certified Cat Friendly Practices® work hard to make their feline patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their visits. In 2012, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) designed the Cat Friendly Practice® program because they realized far too many cats were missing out on essential veterinary care. Our ultimate goal is reducing your cat’s stress, so that we can administer the appropriate treatments and give them the best care possible. Below are some of the measures we take to benefit you and your loved one:
- Advising owners on stress-reduction methods before and after their cat’s appointment
- Treating cats in designated “feline only” exam rooms
- Educating our staff members regularly on the most up-to-date feline research
- Training staff to observe subtle indications of pain or illness in felines
- Making sure hospitalization and operating areas include feline-appropriate equipment
- Arranging/designing a physical space with your cat’s needs in mind
Taking Feline Care to the Next Level
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, in 2011, 44.9% of cat owners did not take their cats to see a veterinarian that year. By contrast, only 18.7% of dog owners did not take their dogs to see a vet that same year. We hope that through the CFP program, we can improve this disparity and help owners provide their feline family members with the quality care they deserve.