Purr-fect practices

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

With approximately 86 million cats living in American homes, veterinarians are zeroing in on kitty care. The first challenge can be getting a fearful feline into the clinic.

Cats can become agitated when taken out of their routines. That’s why the American Association of Feline Practitioners instituted the Cat Friendly Practice Program to help clinics calm frantic felines and improve cat care.

The University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital is one of a handful of veterinary teaching hospitals that have met stringent requirements to become a Cat Friendly Practice. Staff members at such practices are pros at handling and soothing stressed cats. Waiting areas, exam rooms and hospital facilities are set up with cats in mind. From laboratory and diagnostic imaging procedures to anesthesia and surgical techniques, protocols have been tweaked for cat comfort.

This makes for a purr-fect practice for your feline friend.