The AAFP Welcomes Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital to the Cat Friendly Practice Program.
Cats are purring their way into the hearts and homes of the American public and Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital proudly announced that it has been recognized by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) as a Cat Friendly Practice.
The cat is king, with more than 86 million cats loved as pets, compared to 78 million dogs. With the number of people choosing cats steadily increasing, the AAFP has initiated a program to improve the health care and overall well-being of the growing feline population. A Cat Friendly Practice is committed to learning ways to make the office visit more pleasant for cats while helping their owners learn ways to contribute also.
A Cat Friendly Practice has adapted an environment that is less stressful to cats and meets the cat’s unique needs. The staff at the practice is aware of ways they can interact and handle cats so that examinations and procedures will be less stressful. A Cat Friendly Practice also values the owner’s contribution to the cat’s healthcare plan and will make every effort to explain the cats’ needs and teach what can be done at home to ensure that they get the care they need.
Why Cat Friendly?
“There is a tremendous recognition that while cats are the largest percentage of companion animals in homes, their wellness visits and other types of veterinary care are much lower than for dogs,” said Dr. Elizabeth J. Colleran, AAFP past-president. The association pioneered the Cat Friendly Practice program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports the cat’s unique needs, and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline friendly handling. The Cat Friendly Practice program was created to improve the treatment, handling and overall healthcare of cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary practices with the tools, resources and information to elevate the standard of care for cats.
Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital
“We are committed to providing quality care to our patients. When we heard about AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice Program, we knew it was time to take a fresh look at the practice to determine what could be done to make the veterinary visit more positive for cats and cat owners,” said Nancy Black of Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital. “We evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat. We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door, our patients and clients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients.”