Many cats fear going to the vet, and the stress of the experience can take a toll on both the animal and the owner. In response, the AAFP developed a checklist and certification program for animal healthcare practices looking to make their clinics more suitable for cats. Veterinary care centers that provide this type of environment can earn AAFP’s Cat-Friendly Practice certificate.
In Cat-Friendly Practices, at least one veterinarian is a member of the AAFP. Other staff members must complete professional development modules on feline-specific pain management and treatment strategies.
The waiting area and examination room must also meet certain criteria, such as separate areas for cats and dogs. Veterinarians may also employ innovative handling techniques and place calming feline pheromones into the environment prior to examinations.