cfpfbphoto2013-2-150x150We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the title of Cat Friendly Practice! With cats being the most beloved pet in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall well being of our favorite felines. Whether it is a routine checkup or special visit, our team is committed to ensuring cats get the best care available. To further our practice’s dedication to this goal, we decided to implement the Cat Friendly Program.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered this 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. As a Cat Friendly Practice we incorporate cat friendly features into the physical environment of our clinic including a special waiting area for cats, feline sensitive examination rooms, and equipment appropriate for cats. We also train our staff members to understand the needs of felines, such as how to interpret a cat’s facial expression and body language, and ways to reduce anxiety during the exam.

mona-red-150x150“We evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat,”Dr Rhoades said. ” We make every effort to ensure 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 improved health for our feline patients.”

We are very excited about this new recognition for our clinic, and look forward to incorporating our new techniques at your next visit with your beloved feline!