American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Cat Owners

Information for Cat Owners about Cat Friendly Practices (CFP)

CFPIt can be stressful for both the cat and the cat owner to visit the veterinarian. The veterinary visit starts before you even arrive at the veterinary clinic with trying to get your cat in the carrier and the car ride to the practice.

Veterinary clinics are now becoming Cat Friendly Practices. This means that they have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment such as feline-only waiting areas and examination rooms. Their staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

Details on the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice program:

When designated as a Cat Friendly Practice, selected veterinary clinics have proven they have taken specific extra steps to assure they understand a cat's unique needs and have implemented feline-friendly standards.

To get an in-depth look at the AAFP's CFP designation and how it can benefit cats and their owners check out our recent debut on the TV show Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., which aired on The Discovery Channel. (just click the image below.) In addition, the full episode is available on the Innovations website

Additional information can be found in the CFP Cat Owner Brochure.

The AAFP can also provide additional information and tips on how to get your cat to the veterinarian.

Click the video below to see how a Cat Friendly Practice can help you and your cats:

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