The American Association of Feline Practitioners publishes guidelines for practice excellence. You will find more information and a link to download a copy of each of the guidelines by clicking on the title of your selection below.
2013 Fluid Therapy Guidelines
guidelines produced by AAHA and AAFP provide practitioners with much needed
information on best practice in the administration of fluids during specific
2013 Environmental Needs
NEW - The AAFP & ISFM have released the Environmental Needs Guidelines.
These Guidelines were established to address the needs of pet cats in any environment, including home, veterinary hospital and shelter.
2012 Feline-Friendly Nursing
These Guidelines were established to provide the entire veterinary team with the resources and recommendations necessary to implement basic nursing care concepts.
Client Handout (print-ready): Nursing Care for Your Cat - Practical Tips for Pet Owners
2011 Feline Friendly Handling
These Guidelines were established to provide useful information for handling cats to create a less stressful experience for feline patients while meeting their medical needs. Included is a client handout to teach cat owners how to decrease the stress associated with the veterinary visit.
Client Handout: Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian
2010 Long-Term Use of NSAIDs in Cats
These Guidelines were established to provide practical information for veterinarians to encourage appropriate NSAID therapy whenever cats will benefit from the use of these drugs.
2010 Feline Life Stage Guidelines
These Guidelines were established to outline an evidence-
based life stage wellness program to aid the veterinary medical team in delivering the best comprehensive care for cats.
2008 Senior Care Guidelines
These Guidelines were established to assist the veterinary team in encouraging preventive care to improve the quality of life of senior cats, and to define screening and treatment of senior cats. Included is a client handout to teach cat owners how to care for older cats.
Client Handout: Friends for Life, Caring for your older cat
2008 Feline Retrovirus Management
These Guidelines were established to assist in diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of FeLV and FIV infections.
2007 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines
These Guidelines were developed to educate and inform members of the veterinary profession. These recommendations reflect a combination of expert opinion, personal experience, and scientific studies.
The 2006 Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report
This Panel Report was developed to aid practitioners in making decisions about appropriate care of patients with respect to currently available vaccines.
2006 Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Bartonella spp.
This Panel Report was developed to answer questions commonly presented to veterinary clinicians or Bartonella spp. researchers, and was created using consensus viewpoints when possible and evidence-based medicine.
2004 Feline Behavior Guidelines
These guidelines were developed to support veterinarians by providing practical information and client educational materials to successfully incorporate feline behavioral medicine into every practice that offers feline healthcare.
2003 Zoonoses Guidelines
These guidelines were developed to communicate the most common cat-associated illnesses that are encountered in small animal practice grouped by route of transmission and to recommend ways to minimize dangers associated with cat ownership and to those providing cat health care.
2001 Basic Guidelines of Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in Cats
The Basic Guidelines to Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in Cats were designed to provide information to aid practicing veterinarians in choosing appropriate antimicrobial therapy to best serve their patients and to help minimize the development of antimicrobial resistance.