American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Respectful Handling to Prevent Fear and Pain Position Statement

2010 Respectful Handling of Cats to Prevent Fear and Pain

Download - Full Position Statement on Respectful Handling of Cats to Prevent Fear and Pain

For further information, refer to the Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines.

To create pleasant veterinary visits and keep cats calm, the veterinary team must understand the following:

  • Normal cat behavior
  • Cat communication
  • Body postures associated with fear in cats
  • How cats learn
  • First veterinary visits and kitten classes
  • Training cats to carriers
  • Respectful and effective patient handling.
  • The feline-friendly veterinary hospital

Submitted by:
Ilona Rodan DVM, ABVP (Feline)
Bill Folger, DVM, ABVP (Feline)