On January 16, 2012, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) rolled out its newest initiative, Cat Friendly Practice (CFP). This new program encourages practices to become more accommodating to the distinct needs of cats, provides strategies for achieving this, and details the benefits of being cat friendly for cats, clients, the veterinary team, and the practice. The program was created by AAFP to help increase feline visits by giving practitioners the guidelines and resources they need to build and maintain a practice that is welcoming and prepared to support the delivery of care to felines.
- AVMA – Feline Friendly Handling Can Lead to Cat Friendly Practices
- Compendium – Editorial: Feline Friendly: Frivolous Fad or Priceless Paradigm Shift?
- JAVMA – New program helps practices become cat-friendly
- AAFP and ISFM – Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines and Feline-Friendly Nursing Care Guidelines
The CATalyst Council and American Humane have created a list of websites for general cat information; behavior, environment, cat-friendly practice, and transportation; nutrition and diet; medical care and education; parasite prevention; shelter and welfare; CATalyst Council organizations and representatives; and media. Click here for the downloadable PDF.
- Cat Friendly Practice Tips: The CATalyst Council offers a collection of short presentations designed for you to use in sections or as a whole to shape your practice to best cater to cats and cat owners.
The CATalyst Council has created several videos that can be shared with your clients (consider linking to them on your own website!) on everything from feline nutrition to adopting in pairs to getting their cat to the veterinarian to carrier “how to” training.
- Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian
- Cats & Carriers: Friends not Foes
- The Best Place to Examine a Cat
- Tips for Examining a Fearful Cat
- Getting a Cat out of a Cage
- Handling a Cat for Lab Sample Collection
Feline Behavior Articles
Click on the listed links below for articles on feline behavior for your practice and your clients.
- How Veterinarians Can Help Prevent Redirected Aggression between Cats
- Four Keys to a Happy and Harmonious Multi-Cat Household
- How to Introduce Dogs to Cats (or the other way around!)
Client Education Materials
AAFP has created the following client resources for your practice. The infographics can be printed out and shared, or posted to your website and online social media or marketing pages. The articles/flyers (in PDF format) can be printed out, posted in exam rooms, and copied to be handed out to clients.
- Top 5 Benefits of Routine Exams You May Not Know About: Infographic
- Top 5 Benefits of Routine Exams You May Not Know About: Article/Flyer (PDF)
- Top 5 Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Vet Visits: Infographic
- Top 5 Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Vet Visits: Article/Flyer (PDF)
Powered by feline veterinarians, catfriendly.com provides cat caregivers with reliable educational information about their cat’s innate behaviors, the importance of routine veterinary care, how to take great care of their cat, and answer many of their most pressing questions, such as why does their cat scratch? Veterinary professionals can use the website as a resource to share with clients and also link to it on their practice website and social media pages. The importance of fostering a close relationship with a veterinarian is highlighted throughout the site and caregivers are encouraged to contact their veterinarian for both sick visits and vital routine preventive care check-ups.
Dumb Friends League Solutions — Cat Spay and Neuter Clinic
The Dumb Friends League has opened a new spay/neuter clinic for cats as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the number of cats on our streets and in shelters. The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic offers fully subsidized (no-cost) spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including owned cats, feral cats, trap-neuter-return (TNR) cats and community cats (tame or feral free-roaming cats). Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery, regardless of income.
The new facility and spay/neuter program are being funded for a three-year period by generous grants donated by the Animal Assistance Foundation, PetSmart Charities® and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), as well as by the Dumb Friends League.
The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic is located at PetAid Colorado on 191 Yuma St. in Denver, conveniently located in central Denver near I-25 and 6th Avenue. The clinic is operated by the Dumb Friends League and staffed by members of the Dumb Friends League veterinary team. View FAQs.