We are proud to announce that the Animal Wellness Center’s Gold Status as a Cat Friendly Practice has been renewed. The AWC was one of the first hospitals in the Twin Cities to achieve Gold Status in 2011 as the Cat Friendly Practice Program was launched by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)! Currently, we are one of 209 Gold Status Clinics in the United States.
The AAFP launched the Cat Friendly Practice Certification Program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats. This includes both medical care dedicated to the needs of cats as well as knowledgeable staff members who understand feline friendly handling and nursing care. The goal is to improve the treatment, handling and overall healthcare of cats.
As a Cat Friendly Practice, we are committed to continuing to learn ways to make your cat’s visit more pleasant. We also have adapted an environment that is less stressful to cats and meets the unique needs of cats. Here are some of the guidelines we are following as a practice to help with the needs of our feline patients:
- Feline-only exam rooms. We have exam rooms available that are to be used for only our feline patients. This reduces the potential odor from canine patients, which can be stressful for our kitties.
- Use of Feliway and cat-sacs. We utilize multiple techniques to help reduce the stress of our kitties, including Feliway (which is a natural pheromone used to reduce stress) and cat-sacs, which allow our fearful patients to hide during an exam.
- Anesthesia. Our feline patients are treated as individuals and each anesthetic protocol is designed to fit their medical needs.
- Handling techniques. Our skilled technicians are trained to handle our feline patients with techniques that reduce their stress.