We love cats here at March Animal Hospital and we want them to know it! We are in the process of becoming a Cat Friendly Practice, which is a certification awarded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. As a member of the AAFP (and our head crazy cat lady), I am working on an extensive checklist to ensure that we are providing the best care possible for your precious feline.
Why is this so important to us?
Unfortunately, your cat is usually not as happy to see us as we are to see them. Despite there being more owned cats than dogs in the US, cats make up only a small proportion of our daily appointments. Cats need routine care just as dogs do. Whether your cat is here for their annual wellness exam, or if they are sick, we want to make sure both of you have a positive experience.
What changes are we making?
Cats now enter our building through a separate entrance and are escorted immediately to our feline specific exam room. This eliminates the stress that cats experience while in the waiting room.
We have also increased our staff training to improve our feline care and meet their specific needs. Cats are not small dogs, so they show illness in different ways and require different methods of handling.
We are also continuing to uphold our commitment to the highest quality medical care for your cat( and your dogs too!)
When will it be official?
Our checklist is almost complete, so hopefully our Cat Friendly status will be official within the next few months!