Anacapa Animal Hospital became the first certified cat-friendly veterinary practice in Ventura, CA by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) (May 2013).
The Cat Friendly Practice program was created by AAFP to improve the treatment, awareness, handling and overall healthcare of cats. Our feline pets out-number the dog population in America by over 8 million. However, according to national statistics, twice as many cats will never visit a veterinarian in comparison to dogs. The AAFP reports 60% of cat owners say their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
“There is a tremendous recognition that while cats are the largest percentage of companion animals in homes, their wellness visits and other types of veterinary care are much lower than for dogs,” said Dr. Elizabeth J. Colleran, AAFP Past-President.
A Cat Friendly Practice also values the owner’s contribution to their cat’s healthcare plan and will make every effort to help you understand your cat’s needs and help you learn what you can do at home to ensure that they get the care they need.
The association pioneered the Cat Friendly Practice program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports a cat’s unique needs and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline friendly handling.
“Having worked in a feline-only practice earlier in my career, I understand the special needs of feline patients and value the unique aspects of feline medicine. Several of my staff members have experience in feline-only medicine, as well, and we’re all so pleased to bring this program to our community.” said Dr. J. Burner of Anacapa Animal Hospital. “We evaluated every aspect of our practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat. We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door into our dedicated cat-only reception area, our patients and clients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health and comfort of our feline patients.”
Our practice has adopted an environment that is less stressful to cats and meets the cat’s unique needs. The practice staff is knowledgeable in ways that they can interact and handle cats so that examinations and procedures will be less stressful.