iStock_000012298746_LargeThere are many good reasons to choose a veterinary clinic that is cat friendly. By friendly, we mean both accommodating to you and your feline friend as soon as you walk in the door, as well as providing excellent care for your kitty.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, cats are the top pet in the United States, with more than 3 million feline homes, but are less likely to receive veterinary care. This is an enormous disservice to our whiskered friends, since they, too, require wellness care to get the most out of their lives.

Feline Fears and the Dreaded Veterinary Visit

So, why is it we are so reluctant to take our cats to the vet? It certainly doesn’t mean we love them any less. But, still…there is some hesitancy.

What we have found is that many veterinary practices are not set up to provide a calming environment for kitties. With multiple-animal (and oftentimes small) waiting areas, a cat experiencing stress can be easily set off by barking dog or rowdy parrott patient. And, what loving feline parent wants to put her cat through that?

Additionally, cats require a unique understanding – of their preferences, their need for privacy when under stress, and the specific nuances to careful handling and examination.

Fortunately, veterinary practices (such as EACC) are now taking a much more feline-tailored approach to their cat patients. In doing so, there is no need to avoid the visit. In fact, preventive care forms the basis of longevity and quality of life. And, we want these benefits for our cats, too.

Cat Friendly, Cat Focused

While most veterinary clinics will tell you they are cat friendly, there are some specific qualities to look for. When selecting a practice for your cat, keep a checklist of some of the more significant characteristics that will meet the needs of your feline companion.

  1. A thorough understanding of cat behaviors: strong connection to territory and stress when removed from such, noise and scent sensitivity, and anxiety around other animals and travel
  2. Adept in feline veterinary medicine, including many years of in-depth experience diagnosing and treating diseases and illnesses specific to cats
  3. A gentle approach to physical examinations, interactions, and anxiety de-escalation
  4. Facilities, examining rooms, and equipment suitable, if not exclusively for, successfully treating feline patients
  5. A true love and affinity for cats

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center focus on meeting the needs of our feline patients by providing an atmosphere and services especially for them. While our whiskered friends may be a bit more subtle, we want them to receive no less than the very best care – from preventive medicine to surgery.

To learn more or to schedule a feline wellness exam, please call us.