It's Official! We are a Cat Friendly Practice!
As you may have noticed, over the past months we have been working
to make our hospital a more cat-friendly place. And now it’s official! We
are an AAFP approved Cat Friendly Practice with Silver status!
You may be wondering - What exactly is a Cat Friendly
Practice, and who are the AAFP? Why is making Rosedale Animal Hospital
cat-friendly important? What is so different about being cat-friendly
vs. being a ‘regular’ vet hospital? And what about dogs - does Rosedale Animal Hospital
still love them? (answer – of course!)
What is a Cat Friendly Practice and who are the AAFP?
AAFP stands for the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Started in 1970, it is an organization of veterinarians who aim to
improve the overall health and welfare of cats. The AAFP started the Cat Friendly
Practice program to help veterinary practices
elevate the standard of care for cats. To become certified, a practice
must complete an application which includes meeting feline-friendly
criteria in ten different areas of their practice, complete an online
checklist, and submit photos and materials supporting their
application. Once submitted, the application is evaluated and must be
approved by the AAFP. Click here to learn more about the AAFP, and here to learn more about the Cat Friendly Practice program.
Why is making Rosedale Animal Hospital cat-friendly important?
It is thought that there are 81.7 million owned cats versus
72 million owned dogs, yet the reported number of cat visits to the
veterinarian has declined dramatically. In fact, many (if not most) veterinary
practices report seeing twice as many dogs as they do cats! As
passionate lovers and caretakers of pets, we believe it is our duty
to promote health and wellness for all pets. But how do we get more
cats to visit the veterinarian? By making it easier for cats and their
owners to come into our hospital – in short, being cat-friendly!
What is so different about being cat-friendly vs. being a ‘regular’ vet hospital?
don’t have to be a veterinarian to know that cats are very different
than dogs. But the reality is that most veterinary practices, when
looked at from a pet’s perspective, are designed with dogs in mind.
Which makes sense when considering that most practices see so many more
dogs than cats. But if our goal is to have more cats get the care they
deserve, we need to start thinking about our practice from a cat’s
perspective. This is where the Cat Friendly Practice Criteria come in-
In order to apply for the program, a practice must meet several criteria
in each of ten different areas:
- Staff Training & Continuing
- Client Communications
- Veterinary Practice / Waiting Room
- Feline Handling & Interaction with Clients
- Examination Room &
- Wards Facilities
- Pain Management / Operating Room
- Surgical Equipment & Dentistry
- Diagnostic Imaging
& Laboratory Facilities
- Treatment / Health & Safety,
- Preventative Care by Life Stages.
What about dogs- does Rosedale Animal Hospital still love them?
COURSE! We are equal opportunity animal lovers. We don’t want to see
any fewer dogs- we just want to see more of their feline friends!