I-20 Animal Medical Center is a Certified Cat Friendly Practice

I-20 Animal Medical Center is certified as a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Certification requires completing a comprehensive checklist of performance criteria to verify that staff members are especially qualified and dedicated to making every visit as pleasant as possible and beneficial for you and your cat.

What is a Cat Friendly Practice?

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recognize that there are unique challenges in bringing your cat to a veterinary practice, such as:

-  Cats often do not travel well
-  Cats do not feel safe when they are outside their home environment
-  Cats are highly sensitive to unusual smells, sights and sounds
-  Most cats prefer quiet and solitude
-  Most cats are susceptible to stress 
-  Most cats are stressed by dogs and other cats present in a practice setting
-  Cats need to be handled gently and with care
-  Cats have unique medical requirements that Cat Friendly Practices are capable of providing.

What is the Cat Friendly Practice Certification?

The AAFP created the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program and certification to assist veterinary hospitals meet the unique needs of cats that require veterinary care. An extensive checklist was designed to demonstrate that our practice:

-  Understands the unique needs of cats making veterinary visits more cat-friendly 
-  Understands how to approach and handle cats in a gentle and caring manner
-  Has appropriate medical and diagnostic equipment needed to diagnose and treat feline diseases
-  Has facilities which meet a standard of care for hospitalized cats

What Does the CFP Status Mean to You?

A trip to the veterinarian may be a stressful situation for some cats, so one of the goals of the Cat Friendly Practice program is to create a more calming environment. Staff members have been trained in how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner.

The Cat Friendly Practice certificate has to be earned. Certified veterinary hospitals must meet a comprehensive checklist of performance criteria to verify that staff members are especially qualified and dedicated to making every visit as pleasant as possible and beneficial for you and your cat.

A veterinary practice that has earned a CFP designation shows that it has demonstrated higher levels of commitment and excellence in feline medicine. You can be confident your cat will be given exceptional care and attention through all phases of the visit including examinations, procedures and hospitalization.

What to Expect from a Cat Friendly Practice

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Each Cat Friendly Practice has at least one designated “Cat Advocate” on staff- a knowledgeable professional who ensures that your cat’s care is guided by feline-focused standards. Cat Advocates are chosen for their experience, understanding, empathetic manner and willingness to help answer any of your questions. Dr. Cindi Welch and Dr. Lindsay Robinson are both “Cat Advocate” veterinarians at I-20 Animal Medical Center.

Our goal is to help provide you with various ways to enhance your cat’s health and well-being. We are here to advise you on unique feline needs in areas such as nutrition, routine checkups, environmental enrichment, behavior and other essential issues. Our skilled CFP team can help your cat be healthy and happy.

What is the Association of Feline Practitioners?

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is a professional organization representing feline practitioners who are passionate about the care of cats. The AAFP is dedicated to advancing the field of feline medicine and surgery by setting the standards of feline care through the publication of practice guidelines, position statements, and by providing continuing education.

Through publications, education, and thriving relationships with other organizations, the AAFP engages the veterinary community and its members by facilitating the exchange of scientific data and ideas.

I-20 Animal Medical Center is proud to accept recognition and certification as a Cat Friendly Practice.