Cat Friendly Practices® (CFP)


It can be stressful for both you and your cat to visit the veterinarian. The veterinary visit starts before you even arrive at the veterinary clinic with trying to get your cat in the carrier and the car ride to the practice. 58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian and 38% report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.

Now veterinary clinics can become Cat Friendly Practices® (CFPs). When designated as a CFP, veterinary clinics have proven they have taken specific extra steps to assure they understand a cat’s unique needs, have implemented feline-friendly standards, and have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment, such as feline-only waiting areas or exam rooms.

Veterinary staff have also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

To get an in-depth look at the AAFP’s CFP designation and how it can benefit cats and their owners check out our recent debut on the TV show Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., which aired on The Discovery Channel (below).

Additional resources for AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice® program:

• What is a Cat Friendly Practice®?

• How can I benefit from visiting a Cat Friendly Practice®?

• Can I search for a Cat Friendly Practice® in my area?