Dolittler: Kitty comforts: How cat-friendly is YOUR veterinary hospital?
Dr. Patty had a great post about what vets can do to make a practice cat-friendly yesterday. I’m proud to say that we meet 9 of her personal top 10 “cat friendly criteria” by providing a waiting room with a small isolated corner that can house nervous cats, having a well-trained and observant team that is sensitive to the needs of cats, offering separate examination facilities and hospital wards for kitties, and minimizing the stressful smells and sounds that are common in veterinary practices.
Dr. Burns and the team had a great opportunity to show our cat-friendliness off yesterday, too, with more than half of the patients that visited being cats. This is pretty unusual, since dogs outnumber cats by about 3 to 1 in the average veterinary practice. We love caring for dogs, but don’t forget your kitties when it comes to veterinary care. Cats, in fact, are quite skilled at hiding very subtle signs of illness, which makes that periodic examination that much more important!