What does a cat-friendly clinic mean? The accreditation program, run by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), has been developed to raise the standards of care and welfare of cats in the veterinary clinic and to provide veterinarians with practical solutions to problems that they often face when dealing with your feline friends. Cat-friendly Clinics is a worldwide program to enable clinic staff to become well educated in maintaining a positive visit for our patients. To be successful the accreditation process looks at the standards of our hospitalisation practices for felines, waiting areas, specific cat handling procedures and also the professional development committed by the staff members of the practice.
Because of our felines unique nature and needs, we take the care of your cat very seriously in every aspect. In all of our clinics, you will notice designated spaces just for your felines as you wait to see the vet. Dogs are not be permitted to sit with your cats as this can cause stress. We provide your cat with an elevated surface as cats love to sit up high and it provides them with the security to see more. If your cat would prefer not to see more, no problem… there are towels available for you to cover their cages. We encourage the use of a product called Feliway to be sprayed onto the towel. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat's natural pheromones, Feliway helps to create a state of familiarity and security in the cat's environment.
We understand that it can be stressful bringing your cat into the clinic, but we like to assure you that we have measures in place to make your pets visit the best it can be.
All four AdelaideVet clinics are accredited. Ask one of our friendly team members for more information!
Written by Tayla Atkinson – Senior Veterinary Nurse