Our Cat Friendly Practice Serves Patients in the Bangor & Ellsworth Area
It can be stressful for both cat and owner to visit the veterinarian, whether your feline companion is sick or it is simply a wellness visit. Before you even arrive at our hospital, you must get your cat into a carrier and experience the trauma of a car ride. Lucerne Veterinary Hospital understands these stresses for cats. We are a certified Cat Friendly Practice to meet the needs of our sensitive feline friends.
What is a Cat Friendly Practice?
Veterinary hospitals that are Cat Friendly Practices have made changes to reduce stress and provide a calming environment for feline patients. These changes include amenities such as feline-only waiting areas and exam rooms.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recognizes the unique challenges and difficulties in bringing your cat to the vet, including:
- Cats often do not travel well.
- Cats do not feel safe when they are away from their normal home territory.
- Cats are highly sensitive to unusual sights, sounds, and smells.
- Most cats prefer quiet and solitude.
- Most cats are highly susceptible to stress and anxiety.
- Most cats are highly stressed by dogs and other cats being in close proximity to them.
- Cats need to be handled gently, with care and respect in the practice.
- Cats have unique medical requirements that Cat Friendly Practices are capable of providing.
Lucerne Veterinary Hospital meets the requirements put forth by the AAFP, addressing these concerns for our cat patients and their human families. Our staff is trained in feline friendly handling and cat behavior, to improve the veterinary experience for your special cats. We offer amenities such as climbing platforms, cat boxes, and Feliway diffusers in our “kitty exam room” to comfort our patients.
How Do We Become Cat Friendly?
To be designated as a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, veterinary hospitals must prove they have taken specific extra steps to assure they understand a cat’s unique needs, and have implemented feline friendly standards.
10 areas of concern in the hospital include:
- Staff Training & Continuing Education / Client Communications
- Veterinary Practice / Waiting Room
- Feline Handling & Interaction with Clients
- Examination Room & Clinical Records
- Wards & Facilities
- Pain Management / Operating Room & Anesthesia
- Surgical Equipment & Dentistry
- Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory Facilities
- Treatment / Health & Safety
- Preventive Care by Life Stages
Check out this brochure about the Cat Friendly Practice.