Legacy Veterinary Clinic is certified as a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) via American Association of Feline Practitioners.

The cat is king. With cats being the most beloved pet in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall well-being of the feline population. Whether it’s a routine checkup or special visit, the staff at Legacy Veterinary Clinic is committed to ensuring that cats get the best care. And, to further its dedication, our clinic recently implemented the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program to offer pet owners more at every phase of the cat’s health care process.

As a CFP-designated clinic, Legacy Veterinary Clinic incorporates cat-friendly features into the physical environment of the practice including special waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive/feline-only examination rooms and ward facilities, and equipment appropriate specifically for cats. Our knowledgeable staff members also approach cat care in a different manner. They understand the needs of the cat such as how to interpret a cat’s facial expression and body language. Furthermore, the staff is well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams and procedures do not escalate anxiety.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered the CFP program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports the cat’s unique needs and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline-friendly handling.

“The AAFP realizes that cats present unique challenges before, during, and after a veterinary visit,” said Dr. Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline) & President, American Association of Feline Practitioners. “Some things that can cause a cat anxiety include aversion to carriers, sensitivity to new sights and smells, and the added stress of an unfamiliar location or experience. Understanding these obstacles helped to shape the CFP program and its dedication to putting the needs of cats first.”

To learn more about the special steps we take to ensure a pleasant stress-free veterinary visit for your feline friends, please contact us at Legacy Veterinary Clinic (587-625-0748).

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