Cat Friendly Practice
Creative Solutions for Quality Feline Care
Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care in Durham is proud to be a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat-Friendly Practice (CFP) program.
Cats become stressed for all sorts of reasons when they go to the vet. Cats don’t always travel well, they’re sensitive to unfamiliar animals, sights, smells, and sounds and, in general, they usually don’t feel safe when they are away from home.
The CFP program addresses these concerns and raises the standards of feline pet care. Founded in 2012, this program conducts research, identifies trends, and creates solutions for how the veterinary industry can address cats’ unique needs. Our certification through this program means we have a cat-friendly approach to our daily hospital operations.
To become certified, veterinary hospitals must complete a checklist of over 90 items that help make the hospital more comfortable for cats, assuring cat owners that the hospital’s staff is best equipped to care for their feline friends.
Keeping Your Cat Comfortable & Stress-Free Is Our Priority
Our cat-friendly methods include:
- Educating cat owners about subtle feline behaviors
- Giving recommendations for comfortable carriers and handling methods
- Helping owners reduce stress at home before even getting to the vet
We’ve also adopted innovative ways to help cats once they arrive, including reducing noises and smells, providing calming pheromones, and speaking with quiet voices. We allow cats to be in comfortable positions during their exams and to hide or lay on soft towels if they’d like. Our staff has been trained in low-stress handling techniques and in how to provide distractions during exams, and as a result, we are more able to identify stress in our feline patients. We are always open to discussing individualized approaches for every cat!
Our goal as a cat-friendly practice in Durham is to make your cats feel as comfortable and reduce as much stress as possible when they visit Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care so we can help keep them healthier longer!