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Calvert Veterinary Center Implements Cat-Friendly Practice Program

May 18, 2017

The cat is king. With cats being one of the most beloved pets in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall wellbeing of the feline population. Whether it’s a routine checkup or special visit, the doctors and staff at Calvert Veterinary Center are committed to ensuring that cats get the best care. To further its dedication, the center recently implemented the Cat-Friendly Practice (CFP) program and received gold-level certification to offer pet owners more specialized care at every phase of the cat’s health care process. Calvert Veterinary Center is the only veterinarian in Pasadena with this honor and one of only four feline-friendly gold-certified practices in Maryland.

“We are committed to providing high-quality care with a gentle touch to our feline patients,” said Dr. Christine Calvert of Calvert Veterinary Center. “When we heard about the CFP program, we knew it was time to take a fresh look at our practice to determine what could be done to make the veterinary visit more positive for cats and their owners.”

Program Puts Cats First

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 doctors and 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, president of the 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 shape the CFP program and its dedication to putting the needs of cats first.”

At a CFP-designated clinic, the veterinary staff incorporates cat-friendly features into the physical environment of the practice including special waiting rooms or waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive examination rooms and ward facilities, and equipment specifically designed for cats. Staff members also approach cat care in a different manner. The staff learns how to 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.

Calvert Veterinary Center Boosts Cat Care

“We evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat,” Calvert said. “We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door, our patients and clients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients.”

For more information about Calvert Veterinary Center, visit www.calvertvet.com or call 410-360-PAWS (7297) to make an appointment for your pet.


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