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Cats are becoming the pet of choice and the number of cat owners is increasing at a faster rate than the number of dog owners. Animal Hospital of Statesville is a certified Cat Friendly Practice. We evaluated all aspects of our practice from a cat's perspective to create a more positive experience for our feline patients.

CATS ARE LESS LIKELY TO VISIT THE VETERINARIAN THAN DOGS

  • 41% of cat owners visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations.
  • 39% of cat owners say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if they were sick.
  • 60% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
  • 38% of cat owners report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the veterinarian.

COMMON STRESSORS

  • Cats do not like the carrier and traveling to the practice.
  • Pet owners are stressed by getting the cat into the carrier and transporting an anxious cat.
  • Some cat owners feel practices may not be aware of how to handle fearful or stressed cats.

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FELINE PRACTITIONERS (AAFP) OFFERS THE CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE PROGRAM:

  • Practices need to understand cats and their distinct needs.
  • Practices need to provide an atmosphere that allows for a positive visit.

cfp CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICES ELEVATE HEALTHCARE:

• Staff Training & Education About Cats
• Physical Design & Environment
• Appropriate Equipment to Meet Feline Needs
• The “Cat Advocate”





THE RIGHT STAFF: (CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE STAFF)

  • Understand cat owners and the challenges of transporting cats.
  • Are familiar with cats and can take note of the behavior.
  • Know how to handle cats.
  • Are familiar with “cat friendly” techniques
  • Are interested in the best wellness and preventive care for your cat

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STAFF IS READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO ASSIST:

Our Staff Will:
Advise cat owners on the most appropriate way to transport the cat to the practice.
Help cats and owners have a positive visit.
Provide a warm, friendly welcome upon arrival.
Exhibit good cat handling techniques.
Provide timely, detailed patient updates.
Enroll in continuing education courses.



Our Physical Environment Has Cats In Mind

A Cat Friendly Practice has a different look and feel to accommodate the cat’s distinct needs.

THE EXAMINATION ROOM

  • Clean and hygienic
  • Safe and spacious
  • Comfortable

WELL EQUIPPED FOR CATS

  • Essential equipment appropriate for feline use.
  • A thorough consultation process allowing time for cat to become acclimated.
  • Ability to hospitalize cats in a comfortable setting to meet their unique needs.

We love cats as much as you do, that is why we are a Cat Friendly Practice.

WE INVITE YOU TO:

  • Tour our practice.
  • Speak to our staff.
  • See for yourself that Cat Friendly Practices can make a difference in the practice experience and health of your cat.

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CAT OWNERS BROCHURE TO DOWNLOAD IS:

Cat Friendly Brochure

ACTUAL CAT OWNER WEBSITE IS:

Cat Friendly Community for pet owners

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Clinic Hours

Monday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Pet Resort Hours

Monday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed