• Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital achieves ''Gold Standard'' status as Cat Friendly Practice

    February 19, 2019
    Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital Implements Cat Friendly Practice Program
    Cat Friendly Designation Elevates Cat Care
    North Port, Florida 2/19/19 – 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 Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital is committed to ensuring that cats get the best care.  And, to further its dedication, the clinic has implemented the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program to offer pet owners more at every phase of the cat’s health care process.
    “We are committed to providing quality care to our feline patients,” said Kandi Norrell, owner and veterinarian of Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital.  “As a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council and previous clinical assistant professor at a veterinary teaching hospital, I have been an advocate for improved cat care and friendlier handling for many years.  Statistics clearly show that for owners to bring cats in for regular preventative care, the veterinary visit must be more positive for both them and their cats.”
    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 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.”
    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 appropriate specifically 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 expressions 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.
    Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital Boosts Cat Care
    “We evaluate every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat” Norrell 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 improved health of our feline patients.”
    For more information about Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital, visit us as
    https://gulfcoastscratchingpost.com/ or call 941-200-5779
    Kandice Norrell, DVM
    (941) 200-5779
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