20th October, 2015
4 Paws Vet is awarded internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic status
4 Paws Vet in Neutral Bay has achieved accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC). The CFC programme has been developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of the leading feline charity International Cat Care. It aims to promote well-being and high standards of care for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in a veterinary clinic.
Under the programme, a clinic has to prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria which includes provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients. The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats. Most importantly, staff is trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully, and in maintaining high standards of veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new treatments and information become available.
In order to celebrate this wonderful achievement, 4 Paws Vet will be holding a Fabulous Feline Friendly Fun Day at the clinic on Tuesday October 27th. Practice Principal Dr Ian Russ said, “we are always striving to improve our care for your pets, so this accreditation is an important part of our vision to keep your pets happier and healthier for longer. We are the only clinic on the north shore to gain cat friendly status to date. So come along on the day and help us celebrate. Catch up with our team who will be on hand to answer all your questions, give you some handy tips and take you for a tour of our clinic.”
Charlotte Sykes the clinic’s Cat Advocate, was proud to receive Silver accreditation, “We wanted to make sure that a trip to see our vets was as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners. Cats can get very anxious when taken out of their usual environment, and this may make owners reluctant to seek veterinary attention when their cat needs it. By undertaking Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation, we’ve committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise.”
The International Society of Feline Medicine launched the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative three years ago; to encourage veterinary practices everywhere to make best efforts to improve the welfare of cats in their care. The programme advises practices on how to make their environment as welcoming to cats as possible, as well as providing support in staff training, handling techniques and cat-specific client care.
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