Cat Friendly Practice

By November 12, 2015

Gold Level Cat Friendly Practice

At Animal Clinic in Sussex we are a certified Gold Level Cat Friendly Practice.  We have taken this additional step and have made many modifications to both our facility and also our approach to feline patients to elevate the level of care we catfriendlycan deliver to your cat.  We know that a visit to the veterinarian can be a stressful event and we do our best to reduce this stress.

Waiting area and Feline-only wards

When you first enter the waiting area, you will notice that we offer a separate waiting area for dogs and cats! Our feline only waiting area is a more quiet and peaceful area to try to allow them to remain calm when they first enter the practice.  In our feline-only exam room, we employ the use of the Feliway pheromone diffusers which help to calm and relax your cat.  For our cats that need to remain in the hospital, we have a feline-only ward that is separated from the dogs and again is a quiet place.  The feline wards have multiple levels for them to climb on to or hide underneath.  We also have cat toys, laser pointers and treats to try to make their visit as pleasant as it can be!

Feline Friendly Handling

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Patient comfort is a priority during this abdominal ultrasound

Our veterinarians will try to work with your cat to perform a very thorough physical examination.  We use feline friendly handling techniques and are attentive to subtle behavior ques your cat may give to know how to best minimize their stress. We know that routine veterinary care is the best way to identify health conditions or diseases before you may even know there is a problem and this is why it is so important to have regular examinations. Cats are very adept at disquising and hiding disease and so often they may have been ill for awhile by the time an owner is aware that there is a a problem. If we can identify these conditions sooner and intervene we may be able to improve their quality of life and help them to live longer.

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Minimal restraint for a blood draw