Consider the following: According to the AVMA’s 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, there were 74 million pet cats in the U.S. in 2011, and 20 million of them went to the veterinarian only when they were sick. Out of all cat-owning households in the U.S., about 45 percent of them never made a trip to the veterinarian in 2011.
These are alarming statistics. Add to the equation the fear and anxiety both cats and their owners often experience when going to the veterinarian, and the challenges associated with providing the best cat care you can really mount.
Partners for Healthy Pets is here to help you reverse these trends. The Partners understand that delivering veterinary services to cats is a different breed of care, particularly when a visit to the veterinarian can be traumatic for a cat, making cat owners reluctant to bring them in.
The Partners’ feline-friendly practice tools can help your practice boost cat visits and improve cat health. Whether your practice is dedicated exclusively to the care of cats or you would like to develop an increased focus on feline healthcare, the Partners’ Feline-Friendly Practice Toolbox will provide you the means necessary to help your practice maintain or develop a stronger emphasis on cats and their care.
Once you open the Feline-Friendly Practice Toolbox, you’ll find:
- A 60-minute webcast on becoming a cat-friendly practice
- A 60-minute webcast on the American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines
- An AAFP cat-friendly practice program, and
- Instructional videos from The CATalyst Council on how you can enhance cat visits at your clinic.
It’s been said that a person can’t own a cat; the best you can do is be partners. With the help of feline-friendly practice tools from the Partners for Healthy Pets, you and your clients can help make this partnership a happy and healthy one.
The Partners are committed to working with veterinarians to enhance the health of your patients and your practice. Our goal is to help you build better relationships with pet owners so that you can help them understand the value of preventive healthcare. Working together, we can help ensure that more patients can benefit from what you do best. If you missed the last four Partners for Healthy Pets AVMA@Work installments, here are links to items about Internet marketing and social media, preventive pet healthcare plans, communicating the value of preventive pet healthcare, and canine and feline preventive healthcare guidelines.