The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered the CFP program to help veterinary practices to create a framework that creates an less stressful environment for cats.
This includes providing medical care and designing facilities that support the cat’s unique needs.
Staff training has produce knowledgeable staff members who understand felinefriendly handling.
Some things that can cause a cat anxiety include aversion to carriers and car rides, sensitivity
to new sights, sounds, and smells, and the added stress of an unfamiliar location or
experience. Understanding these obstacles helped to shape the CFP program. Its continued
dedication has been to put the needs of cats first.
Manor Animal Hospital has challenged its doctors and staff to review its facilities, equipment,
procedures, and protocols keeping cats in mind. At a CFP-designated clinic, the veterinary
team incorporates cat-friendly features into every aspect of their day. The staff has learned to
understand the needs of the cat by reading its body language and facial expressions. They
have learned what gestures can be interpreted as threatening to kitties. And they have realized
that a “scary” cat is really a “scared” cat. In order to calm that frightened kitty, staff has been
well-trained in alternate techniques that are more calming for the anxious cat and that try to
ensure that exams and procedures do not escalate anxiety and fear.