Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital Recognized as Cat Friendly Practice

Published on July 18, 2017

Snohomish veterinary hospital achieves gold status from American Association of Feline Practitioners for incorporating optimal level of cat-friendly features

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital has been recognized by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) as a Cat Friendly Practice, gold status.

The AAFP pioneered the Cat Friendly Practice 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. There are two levels a practice may obtain: silver or gold. Gold is for practices that have incorporated the optimal level of cat-friendly criteria according to the program.

“There is a tremendous recognition that while cats are the largest percentage of companion animals in homes, their wellness visits and other types of veterinary care are much lower than for dogs,” said Dr. Elizabeth J. Colleran, AAFP past president. The Cat Friendly Practice program was created to improve the treatment, handling and overall health care of cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary practices with the tools, resources and information to elevate the standard of care for cats.”

Deborah Carlson, DVM, who leads PVH’s Cat Care Center, explained, “We evaluated every aspect of our practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat. We can proudly say that from the minute they arrive, our clients and feline patients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients. We are happy to offer Snohomish area cats and cat owners this extra level of service and care.” 

Specific features of Pilchuck’s Cat Care Center include:

  • Separate parking area and waiting area away from canine patients, to prevent unnecessary anxiety for cats
  • Feline-only exam room, designed to be small and less intimidating for cats
  • Staff trained in feline-friendly handling
  • Private feline ICU with individual kitty condos that block external noise 

For more information, call 360.568.3113 or visit pilchuckvet.com/dogs-cats/cat-care-center.

Take a tour of the Cat Care Center on Pinterest.