On the fence about embracing the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice Program?


On the fence about embracing the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice Program?

The results of a recent survey show how veterinary practices that have been there, done cat, have reaped benefits.
Feb 16, 2018
By dvm360.com staff

The favor of a feline focus. (Getty Images)Good news for cats and for veterinary practices choosing to take the step of becoming certified as cat friendly by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). The AAFP recently released the results of a survey sent out to practices that have become certified. Let’s start with the satisfaction rate, which stands at 99% of those participating, according to an AAFP release.

Why are these practices so satisfied? Some of the tangible benefits, as designated by the survey respondees, include:

  • More cat visits—80% said they have experienced increased visits

  • More cat clients—75% said they acquired new feline patients

  • Smarter care—91% said there was in improvement in feline knowledge within the practice because of a better understanding of cat behavior and an improved ability to read cats’ body language

  • Fewer scratches—61% said there was a reduction in injuries when handling cats

  • More money—79% have increased practice revenue

  • Client buy-in—80% have heard positive feedback from their clients

For more details, see the AAFP's infographic overview of the study’s results.