Leading Off: Do you see cats? Then you need these environmental guidelines
If you answered "No" to any of the above questions, the 2013 AAFP and ISFM Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines, produced by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the International Society of Feline Medicine, are for you. (Download a PDF at http://jfm.sagepub.com/content/15/3/219.full.pdf.)
What you'll find
The guidelines address the benefits to meeting cats' environmental needs and understanding cats and their species-specific needs. It also addresses the five pillars of a healthy feline environment. It is essential to meet cats' needs and allow them to express their natural behaviors, to prevent stress and undesirable behavior, and to improve feline health and welfare. The recommendations in the guidelines apply to all pet cats, regardless of lifestyle (indoor vs. indoor/outdoor) and location (home, veterinary practice, or shelter).
Incorporating these guidelines into your practice and client education can help prevent or reduce behavior problems and stress-associated illness and enhance the relationship that cat lovers have with their cats and with your practice.
Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP (feline practice)