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A Cat-Friendly Practice

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness

Going to the veterinarian can be scary for cats. It’s understandable. Most cats don’t regularly go for car rides or leave the comfort of their home. Over the past few months, we have been working to improve vet visits for our feline friends and their families by making the experience less stressful. Our St. Louis City and Chesterfield locations have been certified as a Cat-Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Our Maryland Heights location is expecting to receive their official certification announcement any day now!

A few of the changes we’ve made in our clinics:

  • Special exam rooms. When cats enter an examination room where a dog has been, it can make the cat upset. We have designated exam rooms for cats only, and if the cat prefers, he or she can explore the room while they wait for the doctor to come in.
  • Calming pheromones and treats. In each of our feline exam rooms, you will notice a diffuser plugged into the outlet. This is a calming pheromone. Learn more about pheromones here.  We also provide warm towels with the calming pheromone for the cat to cuddle. Plus, our feline rooms also have yummy treats for the cats to enjoy (don’t worry if your cat is watching her weight, they are lean treats!).  
  • Waiting areas away from dogs. We try to get our feline friends into their exam room right away, but if the room isn’t available immediately, we want our cats and their people to be comfortable in our waiting room. We’ve designated areas away from dogs and loud noises to make the wait more enjoyable.
  • Staff training. Our veterinarians and technicians have been trained on feline handling, behavior, stress reduction, and more. They participate in continuing education and are always perfecting their cat expertise.

We are proud to be certified as a Cat-Friendly Practice and hope to see you and your cat soon!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.