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5 pillars of a healthy feline environment
In a recent dvm360® interview, Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, described the significance of the 5 pillars of a healthy feline environment while outlining each one.
During an interview at the Fetch dvm360® San Diego conference in California, Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, lead clinician and practice owner of Animal Behavior Clinic located in Portland, Oregon, listed each of the 5 pillars of a healthy feline environment1 and shares the details of each one.
The Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment are from the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP) and ISFM’s Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines. Read more here.
View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript:
Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC: The first [pillar of a healthy feline environment] that's on my list is a safe place and that's really important for any animal...we want them to feel safe and secure and not operating in their world from a place of fear or vulnerability. The second one is multiple, separated key resources and that's also important—especially for cats—the availability or the perceived availability of resources like food or water or toileting locations or places to sleep without being in danger.
- 2013 AAFP/ISFM Environmental Needs Guidelines. American Association of Feline Practitioners. Accessed December 2, 2021. https://catvets.com/guidelines/practice-guidelines/environmental-needs-guidelines