The F-word: A dvm360 Leadership Challenge


Is the word feline practically taboo in your practice? Are you frustrated because youve tried things that havent worked? Are you really more of a dog person? Youre not alone. Check out this info from dvm360 and strategies from your veterinary peers.

Don't shy away from the F-word in veterinary practice. When it comes to felines, whether it be four, five or 400, look to dvm360 to find the love for these furry friends-and even their owners-with cat-friendly practice fixes to get finicky felines to feel at home and make their medical care far better.

The F-word: dvm360 survey takes the feline pulse

We started this Leadership Challenge by asking dvm360 readers a number of cat-related questions: What's the status of the feline portion of your practice? Where are you with declawing?

The state of feline pain control (and how it compares with canine)

This exclusive research from dvm360 shows that when pain management is optional, dogs are more likely to get it than cats.

How to steal your cat owners' hearts

Don't keep your affection for cats a secret-let your feline flag fly in front of your veterinary clients.

Prefer canines? Maybe it's time to go dog-only

This veterinarian decided to focus on the species she really loved-and has seen her practice grow as a result.

Why we love our...

Feline fanatics and devoted dog lovers debate the pros and cons of each species, but in the end we love them all.



Four kitties ask: "Which veterinary client owns me?"

Using flash cards to learn is a fun brain game for children, but they could hold a lesson for you too when it comes to understanding cat owners.

Frugal design-for felines

Sometimes all that's needed is a little creativity to help your feline patients feel better about being in your clinic.

Falling for felines

Why these three veterinarians are inspired to give cat patients better care.

It's catnip for cat clients!

If only it were that easy to attract new cat clients. Check out new data on how veterinarians are attracting new and lapsed cat-owning clients.

Help clients chillax so their pets can, too!

She flies into your veterinary exam room, a whirling fury of claws and teeth. And if you can just get her to chill out, you might get her cat to relax too.

Our IKEA hack: Create a kitty parking area

Cats and dogs-the AAFP Cat Friendly Practice checklist says you gotta keep 'em seperated. But that's easier said than done, am I right? IKEA to the rescue!

DIY: Build a better cat trap

If you build it, cats will come. Use this wooden bench solution for your feline exam room-and never use the “chase-and-net” technique for catching cats again.

Cat got your tongue? 4 tips to talk to cat owners

Confess: Do you stand behind the veterinary exam table and “blah, blah, blah, hairball, blah, blah blah, litter box" at clients? Jane Brunt, DVM, CATalyst Council Executive Director, offers the purrfect words to connect with cat owners. (P.S. There are kittens here. Playing. It's really cute, we promise.)

Client handout: What the brush?!

Help your veterinary clients brush up on their cat grooming skills with these five sorta easy steps. 

Quick cat stat: Calm cat owners for calmer cats

A new study shows why you need to tame fraidy cats-whether they're people or kitties.

Check meowt in the exam room

Make speedy exits a snap for cat (and dog) owners with a check out station in your veterinary exam room.

Relaxation station: Create a pheromone station at your front desk

Watch this 51-second video to see how a pheromone station can work to calm visiting cats at your veterinary clinic.

Cat-in-a-box: A Fear-Free health hack

Use this cat tested, cat approved tip to create a safe haven for kitties visiting your veterinary practice.

Flip your script to fix relationships with cats

Go beyond what meets the eye and see that your "fractious" and "frazzled" feline patients are actually trying to tell you something different with their body language.

Feline posture: A visual dictionary

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran shares the subtle body language of frightened felines that you and your team should take note of.

Feline ancestry: Understanding the wild child

Hear about the wild origins of cats and how ancient instincts come into play in your clients' households.

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