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

February 16, 2018

On the fence about whether to embrace the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice Program for your veterinary practice? These survey results may change your "May we?" to "Mais oui!"

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.