Barton Heights is officially a certified Cat Friendly Practice!

Barton Heights is officially a certified Cat Friendly Practice!

We can’t be more excited about achieving official status by the AAFP, American Association of Feline Practitioners, as a cat friendly practice. In doing so, Barton Heights is the only veterinary hospital within a 40 mile radius uniquely qualified to provide exemplary care for your cat.

What is a cat friendly practice?

If you don’t know what it means to be a certified cat friendly practice, let us tell you. Certification as a cat friendly practice means that we have made changes to our hospital to better accommodate feline patients. It means that our veterinarians and staff have been trained in gentle handling techniques for cats. It means that we are able to provide the highest level of medical and preventative care for our feline patients while offering you, the cat owner, education and information on the unique health and environmental needs of cats.

Why is it important?

Despite the fact that cats are now the most popular pet in the United States, statistically they receive less regular veterinary care than their canine counterparts. Many cat owners cite the difficulty and stress associated with bringing their cat to the veterinarian as the main reason for avoiding veterinary visits.

Our receptionists and staff are available to help you overcome some of the difficulties with getting your cat to the veterinarian. We have many tips and techniques to offer in making the transportation to the hospital as free from stress for you and your cat as possible. Take advantage of our private “Feline Only” waiting area. This is a portion of our lobby set aside exclusively for our feline patients to provide a quiet and safe place away from the noise and sight of dogs.  Our goal is to provide as smooth and stress free of a veterinary visit as possible for your cat.

Another reason cats do not often receive regular veterinary care is the perception that they do not need it. Cats instinctually hide illness and often appear healthy despite underlying illness or pain. We are committed to providing both preventative and medical and surgical care for all of our feline patients. Regular annual and semi-annual examinations are crucial to detecting early signs of illness in your cat. Let us help you provide the care your cat deserves.

Find more information on the Cat Friendly Practice certification process and what it means for you and your cat.

For more information on what it means to be a certified Cat Friendly practice as well as tips on cat care, visit the AAFP website at and click on the Cat Friendly Practice tab. Or, give us a call. We are happy to talk with you about the high level of care we can provide for your special feline.

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