While I am a dog, I understand that cats are special and unique in their own ways. For example, Kuroi turns into a completely different cat when he visits the vet office. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t go in for routine checkups and care! Cats are really good at hiding disease (not to mention hiding in general!) RAH understands that cats have different needs than dogs. RAH has undergone some changes and have been approved by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Silver Status Cat Friendly Practice. For starters, if you arrive with a cat, you will almost immediately be taken into our cat exam room. There your cat will be able to acclimate to the room and enjoy the lovely feliway diffuser (this is the pheromone that cats release when they rub their faces on things when they are happy.) During the exam, the RAH staff will work with our feline friends in a non-stressful handling manner. They try to not scruff the cats as this only makes them fearful. I know that not every cat enjoys being around us dogs, so after the appointment a team member will carry your cat in its carrier to the stand next to the reception desk (seen in the picture to the right of the desk). This way the cat doesn’t have to look at any dogs or feel afraid being low to the ground. I think it’s pretty neat that RAH is continually trying to make the vet experience better for my feline friends!
Jun 01 2015