Fe­line stress

Hal­i­fax Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal on Quin­pool Road be­comes cer­ti­fied as “cat-friendly.”

The Coast - Pets Halifax - - Contents - BY JA­COB BOON

Just like peo­ple, cats hate go­ing to the doc­tor. OK, they es­pe­cially hate it—as the claw marks on any cat-owner who’s had to make a trip to the vet can at­test. Some good news then for cus­tomers of the Hal­i­fax Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal on Quin­pool Road.

The ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal was re­cently cer­ti­fied as a cat-friendly prac­tice by the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Fe­line Prac­ti­tion­ers—a pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion of cat doc­tors ded­i­cated to qual­ity health­care for fe­lines.

The des­ig­na­tion is good news for any­one who faces blood­shed and bat­tle try­ing to get their cat to the vet. Its cer­ti­fi­ca­tion means the ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal has taken steps to cre­ate “fe­line-con­scious stan­dards” and can now pro­vide a calm­ing cat en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the up­grades.

The hos­pi­tal staff has been trained to han­dle cats in a way that doesn’t freak the lit­tle bug­gers out, and the wait­ing room now in­cludes a cats-only side with a ta­ble to rest pet car­ri­ers above the froth­ing sea of scam­per­ing dogs down on the floor. Cats out­side of their car­ri­ers are free to en­joy cat tow­ers and scratch­ing posts, pro­vided free of charge.

All dog odours have also been purged from in­side the cold fe­line ex­am­i­na­tion room, which now has a trac­tion mat on the exam ta­ble so the kit­ties don’t slide around.

“Hal­i­fax Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal is thrilled to con­tinue to of­fer lead­ing fe­line care and cater to their ex­am­ina- tions, pro­ce­dures, and other health­care needs,” writes hos­pi­tal me­dia re­la­tions spokesper­son Me­lanie Tal­jaard.

For own­ers look­ing to de­crease stress be­fore a visit, try play­ing doc­tor at home with some fake ex­ams to get your cat ac­cus­tomed to its mouth, ears and paws be­ing ex­am­ined. Prac­tice vis­its when the kitty isn’t al­ready stressed from be­ing sick can also help calm them when a real trip is needed. And re­mem­ber to stay calm your­self! Pets can sense when their own­ers are anx­ious and that ner­vous­ness will only rub off on them. Keep cool and avoid sud­den move­ments and loud noises.

Bear those tips in mind, and you and your fe­line friend will hope­fully have a calm, re­lax­ing visit next time they need a check-up.


Sick kitty, sad kitty.

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