Caerphilly Vets are a GOLD standard accredited cat-friendly practice
We understand that:
- Cats often do not travel well and feel unsafe away from home
- Cats are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds and smells
- Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly susceptible to stress
- Cats need to be handled gently and with respect in clinic
- Most cats are highly stressed by nearby dogs in a clinic.
We understand these things and aim to reduce the stress for our feline patients at every visit – Follow our helpful hints to reduce stress for YOUR CAT
- Use a top opening carrier or a carrier from which we can easily remove the lid.
- Get your cat used to the cat carrier at home with treats and a familiar blanket
- Spray the blanket and carrier with a pheromone spray e.g Feliway spray – 15 minutes before asking the cat to enter.
- Use a cover over the carrier and secure the basket carefully in the car with a seatbelt or similar.
- On arrival at the surgery take your cat immediately up to our quiet cat waiting area and pop your cat basket into one of our CAT CUBES.
- Our cubes will keep your cat off the floor giving security whilst the sides protect against disease transmission.
- We have towels available in the cat waiting area if you would like to cover your cat – the towels are regularly sprayed with Feliway to again reduce anxiety.
- A Feliway diffuser is plugged in at all times in all our cat areas and there are no dog smells in our dedicated cat facilities.
- Please Keep your cat in the carrier at all times; he/she will feel more secure.
- We keep all waiting times to a minimum to reduce stress.
- Extra time is allowed for appointments, to enable our cats to slowly become accustomed to their surroundings in the consulting room before being examined – they appreciate being able to look around and explore our wall climber.
- If your cat needs to stay with us, we have cat-only hospital facilities with large QUIET Cat pens ALL “WITH A VIEW”.
- We offer a raised platform to sit on or a hideout for privacy:
Here are some links to help you keep your feline friend as stress-free as possible:
And this is Harry visiting to checkout our new cat facilities – he was hand-reared at our clinic when he was a kitten…
Some images of our new cat cubes in the cat hospital: