Colleagues at every accredited clinic have promised to handle and treat cats with understanding, gentleness and respect, and to make every effort to make the visit to the clinic as stress-free for you and your cat as possible.
The International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) is the veterinary division of International Cat Care (www.icatcare.org), a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.
We understand that there are unique difficulties in bringing a cat to a veterinary clinic:
- Cats often do not travel well and feel unsafe away from their home
- They are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds and smells
- Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly susceptible to stress
- Most cats are highly stressed by nearby dogs in a vet clinic
- Cats need to be handled gently and with respect in the clinic
Achieving the Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation involves all colleagues, from receptionists, nurses and technicians, through to vets. Each accredited clinic also has at least one ‘Cat Advocate’ – someone who ensures the cat friendly standards are adhered to, and who would be happy to talk to you.
Click here to see the full list of Vets4Pets accredited practices.
What does it mean for my cat and me?
An ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic gives you peace of mind and reassurance, letting you know that:
- The clinic has achieved certain minimum accreditation standards
- The clinic and clinic colleagues have thought about the specific needs of cats
- The colleagues in surgery will be happy to talk with you, show you what they do and show you around the clinic
What are the different levels of ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation?
Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) accreditation is at three levels – Bronze, Sliver and Gold. These recognise that vet clinics vary widely in their size, location, structure, staffing and equipment.
Full details of the requirements can be found on www.catfriendlyclinic.org.
| || Bronze || Silver || Gold |
| Waiting room ||Cat-only appointment blocks if no separate area for cats ||Must have separate area in waiting room for cats ||Additional facilities in waiting room (baskets off floor etc.) |
| Hospitalisation ||Not necessarily required ||Dogs and cats separated in ward and minimum cage sizes ||Must have separate cat ward and larger cage sizes |
| Consultations ||Safe, secure and well equipped consulting room. A minimum of 10 minute duration for consutlation ||Safe, secure and well equipped consulting room. A minimum of 10 minute duration for consutlation times ||A dedicated cat consulting room. 15 minute consulations |
| Operations ||Surgical facilities not required on premises ||Must be able to anaesthetise cats if needed ||Must have a separate dedicated operating theatre |
| Equipment ||Good level of feline-friendly equipment required ||Additional equipment e.g. X-rays, dental facilities etc. ||Higher level required e.g. laboratory |
Every Vets4Pets surgery is a Practice Member of ISFM which means they receive the latest information on veterinary care for cats and support the work of International Cat Care. See the list below of Cat Friendly Clinic accredited surgeries and their level of accreditation.
| Vets4Pets surgery || Accreditation level |
| Vets4Pets Aberdeen || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Belfast Stormont || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Bishopston || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Bristol Emersons Green
| Vets4Pets Chadwell Heath || Bronze |
| Vets4Pets Cirencester || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Crawley || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Dorchester || Silver |
| Vets4Pets East Kilbride South || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Evesham || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Hemel Hempstead || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Leeds || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Lisburn Longstone || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Liverpool Old Swan || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Longton || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Loughborough || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Millhouses || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Newbury || Gold |
| Vets4Pets North Tyneside || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Oadby || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Sevenoaks || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Shelfield || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Sunderland || Gold |
| Vets4Pets Sutton Coldfield || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Swinton || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Wakefield || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Walton Vale || Silver |
| Vets4Pets Whitfield - Dover || Silver |
For a full list of Companion Care accredited practices, please click here.