ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic

Our Ripon practice is the only practice in North Yorkshire with cat friendly clinic status awarded at silver level.
We have an ongoing commitment to high standards of care for cats – as a species cats have unique needs for us to meet.

  • 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
  • Cat owners perceive a trip to the vets as stressful for their cat

    Bringing a cat to the vets
  • Good carrier – robust and easy to clean (plastic of plastic coated)
  • Top-opening carriers are easier – the cat can be gently lifted in or out
  • Cover the carrier with a blanket or towel during the journey to keep the cat calm
  • Secure the carrier in the car in a footwell or seat so it cannot move
  • Hold the carrier carefully – avoid swinging it or banging it against objects
  • Use the carrier at home – encourage cat to sleep or be fed in the carrier, so it does not only appear when there is a vet visit!
  • Put bedding or clothing that smells of home in the carrier
  • Rub a cloth around the cat’s face to pick up scent, then rub this around the carrier and leave inside
  • Spray the carrier with Feliway® 30 minutes before use
  • Take spare bedding (smelling of home) in case the cat soils the carrier

At all or our surgeries we have Cat Friendly Advocates, these are:

Ripon – Lucy Preece

Easingwold – Nicky Lumley

Northallerton – Rachael Baker

Pateley Bridge – Emily Bill

You are very welcome to contact the advocates if you have any questions regarding cat friendly veterinary care.’

For further information on ISFM and help with looking after your cat please download the attached leaflets ISFM Cat Friendly Leaflets