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Cat Friendly Clinics

All of our surgeries have been awarded cat friendly clinic status

We have an ongoing commitment to high standards of care for cats, as a species cats have unique needs for us to meet.

  • They are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds and smells
  • 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
  • Cats often do not travel well and feel unsafe away from their home
  • Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly susceptible to stress

As part of our ongoing commitment to cat care all or our surgeries have Cat Friendly Advocates. You are very welcome to contact the advocates with any questions you have with regarding to our cat friendly veterinary care. Our advocates are shown below:

  • Ripon – Lucy Preece
  • Easingwold – Lucy Preece
  • Northallerton – TBC
  • Pateley Bridge – Emily Bill

 

Bringing a cat to Bishopton Vets
  • Good carrier – robust and easy to clean (plastic or 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

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