Frequently Asked Questions

ASK THE SPECIALISTS

Take a look at some of the FAQs about the Cat Healthy initiative, and general cat health related questions.

1. How does a clinic sign up to participate in Cat Healthy? Is there a fee?

You can sign up for the program at cathealthy.ca for more information and to get access to the tools and resources available. There is no sign-up fee for Cat Healthy, and all the resources on the website may be used with no cost or limitations to promote the initiative.

2. Can individual RVTs sign up for Cat Healthy?

Yes, we encourage individual RVTs and anyone in the veterinary community to sign up for more information on Cat Healthy. It is not limited to veterinary hospitals. In fact, many of our community programs are driven by RVTs in clinics, as well as in shelters!

3. How do you approach owners with indoor cats who do not think their cats need to be vaccinated?

Veterinarians can now point to the Cat Healthy Preventative Healthcare Protocols when discussing vaccinations and other healthcare measures with owners. It is no longer a single veterinarian making a recommendation with respect to vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, FeLV/FIV testing, nutrition, behavioural assessment and more.” Should be “They can confidently support recommendations with respect to vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, FeLV/FIV testing, nutrition, behavioural assessment and more with the knowledge that these protocols are backed by Canada’s top board-certified feline specialists.

4. For cats that we know are anxious, do you recommend sedating them at home before a clinic visit? If so, what do you recommend using and what dose?

If a cat is very anxious, you can offer some sedation prior to the visit to make their visit more comfortable. But sedation depends on the health and age of the cat, the situation and the existence of a client-patient relationship. Talk to your vet about what’s appropriate for your cat.

However, there are many ways that we can reduce the stress for the cat and the client, starting with minimizing the stress of just getting the cat to the clinic. The protocols include tips on this subject and contain a wealth of resources that the veterinary team can refer to in order to make travel to the vet, their clinic and the preventive healthcare appointment Cat Healthy.

5. Is nutrition a part of the protocols?

Because nutrition is a vital assessment in any veterinary consultation and plays a key role in preventive healthcare in cats, it is included in the protocols.” Should be “Yes, nutrition is a vital assessment in any veterinary consultation and plays a key role in preventive healthcare in cats. Every cat should have a nutritional assessment and get a specific nutritional recommendation every time it is seen by a veterinary professional.” Should be “Veterinary professionals should conduct a nutritional assessment at for every cat at every visit to provide specific, up-to-date nutritional recommendations.

6. Is parasite management part of the protocols?

Yes, parasite management is part of the protocols with guidelines on both external and internal parasite prevention.

7. Are efforts being made to involve registered and non-registered cat breeders with Cat Healthy initiatives?

Yes, the program is open to people working in the cat community, including breeders, so that everyone has access to the same tools and resources.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure we all make the same recommendation to owners, so that cats receive the preventive healthcare they need. A unified message on the importance of preventive healthcare will raise the chance of success, whether it is delivered when owners adopt or purchase a cat, when they go to a pet store, or when they pay their municipal taxes.

8. What should you do if you have a small waiting room?

Because cats utilize vertical space, the lack of horizontal space isn’t critical. Provide vertical spaces that allow cats to be positioned higher up where they are more comfortable and can see more of the room.

Cat Healthy’s tools include downloadable signs that clinics can place on chairs or tables to direct clients where to place their cat carrier. This keeps the cat away from commotion and other animals, as well as ensures it is comfortable in the waiting room.

9. Can clinics suggest further tools for Cat Healthy?

We encourage everyone to send us their ideas and success stories! We know that people in the community are doing great things to support cats, and our goal is to provide everyone with the best tools available. If we all deliver a unified message, we can build a positive perception around the value of cats, help them lead healthier lives, and reduce the overpopulation problem.

10. How can we get direct access to a feline specialist?

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners has a list and link to locate all boarded practitioners at www.abvp.com. Currently there are only six residing in Canada, and they are the co-authors of Cat Healthy Preventive Healthcare Protocols.

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