Cat-Friendly Practice

Companion Animal Hospital is a cat-friendly practice, offering quality care for cats in a quiet and friendly way.

Cat-Friendly Practice

Companion Animal Hospital of Traverse City Recently Named a “Cat-Friendly Practice” by the American Association of Feline Practitioners

It’s an age-old question – are you a cat person or a dog person? The public has spoken. In 2011, more than 86 million cats were owned as pets, compared to 78 million dogs. Even so, many cats never visit a veterinarian, or owners wait until they are ill to receive care. “We certainly would prefer to prevent disease in our patients and help educate clients before their cats become ill,” states Dr. Marcia Izo, Founder of Companion Animal Hospital. “Our feline patients live twice as long nowadays, and we want that life to be the best it can be.”

Many cat owners report that the stress of transporting their pets, along with the cat’s reluctance, causes anxiety for owners and their feline friends. In fact, cats and their owners are often stressed out before they even set foot into a veterinarian’s office. Once there, many veterinarians are unsure of the best ways to handle cats, and the office works in a very canine-focused environment.

Companion Animal Hospital is the first veterinary hospital in Traverse City to be officially named a “Cat-Friendly Practice” by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Qualifying for this certification involved several steps to ensure the practice is sensitive to the needs of cats, educated, and equipped to address their physical and behavioral needs. A Cat-Friendly Practice has tailored an environment that is less stressful to cats when it comes to interaction, handling, examinations, procedures, and more.

“Companion Animal Hospital is proud to have earned this distinction,” said Dr. Izo. “We are committed to providing quality care to all of our patients. When we heard about AAFP’s Cat-Friendly Practice program, we knew it was something we could participate in. We already had many of the AAFP requirements in place. We’ve always worked hard to make all patients as comfortable as possible.”

Companion Animal Hospital has a special guest room dedicated to cats, actively separating them from dogs. Pets and owners will feel comfort in knowing they can have some segregation as well as confidence in a staff that is highly trained for cats.