Articles: American Association of Feline Practitioners

January 10 2021

Declaws to End at Cat Friendly Practices

What a great way to kick off the New Year! From my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on WGN, listen HERE as Dr. Kelly St. Denis, president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) discusses why AAFP now says Cat Friendly Practices can no longer maintain that certification if they practice declaw. Simply put, declaw…

January 5 2021

Cat Friendly Practices Can No Longer Declaw

Cat owners and even veterinary professionals have suggested Cat Friendly veterinary practices that declaw aren’t so friendly. Simply put, declaw (or onychetomy) is truly is an amputation as the veterinarian amputates the end section of the last bone, which contains the growth plate along the nail. Once thought to not permanently harm cats, there’s plenty…

February 18 2020

Feline Scholarships from Winn Feline and AAFP

Winn Feline Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are pleased to announce two scholarships for third- or fourth-year veterinary students enrolled in accredited veterinary colleges or schools in the United States or Canada. The $2,500 awards are based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study…

January 17 2019

Treating Cats with a New CATitutde

We’re looking at cats today with an entirely different lens than say 25 years ago, and this is true for veterinarians too! Veterinarians have responded by creating Cat Friendly Practices. The idea is to offer an approach which is more cat friendly, from the cats’ perspectives.  The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Cat Friendly…

November 14 2017

Feliscratch Works: Seeing Is Believing

Roxy is our 15-year-old cat who, about 90 percent of the time, scratches on one of our four vertical posts and two horizontal posts, and has done so her entire life. So, we really don’t have a problem. But, I still wanted to test a new product with Roxy called Feliscratch. Feliscratch is supposed to…

November 14 2017

New Tool for Cats that Scratch

The tide is certainly shifting regarding declaw of cats. After a lengthy political struggle (of which the primary opponent was local organized veterinary medicine), Denver just became the first city outside California to ban declaw in cats. In California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and others ban the procedure, which is also banned…

October 3 2017

Cat Friendly Practices, Join the Cat Community

Cats and people with them don’t need to feel stress or even terror in the veterinary setting, says Dr. Elizabeth Colleran on Steve Dale’s Pet World, national radio show. HEAR Dr. Colleran talk about why – if you happen to be owned by a cat – a certified Cat Friendly Practice is beneficial. We talk…

April 18 2017

Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices Save Lives

Have you ever felt so terrified that you were going to die? I mean like hanging outside a window 30 stories high or held up at gun point. I suggest this is how a surprising number of our beloved pets feel when visiting the veterinarian. If your pet is perceived as uncomfortable, you will be too,…

September 26 2016

Overweight Cats May Equate with Diabetic Cat

Look for the label (or logo) Cat Friendly Practice at your veterinary clinic, but what I talk a lot to Dr. Elizabeth Colleran about on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World show is diabetes in cats. LISTEN HERE as Dr. Colleran explains why there are SO many diabetic cats out there – lots more than we…

September 8 2016

When to 'Fix' Kittens

It’s a pressing question with no good answer – until now. Dr. Lauren Demos, incoming president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners notes everyone agrees cats should be spay/neutered, but there’s no one good answer regarding when to do it. And that’s why a Task Force of experts got together to figure this out,…

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