Articles: Cat Friendly Practices

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…

December 30 2020

10 Resolutions for Pets for 2021

Here are my 10 resolutions for pets for 2021 Fear Free: The Fear Free initiative has grown from the little idea that was so brilliant – yet obvious – that it continues to spread across the planet. The notion began with a focus on veterinary professionals addressing emotional well-being, as well as physical health. Our…

May 1 2019

Why Seek Out Certified Cat Friendly Practices

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Elizabeth Colleran  talks about Cat Friendly veterinary practices. The Cat Friendly Practice program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. This is a program awarded by the American Association of Feline…

March 29 2019

National Respect Your Cat Day

How could I miss it? National Respect Your Cat Day should be a national holiday. I’m the guy who for years has been calling cats the Rodney Dangerfield of pets, as historically cats are given up to shelters more often than dogs or sometimes just tossed outside. Likely cats are more often victims of animal…

January 25 2019

A New CATitude at Windy Kitty

I will be speaking with renowned feline veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, “Treating Cats with a New CATitude” at the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe (1746 W. North Avenue), Chicago at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday January 27. We’re celebrating Windy Kitty’s new kitten nursery. You can attend; HERE is the evite Windy Kitty is a place to hang out, and get…

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…

December 29 2018

Pet Resolutions for 2019

Here are nine messages I resolve to attempt to communicate – pet resolutions for 2019: Fear Free Fear Free began as an initiative to certify veterinary professionals to implement methods to limit fear, anxiety and stress that pets (and as a result their people) feel during veterinary visits. The impact continues to be so profound…

June 29 2018

Feliway Decreases Stress of Veterinary Exams

The Winn Feline Foundation supports funding for cat health studies for the past 50 years. Winn Feline mostly funds studies to support physical health, but studies have also supported emotional health. One major obstacle to visiting the veterinarian is the fear, anxiety and stress cats experience during the visit. Clients then become stressed, and even…

June 26 2018

Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

April 12 2018

Cat Friendly Ambassador Earns Power of Pink

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran was just named a Power of Pink Honoree. The official release is below. But I need to speak up first, as Dr. Colleran happens to be a friend. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Colleran many times; she’s fast-thinking and an exceedingly smart speaking partner. Together what we talk about…

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