American Association of Feline Practitioners

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The Cat Friendly Practice® Program - Elevating Feline Care

The Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP), created by knowledgeable feline practitioners, equips you with the support and resources needed to deliver elevated and quality care that incorporates the cat's perspective throughout the entire experience.

The program consists of 10 topic areas that help guide your practice in setting the standard of providing optimum feline care through an online self-assessment. Many of the techniques and criteria contained in the practice checklist are readily achievable because they focus on approach and organization. The program does not require remodeling of your practice, but provides creative solutions for you to help decrease stress during feline-care visits. The most important step is to recognize that there is a need to make these adaptations in order to provide a better experience for cats, their caregivers, and your team.  

Benefits of the Cat Friendly Practice® Program* 

  • Less stress on feline patients and staff. 
  • Demonstrates how much you care about your patients.
  • Higher satisfaction among current clients. 
  • Increased staff knowledge and expertise in clinic. 
  • Highlighted practice listing on AAFP cat caregiver website
  • Gain more new feline patients. 


Cat Friendly Practice® Sets You Apart

  • Designation is a recognized symbol of excellence. 
  • Create a more calming environment and minimizing stress for cats, clients, and staff. 
  • Access online marketing materials that help promote your designation to prospective clients.
  • Exclusive access to educational resources for clients and staff. 

 How to Get Started | Next Steps


Join the AAFP 

There must be at least one AAFP veterinarian member to access the Cat Friendly Practice® program resources. AAFP membership has several other perks including a subscription to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS), Feline Specific CE Webinars, Practice Guidelines, Position Statements, and more. Join the AAFP

(As of January 1, 2021 applications for the Cat Friendly Practice® will require that the practice confirm they do not perform elective declawing procedures.)


Access Your Resources

Once an AAFP Member, you receive access to the Cat Friendly Practice® Checklist, Guide, and other materials in the Member Center. 


Build Your Team 

Enlist another team member or launch a team of cat advocates to work on completing the checklist. Once completed, submit your online application for review and you'll soon be on your way to becoming a designed Cat Friendly Practice®.

Still not sure if you can complete the criteria or if Cat Friendly Practice® is right for you? We can help! Email or call (800-874-0498). Since each veterinary practice is different, there’s no “one way” to complete the program. A few misconceptions we often hear are that practices think they can’t become a Cat Friendly Practice® because of space issues, they are not in a position to make business decisions, or they have difficulty getting fellow staff members on board with the plan. Luckily, there are alternative approaches and solutions for each of these reasons so that all clinics can take the leap forward and become a Cat Friendly Practice®. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


*as reported by designated Cat Friendly Practices® from 2020 survey results. 

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