American Association of Feline Practitioners

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How to Get Started and Next Steps

Cat Friendly Practice - How to Get Started`

 How to Get Started | Next Steps


Join the AAFP 

There must be at least one AAFP veterinarian member in your practice to access the Cat Friendly Practice® Program resources. AAFP membership has several other wonderful benefits including a subscription to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS), Feline Specific CE Webinars and Education, Newsletters, Practice Guidelines, and more. Obtaining your CFP designation is FREE with AAFP Membership. See the full list of benefits and 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 designated Cat Friendly Practice®.


Ongoing Training

Don't forget that ongoing training for staff and new team members is critical. Also, remember that the designation needs to be renewed every three years and a veterinarian needs to remain an AAFP member for your CFP status to be active.


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 practices can take the leap forward and become a Cat Friendly Practice®. There is also the Cat Friendly Certificate Program which can help individuals start their Cat Friendly journey and start to see huge benefits in their feline appointments.


More Information and Benefits

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Frequently Asked Questions


Cat Friendly Certificate Program

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