Cat Friendly Practice: Good For Cats, Good For Vets

A cat friendly practice is good for cats and good for vets.

 

A cat friendly practice is as good for vets as it is for cats.

Your cats will be happier with a vet who has a cat friendly practice.

Do you dread taking your cat to the vet? You’re not the only one. Your vet might dread that visit as much as you and your cat do. But the American Association of Feline Practitioners is trying to change that with its Cat Friendly Practice program. And, according to a recent AAFP survey, catering to cats doesn’t just eliminate the dread. It’s good for business. 

In the survey, 83 percent of the vets with a Cat Friendly Practice designation reported increased cat visits. And 61 percent said their practice revenue has grown since earning the designation.

Heck No, I Won’t Go

Goodbye Drs. Foster And Smith

Drs. Foster and Smith’s website is gone but not forgotten.

 

Is this cat napping on an old Drs. Foster and Smith catalog?

Is this cat napping on an old Drs. Foster and Smith catalog?

Back in the day, my cats and I loved finding a Drs. Foster and Smith catalog in our mailbox. 

We thought there was way too much dog stuff, but we always found a few cat items to buy. Our first floor-to-ceiling cat tree came in a huge box from Drs. Foster and Smith.


That was before there was an Internet and online retailers. And more important to Drs. Foster and Smith, it was before there was a giant pet supply company called Petco.  


Petco purchased Drs. Foster and Smith in 2015. It shut the company down last winter and moved its online services to Petco’s website.



Changing Times, Changing ‘Pet Parents’

Cat Food Trends — New Ingredients To Look For In 2019

Honey, coconut and turmeric are among the ingredients to watch in cat food trends this year.

 

Food with coconut milk or oil, like Solid Gold's, is a cat food trend to watch for.

Food with coconut milk or oil, like Solid Gold’s, is a cat food trend to watch for.

Coming soon to the front of your cat food cans and bags: turmeric, honey and coconut. Think of them as biohacking for cats and the newest cat food trends to look for in 2019. 

Biohacking for humans has been around for years, although many of us have never heard of it. The simple definition of biohacking is adding nutrients or more natural foods to your regular diet to improve your health and quality of life. 

But like so many human food trends, biohacking is now making its way into the cat food market. Enter turmeric, honey and coconut. 

Cat Food Trends – Ingredients With A Purpose

Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats Increases Appetite, Reduces Stress

Mirtazapine ointment for cats could be a lifesaver for cats who are sick and won’t eat.

 

Mirtazapine ointment for cats is now available from vets.

Mirtazapine ointment for cats is now available from vets.

Here’s some much needed relief if you’re struggling to add an appetite stimulant to your sick cat’s meds. Mirtazapine ointment for cats is now available from vets, and all you have to do is rub a little bit inside an ear flap. 

Mirataz, the transdermal formulation of the popular appetite stimulant, went on the market a few months ago. 


An Appetite Stimulant Just For Cats

No More Free Rides For Some Emotional Support Animals

Bad news for emotional support animals. There are no more free rides on United unless they’re cats or dogs.

 

There are no more free rides for emotional support animals on United unless they're cats or dogs.

There are no more free rides for emotional support animals on United unless they’re cats or dogs.

Was your emotional support animal hoping for a free ride? Unless he’s a cat or dog, that’s not going to happen on United Airlines. And even cats and dogs will find their wings clipped by tighter rules that went into effect earlier this month.

The flap over emotional support animals apparently began when a woman tried to board a United Flight in Newark with a peacock named Dexter on her shoulders. 

Nothing against peacocks, the airline said, but Dexter was way too big to ride in the cabin. He and his human drove to California.

Ruffling Everyone’s Feathers