CatDoes your local veterinary practice take extra special care of your cat? Then they could be elected as South Africa’s most Cat Friendly Practice. Cat owners have until 10 July 2007 to vote, with ballot boxes available in participating vet clinics around the country. And by casting your vote you could win a year’s supply of Revolution® complete parasite protection and super-premium Hill’s cat food.
Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary consultant for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and one of the judges, says: “We’re looking for veterinary practices that work at making things as stress-free as possible for their feline patients, because stress can have a negative impact on diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
“It could be as simple as having a raised shelf in the waiting room, so cat baskets can be off the floor and away from inquisitive dogs. It might involve having different consulting times for cats and dogs. Certainly the staff at a cat friendly practice will handle cats calmly and gently, making sure security measures are in place so that cats can’t run away. The staff will also be knowledgeable about cat nutrition, parasite control, catteries, steps you can take to make your visits easier, grooming and breeders.”
The finalists in the competition will become officially ‘Certified Cat Friendly’ and the winning practice will receive specialised feline equipment or money for cat-friendly improvements. There is also a special award for the staff member who has the best ‘cattitude’. And as an incentive to cast their vote owners have a chance of winning a year’s worth of Hill’s and Revolution®.
The Cat Friendly Practice has been inspired by the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), a UK charity dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of cats, and is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Pfizer Animal Health and VetMed magazine.
For more information speak to your vet, visit www.hillspet.com or call the toll-free Hill’s Careline on (0800) 228 783.