AAFP, AAHA develop new guidelines for feline healthcare

Jan 05, 2010
By staff
Hillsborough, N.J. -- A growing decline of feline veterinary care in recent years had led to the development of a new set of guidelines for cat care by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

The organizations jointly developed the Feline Life Stage Guidelines, to be published in the January issues of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. The guidelines work to strengthen the veterinarian-client bond by offering suggestions for eliminating typical cat stressors in veterinary practices, addressing healthcare concerns specific to the lifestage of the feline patient, and putting an emphasis on educating clients about behavior and environmental issues that promote a healthy lifestyle.

The need for the Feline Life Stage Guidelines was identified by the CATalyst Council, a non-profit organization that promotes cat welfare and through statistics revealed by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2007 regarding feline veterinary care. Click here to read the guidelines.