2851 W. IRVING PARK RD  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  60618     PHONE  (773) 539-9080   FAX  (773) 478-0605

Cat Friendly Practice

Cat Hospital of Chicago

To learn more about Cat Friendly Practices, visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners website by clicking below:

Cat Friendly Practice
American Association of Feline Practitioners

While consistently practicing state-of-the-art feline medicine, Cat Hospital of Chicago is also Chicago's first Gold Standard designated Cat Friendly Practice in accordance with standards set by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. We incorporate the highest levels of established cat-friendly criteria within our hospital. We know that veterinary visits can be stressful for cats and cat owners. Our mission is to limit the anxiety associated with ordinary visits so that our patients receive the best care in a non-threatening and welcoming environment.

What It Means to Be A Cat Friendly Practice

As an AAFP Cat Friendly Practice, the veterinarians and staff at Cat Hospital of Chicago go above and beyond to meet the unique needs of our feline patients. The following are just some of the ways we address common feline concerns:

Cats do not feel safe when they are away from their normal home territory.

We understand the unique needs of cats and pay the utmost attention to ensuring a calm, relaxing environment for both cat and owner. This includes prescribing calming medications if needed.

Cats are highly sensitive to unusual sights, sounds and smells.

Our lobby utilizes calming pheromones and mood lighting. We allow and encourage owners to play calming music on their phones during appointments if it is calming for your cat.

Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly stressed by dogs and other cats being in close proximity at the practice.

Upon your arrival, we'll escort you and your cat into a quiet examination room rather than keep you waiting in the front lobby. If you arrive early you can opt to stay in your car and we'll text or call you when a doctor is ready to see your kitty. Your appointment will never feel rushed nor will you ever wait long. Plus, we only treat cats—so no barking dogs, ever!

Cats need to be handled gently, with care and respect in the practice.

We hire only cat-compassionate team members. We've got some real "cat whisperers" on our team.

Most cats are highly susceptible to stress and anxiety.

Trimming nails at Cat Hospital of Chicago

We perform patient examinations wherever your cat is most comfortable: in his or her carrier, on your lap, in the arms of a veterinarian or on the floor or examination table. We also collect all laboratory samples in the exam room so you and your cat are never apart. If scheduling a surgery, we offer flexibility so that patients spend as much time as they need with us for the procedure, but no more.

Want a tour of our cat clinic? We'd love to show you our quiet, cat-friendly housing areas so you'll feel comfortable should your feline family member ever need to be hospitalized.

Are we above ‘bribery’ when a patient resists a nail trim (or another less welcome procedure)?

Not at all. Kittens can often be easily distracted with baby food or other treats while the entire procedure is being done.

Can your cat hide in the sleeve of your jacket while we get a blood pressure reading on her tail?

Not a problem for us.

Did we mention ‘no barking dogs’ and that we’re crazy about cats?

If you’re interested in learning more about ‘everything cat’ – from cat health to cat behavior, how to create a cat-friendly home environment for your special friend, take polls, quizzes, and even submit pictures of your cat, visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners website for cat caregivers at catfriendly.com. Let us know what you think! Our input helped to shape this site and assure that it provides accurate and useful information.