The Gold Standard of Cat Friendly Practice
The Cat Friendly Practice program is more than a movement in Leesburg—it is a global initiative to reduce the stress of veterinary visits for cats and their owners. Started by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM), the program focuses not only on improving the experience of cats in the vet clinic but also their owners and the veterinary staff themselves! Leesburg Veterinary Hospital has taken this initiative to heart and achieved the status of Gold which means our practice has incorporated cat-friendly techniques into every layer of our animal hospital.
The Importance of Cat Friendly Practices
Far too few cats see the veterinarian as much as they should. Cats are often viewed as independent pets who pretty much care for themselves. While they are more reclusive generally than their canine companions, cats need just as much veterinary care. However, due to the increased stress of cat visits to the vet, many owners forego taking them. This needs to change. The AAFP and ISFM recognized this issue and addressed it head-on with the Cat Friendly Practice initiative. The program addresses a range of areas an animal practice can improve upon to make it more appealing to cats and their owners. Some of the elements that make our practice more feline-friendly include:
- Separate waiting room for cats
- Cat-friendly exam rooms with soothing visuals, low music, and hiding spots for cats to feel safe in
- Lots of treats to ease cats into being handled and feeling comfortable
- Staff trained in feline handling (speaking softly, moving slowly, gentle handling)
- Educated staff trained to recognize subtle feline behaviors
- Expert feline advice that helps you use cat-friendly tactics at home such as helping your cat become comfortable in their carrier
And there's much more where that came from! For more information about our Cat Friendly Practice, please get in touch today!
Best vet in Loudoun! The staff here are just outstanding! Every doctor here is super knowledgeable and caring toward your pet. I was invited in the back on one of my visits and they keep the hospital immaculate. I would never go anywhere else!
My animals have been going to see Dr. Melburger for many years. The staff is also amazing. You can tell that they truly love animals as well and it’s not just a job for them. I would recommend this office to anyone.
I cannot say enough kind words about this place. Leesburg Veterinarian has a lifetime client here. Thank you again!
The entire team at LVH works hard to provide excellent care to my pets. Dr. Strickland and his team have been there for my pets for 20 years; from adoption to end of life. I highly recommend them.
I absolutely love Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. It is more than worth it for me to drive the 30 minutes to get there. Thank you guys soooo very much. You are phenomenal!
We just had our first happy visit and it was the most wonderful experience. The staff made us feel so welcome and just let us sit on floor and wander around. They truly care about their patients and about making them feel comfortable. I have recommend them to all of my friends for their animals and they are all as equally impressed as I am.
Visited Leesburg veterinary hospital when I wanted a second opinion and access to better technology. I am grateful for the peace of mind and although it is a bit of a drive I think I will be returning for regular care. Can't say thanks enough!
The staff and doctors were awesome and treated us with the upmost respect. They treat your pets like family and have all the concerns to treat them in a safe and healthy manor. Dr. Henly was Awesome!!!
I have been taking all my animals to the Leesburg Vet Hospital for forever!! I absolutely recommend them to ANYONE looking for a new vet!