1. Assess the size and layout of the waiting area:
Make sure your waiting area is spacious enough for cats and their owners. Consider the design of furniture to be cat-friendly, such as low chairs or benches that are not too high off the ground so that cats can jump onto them easily. Consider providing cat carriers for those who do not have their own.
2. Inspect handling areas:
Vet areas designed to accommodate cats must be spacious enough for the cat's safety and comfort, as well as ample space for any necessary procedures performed by vets or nurses. Furthermore, these spaces should not contain any sharp edges or corners that may cause harm to felines.
3. Examine kennels and cages:
Make sure your kennels and cages are in good condition and free from rust or sharp edges which could cause injury or discomfort to cats kept inside them. Provide an adequate number of litter trays, bedding and toys if they will stay overnight at your practice.
4. Evaluate restraint techniques:
Ensure appropriate methods of restraining cats are used, such as towel wraps and body bags. Make sure staff members have been adequately trained in the correct techniques to minimize distress for cats.
5. Consider noise levels:
Noise from barking dogs or loud conversations can be very distressing for cats. Ensure your premises is kept relatively quiet by using soundproofing materials where necessary and controlling noise levels if possible.
6. Analyze patient comfort items:
Provide comfortable bedding, hiding places and toys for cats staying with you overnight or during extended visits to the practice. Provide water bowls and food dishes of an appropriate size and design that can be easily accessed by cats of all sizes and breeds.
7. Evaluate the staff:
It is important that the staff have the necessary skills and knowledge to handle cats with respect and care. Make sure they are up to date on all relevant protocols and procedures, as well as any new legislation that is applicable.
8. Analyze your practice's policies:
Review your practice’s policies regarding cats to ensure they are in line with current regulations. Policies should address handling techniques, kennel sizes, restraint methods, noise levels and other procedures that you would like your staff to adhere to when dealing with cats.
9. Consider client education materials:
Provide educational materials for cat owners about proper pet care and how their animal can receive the best possible care at your practice. Materials should be appropriate for the target audience – for example, brochures for adults and coloring books for children.
10. Assess overall service delivery:
Ensure that the team is providing an excellent service to all cats and their owners. Monitor staff interactions with clients and how cats are handled during procedures to ensure that everyone is receiving the best possible care. Make sure all necessary equipment is in working order and up-to-date so that you can provide safe and efficient care for your feline patients.