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  • Cat Friendly Clinic

At Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in Morley we are proud to be an accredited Gold level Cat Friendly Clinic and members of the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine).

We have also recently had our Batley, Kippax and Cleckheaton practices ISFM accredited to silver and bronze level, respectively. We recognise that cats are unique creatures with specific needs and it’s important to us to demonstrate our commitment to the animals you entrust into our care. Working with International Cat Care (iCC), we have looked at how we can make Abbey House Veterinary Hospital the best it can possibly be for our feline patients.

Cats by their nature are sensitive to changes in their environment, and by understanding and accepting this we can recommend measures to make your cat’s journey to the vets, and their visit to Abbey House Veterinary Hospital Morley a less stressful experience than anticipated.

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In order to achieve our Gold and Silver Cat Friendly Clinic accreditations, we have had to meet carefully selected criteria as stipulated by iCC. We have demonstrated that we:

  • Understand the needs of cats and strive to make visits to the vet clinic cat friendly
  • Approach and handle cats gently and with care through ongoing staff education
  • Follow the ISFM Feline Friendly Handling and Nursing Care guidelines and have made the pledge to be ‘Scruff free’
  • Have invested in equipment to manage the specific care requirements of cats
  • Have an appointed Cat Advocate member of staff to implement and oversee our cat friendly clinic status

(source – catfriendlyclinic.org)

What our Gold Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation means for your cat

As a Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic, we are trained to handle cats in a manner that minimises stress, fear and anxiety, as well as advising you on the best way to safely and comfortably transport your cat to Abbey House Veterinary Hospital Morley.

We have in-house cat advocates, Daisy Roe, Beverly Schofield and Finona Newboult who are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and to provide information and advice on caring for your cat.

Our cat friendly facilities include:

  • A separate cat waiting area to allow your cat to relax in their basket out of sight of other animals
  • The use of feline pheromone diffusers to help calm and reassure cats
  • A quiet, well equipped cat only consulting room
  • A cat only hospitalisation ward with large kennels, comfortable, soft bedding and cat igloos or perch and hide boxes to allow your cat privacy during their stay with us
  • Overnight hospitalisation facilities so your cat can stay settled in their own kennel during their stay
  • Diagnostic imaging facilities so investigations can be undertaken on site
  • Excellent surgical facilities for your cats
  • A range of equipment such as blood pressure monitors and cat specific weighing scales to provide a high level of care to our feline patients

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Silver cat friendly clinics in Kippax and Batley

As a Silver Standard Cat Friendly Clinic, we are trained to handle cats in a manner that minimises stress, fear and anxiety, as well as advising you on the best way to safely and comfortably transport your cat to Abbey House Vets in Kippax and Batley.

We have in-house cat advocates, listed below, who is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and to provide information and advice on caring for your cat.

Abbey House Kippax cat advocates: Steph Preston and Lucy Hewitt

Abbey House Batley advocates: Sarah Podwell and Roberta Bocedi.

 Our cat friendly facilities include:

  • A separate cat waiting area. There are raised areas on which to place your cat carrier which will be away from areas where other animals may be waiting. There is also a visual barrier to give the cats an extra sense of security
  • The use of feline pheromone diffusers to help calm and reassure
  • A quiet, well equipped consulting room suitable for cats to feel calm in
  • A range of equipment such as blood pressure monitors and cat specific weighing scales to provide a high level of care to our feline patients
  • A hospitalisation ward where there is a visual barrier between the cat and other species. We provide comfortable, soft bedding and cat igloos or perch and hide boxes to allow your cat privacy during their stay with us
  • Facilities for surgery, dentistry, lab testing and diagnostic imaging are available to allow procedures to be performed to a high standard of care for feline patients

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Bronze cat friendly clinic in Cleckheaton, Halton and Rothwell

As a Bronze Standard Cat Friendly Clinic, we are trained to handle cats in a manner that minimises stress, fear and anxiety, as well as advising you on the best way to safely and comfortably transport your cat to Abbey House in Cleckheaton, Halton and Rothwell. At Cleckheaton, we have in-house cat advocates Sarah Powell and Teresa Ferreyro who are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and to provide information and advice on caring for your cat.

Our cat friendly facilities include:

  • Raised areas to place your cat carrier on in the waiting room which will be away from areas where other animals may be waiting. Where possible, there will be a visual barrier
  • The use of feline pheromone diffusers to help calm and reassure cats
  • A quiet, well equipped consulting room suitable for cats to feel calm in
  • A range of equipment such as blood pressure monitors and cat specific weighing scales to provide a high level of care to our feline patients
  • A ward/affiliated clinic where cats can be hospitalised which has a visual barrier between the cat and other species. Here, your cat will be provided with comfortable, soft bedding and cat igloos or perch and hide boxes to allow your cat privacy during their stay
  • We/ our affiliated clinic has facilities for surgery, dentistry, certain lab tests and diagnostic imaging are available to allow procedures to be performed to a high standard of care for feline patients

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If you have any questions regarding the facilities and care we provide for your cats, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In the meantime, you may find the leaflets below useful:

What is a cat friendly clinic? [PDF]

Bringing your cat to the clinic [PDF]

Taking your cat home from the clinic [PDF]

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