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Island VetCare has been awarded internationally-recognised GOLD Cat Friendly Clinic status for the 5th year in a row in 2023!

The International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) is the veterinary division of International Cat Care (www.icatcare.org), a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.

Island VetCare has been designed with you and your cat in mind. As a clinic we have proven that we adhere to a set of criteria, set out by International Cat Care, to ensure we provide and maintain a high standard of veterinary care.

This includes the provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients.  The practice boasts its separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline friendly hospitalisation cages and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats.

Most importantly, staff are trained in approaching and handling cats sensitively and respectfully, and in maintaining high standards of veterinary care, including continuing to update their knowledge of feline medicine as new treatments and information become available.

We understand that cats are unique creatures and present novel challenges when bringing them to a veterinary practice.

  • Cats often do not travel well and feel unsafe away from their home
  • They are highly sensitive to new sights, sounds, and smells
  • Most cats prefer quiet and solitude and are highly susceptible to stress
  • Most cats are highly stressed by nearby dogs in a vet surgery
  • Cats need to be handled gently and with respect in the practice

Achieving the Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation involves all colleagues, from receptionists, nurses and technicians, through to vets. Each accredited practice also has at least one ‘Cat Advocate’ – someone who ensures the cat friendly standards are adhered to, and who would be happy to talk to you.