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Norwalk Animal Hospital Named Cat-Friendly Practice

Broad River Animal Hospital in Norwalk was named a Cat Friendly Practice by The American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Broad River Animal Hospital in Norwalk was named a Cat Friendly Practice by The American Association of Feline Practitioners. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Broad River Animal Hospital has been designated a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Broad River Animal Hospital’s designation as a Cat Friendly Practice ensures that the hospital is committed to improving the health and welfare of cats by supporting and practicing guidelines which have been established by the AAFP. In the United States, there are more cats owned than dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs.

Owners often perceive their cats as being more self-sufficient than dogs and needing less preventive care. In fact, cats are prone to many silent diseases such as dental disease, kidney and heart disease; they frequently hide their pain even from the most astute owners and often don’t show any signs of illness until their condition is very advanced or even fatal. Veterinarians can detect these conditions early on, alerting owners to their pet’s hidden pain and provide management of hidden disease so that the cat can live a longer, more comfortable life.

Here are some alarming statistics:

  • In the U.S., there are 86 million owned cats and 78 million owned dogs.
  • Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
  • Forty-one percent of cat owners visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations.
  • Thirty-nine percent of cat owners say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if the cat was sick.
  • Fifty-eight percent of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
  • Thirty-eight percent of cat owners report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.

CFPs like Broad River Animal Hospital provides an opportunity for veterinary practices to increase feline visits and improve the health and quality of life of cats. They use proven techniques addressing the distinct needs of cats, providing a facility that is equipped for their unique needs, by a knowledgeable staff and with feline-friendly handling.

For more information about Broad River Animal Hospital, call 203-846-3495 or visit www.broadriveranimalhospital.com .

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