Fear Free Practices

Helping cats feel safe at the veterinarian’s office

Your cat deserves to be treated at a veterinary clinic that goes the extra mile to minimize stress and makes her feel comfortable and relaxed. One way some clinics do this is by becoming certified as “Fear Free.” While the certification is not a necessity, it’s a step in the right direction, says Dr. Katherine Houpt, professor emeritus of behavioral medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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