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Cat handling and associated stress: a clinical nursing perspective

Published on Mar 3, 2016in Veterinary Nursing Journal
· DOI :10.1080/17415349.2015.1128859
Lauren Williams1
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AbstractCats are becoming more popular as pets, possibly because they are seen as more suitable for households in which both ‘parents’ are working– but that is a discussion for another day! Certainly, where I am based in London, research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PMFA) shows that the cat population has increased from 10% in 2013 to 12% in 2014 (pfma.org.uk). With this in mind, it is up to us to help our clients understand their feline pets better and in turn provide the best care for our patients. However, many owners may be disinclined to bring their cats to the veterinary practice due to worries about their pet’s mental well-being. This can be detrimental to the cat’s health, as treatable conditions may be left too long for viable treatment options to be used.In this article, I intend to focus on stress-free handling and management of cats in the practice situation.
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