Shamrock Vet Clinic

1896 Guthrie Rd
Comox, BC V9M 3X7


Cat friendly practic

Shamrock Animal Hospital is approved by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a "Cat Friendly" Practice. 

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is leading the movement to make veterinary care less stressful for cats and their caregivers.

Established by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM), the Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing the stress for the cat, caregiver, and also the entire veterinary team. 

In 2012, a committee of feline veterinarians from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) realized that many cat caregivers are a bit unwilling or stressed to bring their cat to the veterinarian. The solution was the Cat Friendly Practice® program. Click here to find out more about this initiative.

Veterinary clinics designated as Cat Friendly Practices® have proven they take extra steps that show they understand your cat’s unique needs. The program is designed to:

  • Help reduce the stress from visit to the veterinarian.
  • Improve the quality of care provided.
  • Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff has the knowledge and resources to understand cats’ distinct needs and behavior.


Visiting a Cat Friendly Practice® can provide lifelong benefits for your cat. You can expect your Cat Friendly Practice® to:

  • Understand the unique needs of cats and make veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
  • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, sensitive, and caring manner.
  • Create a physical space designed with you and your cat in mind.
  • Meet standards for facilities and care of hospitalized cats.