A Farnham animal hospital has received a prestigious endorsement of its care for cats with an award from the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM).

Cathcart and Winn Veterinary Clinic, which is based in Farnham, has seen its animal hospital recognised as a silver cat-friendly clinic (CFC) by the ISFM.

Cathcart and Winn vet and cat advocate Naomi Key said the award was recognition of the hospital’s determination to promote wellbeing and the highest possible standards of care for all cats visiting them.

Naomi said: “We’re very proud to have achieved silver cat-friendly clinic status.

“It really has been a big team effort and is a fitting reward for everyone’s hard work and dedication.

“We have ensured we provide a low-stress environment which respects the natural needs of our feline patients. It’s a continuous priority across the practice and we always look to keep improving.

“We have meetings to discuss changes we’ve made and things we can still change, with our ultimate aim of achieving CFC gold.

“The ISFM examines the provision of facilities and staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients.

“Its criteria include having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats.

“Most importantly, staff are encouraged to approach and handle cats sensitively and respectfully.”