Research methodology

VMS analyzed all the economic transactions of 8,490 feline patients from a sample of 29 accredited Spanish “Cat Friendly Clinics” between 2015 and 2017. These were compared to the economic transactions of 123,674 feline patients from a second sample of 537 Spanish practices that were not accredited as Cat Friendly, across the same period. Statistical checks were performed to validate that both sample groups had a comparable geographic and size distribution to avoid these factors confounding the research results. In Spain there are currently 94 Cat Friendly Clinics, within an overall total of 5,350 veterinary centers. The key findings are best represented in graphic format, as shown.

Possible future research themes

Future research could aim at validating the hypothesis of a cause-effect relationship by studying the trend of these results before and after achieving CFC accreditation. From a clinical perspective, it could also be very valuable to measure compliance levels and overall health indicators in the feline patients of these clinics, the hypothesis being that this stronger bond should also result in better well-being. As an example, the research showed a higher percentage of sterilized cats in the Cat Friendly Clinics. Additional insights could also be gained by interviewing or surveying the feline owners who attend these clinics, to better understand their satisfaction levels and the key differential factors that drive Cat Friendly Clinics.

Key findings

• Cat Friendly Clinics attract a higher percentage of feline patients.

% of feline patients vs. total active patients

Research methodology

VMS analyzed all the economic transactions of 8,490 feline patients from a sample of 29 accredited Spanish “Cat Friendly Clinics” between 2015 and 2017. These were compared to the economic transactions of 123,674 feline patients from a second sample of 537 Spanish practices that were not accredited as Cat Friendly, across the same period. Statistical checks were performed to validate that both sample groups had a comparable geographic and size distribution to avoid these factors confounding the research results. In Spain there are currently 94 Cat Friendly Clinics, within an overall total of 5,350 veterinary centers. The key findings are best represented in graphic format, as shown.