Successful intervention to solve behavior or health problems requires understanding the personal style of the owner, the type of cat-owner relationship, the trusting relationship the veterinarian nurtures with the owner, and the characteristics of the treatment plan. Foundational to Quality of Life for cats is a safe, predictable environment and a stable relationship with humans and others in the household. The success or failure of a treatment program is dependent upon the owner carrying out the recommendations of the veterinarian. This requires that the owner trust the veterinarian and that the plan not harm the relationship between the cat and the owner. If the owner views the relationship with their cat as having deteriorated because of the parts of the recommended plan, compliance will be unlikely. The owner priorities and needs, the foundational needs of the cat and the construction of a treatment plan that balances both is critical to success.
Understand the role of coping with fear in cats and how to ease this process
Create home and veterinary establishment goals for improving quality of life for cats
Use information about components of QOL for cats to plan interventions within the practice
Teach clients how to modify environments in the home to improve QOL for cats