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PEER REVIEWED 34 JULY/AUGUST 2018 todaysveterinarypractice.com 6. To best assess the cat's most immediate emotions: a. Monitor body postures b. Monitor facial expressions c. Monitor behavior 7. Cats that are more challenging to work with include all except: a. An obese cat that is unable to be "scruffed" adequately b. Geriatric arthritic cat with previous negative experiences c. Orphaned kitten found at 10 weeks of age 8. A cat that is painful: a. Does not require analgesia if handled respectfully b. Is suffering both physically and emotionally c. Is suffering physically as pain is an exclusively sensory condition 9. Feline patients that are hospitalized need the option of a place to hide within the cage because: a. They can cope better and are more likely to approach people b. They prefer privacy c. The cage itself is a sufficient hiding area 10. Cats that have negative veterinary experiences should receive the following prior to future visits: a. NK-1 receptor antagonist b. Sedative c. Anxiolytic Understanding the Cat 1. As domestic cats are solitary hunters: a. They are always asocial with unrelated cats b. They are territorial and become aggressive if approached by veterinary personnel c. Predictability and familiarity better facilitate repeat veterinary visits 2. Common stressors associated with the veterinary visit: a. Start as soon as the cat arrives at the veterinary practice b. Are forgotten as soon as the cat returns home c. Start at home prior to the visit 3. Feline emotions are: a. Pleasure, fear and spite b. Fear, pain and frustration c. Anxiety, fear and aggression 4. Cats' preferred areas of touch are: a. Temporal, submandibular and cheek glands b. Supra-caudal, perioral and submandibular glands c. Tail gland, perioral and cheek glands 5. Handling techniques that respect an understanding of the cat result in: a. More human injuries than restraint b. Less human injuries than restraint c. The same amount of human injuries as restraint NOTE Questions online may differ from those here; answers are available once CE test is taken at vetfolio.com/journal-ce . Tests are valid for 2 years from date of approval. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Learn to recognize and prevent the feline stressors surrounding veterinary visits. Regardless of practice type, these measures result in improved patient experiences, client acceptance of veterinary services, and reduced injury rates. Handling techniques specific to the situations and knowing when to use chemical restraint will improve the experience for all involved. TOPIC OVERVIEW Understanding the protective behaviors of the cat as a solitary hunter aids in our understanding and prevention of their stressors associated with veterinary visits. When stressors cannot be prevented, learning the signs of feline distress and specific handling techniques can prevent exacerbation of problems and injury. The article you have read has been submitted for RACE approval for 1 hour of continuing education credit and will be opened for enrollment when approval has been received. To receive credit, take the approved test online for free at vetfolio.com/journal-ce . Free registration on VetFolio.com is required. Questions and answers online may differ from those below. Tests are valid for 2 years from the date of approval. CONTINUING EDUCATION

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