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Few things are more upsetting to cat parents than the thought of a beloved cat having to spend any time in the hospital, even if it’s only for a few hours before and after an outpatient procedure. And it’s pretty stressful for cats, too, especially if a clinic is not feline-only or doesn’t have a separate cat ward if it’s a mixed practice.

Veterinary staff often drape cat cages with towels to make kitties feel safer, but that makes it hard to monitor them, and every time the towel has to be lifted, the cat will be startled and stressed all over again. The Patient Privacy Screen from the makers of Sheer Fun for Cats offers a way for cats to feel safe while veterinary staff can still visually monitor them.

If you’re not familiar with Sheer Fun for Cats, it’s an interactive toy that stimulates a cat’s natural instinct to hide, hunt, stalk and pounce. Read our full review here.


Patient Privacy Screen features

This 16” x 16” see through screen attaches to the front of the cage using ties. It can be used in place of or in addition to a towel. Cats will be able to see through the screen (it’s like a sheer curtain,) but will feel protected. The screen can be machine washed and dried. The Patient Privacy Screen is made in the USA.


Inspired by a feral cat

The Patient Privacy Screen was inspired by Sheer Fun for Cats inventor Carolyn Keene when she adopted a feral cat who could not be released. “Every time I would walk into the bedroom, he would run behind the Sheer Fun for Cats that was hanging off a table. I’m thinking he felt hidden and safe there,” said Carolyn. She started sending Sheer Fun for Cats to rescues for new intakes, and some vets started using them, too, so she made a less expensive, simpler version.

A testimonial from a veterinary technician

“With the Patient Privacy Screen, there is no need to cover the entire kennel door as the patients feel safe with only their faces behind the screen. Not having to cover the whole door with a towel, and because the PPS allows for the light to go through, this provides a more stable brightness of the environment and will enable us to monitor our patients visually while respecting their privacy. Additionally to improving patient well being by reducing stress, the PPS costs less than a towel and can be laundered with our regular laundry. We can now use the towels as bedding instead of using them like a curtain. I wish I had discovered this product sooner, as this has elevated our standard of care. I highly recommend it for your patients.” – Daniel H., RVT

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3 Comments on Review: Patient Privacy Screen for Veterinary Hospitals and Shelters

  1. My little one has had to stay at the vet a couple times in her life and it was tough on her, she is such a timid little thing. The privacy screen is a great idea. I do wish very much though that vets would have a separate room for cats. Doesn’t it just make sense to keep them separate from the whining, barking dogs?! This causes so much more stress on top of an already stressful situation, especially if a kitty is ill.

  2. This is such a great idea. It takes me back to when Nani was hospitalized overnight when we first learned of her heart disease. She was so scared of people and really stressed being away from me and being around strangers and hearing other cats cry. This would have given her a little privacy to hide behind.

  3. I love this idea and wonder why it took so long to arrive – and why I never thought of that. This is one of the many adaptions/changes that should be made. I fervently wish there were separate cat and dog rooms at each veterinary office. Faced with an unknown and frightening experience, separation from everything familiar and all loved ones, dealing with isolation, and having the terror of the barking in the next cage must affect the poor cat and hinder recovery.

    Going further, I’m very lucky to have a vet who let me take my cat home after surgery because no one would be there to monitor my sweetie during the night. I would never leave my pets unattended. I have no idea if any vet office has fire alarms – which I believe should be mandatory (by law) to protect the animals who are trapped in their cages. I once worked for a vet who had a (mysterious) fire. It was tragic. I would never have given this a moment’s thought if this tragedy did not occur. I’m hoping things change in the future.

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