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Annual Endymeow in New Orleans

Do you have royalty in your household? As Endymeow 2016 draws near, The Cat Practice in New Orleans is pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the Royal Court of Endymeow 2016. Dress your kitty in his/her finest Mardi Gras regalia (a pair of beads or go all out in your cat’s finest costume) and email the photo to see if your kitty is chosen to be on the Royal Court. Don’t you want to see your cat as a duke or a maid? The pictures will be displayed at Endymeow 2016 and on our Facebook page after the event and will be enshrined on our website permanently.

Please email your kitty’s Mardi Gras portrait to endymeow@catpractice.com, and follow us on Facebook to look for your kitty’s pic on our page. When you send a picture of your cat in his/her Mardi Gras finest, you will receive an invitation to Endymeow 2016. If you have any questions about the photo submission policy or about Endymeow, give us a call at 504-525-6369. Take a look at the winners from 2015!

Annual Endymeow in New Orleans
Annual Endymeow in New Orleans

Happy Mardi Gras…..!!!!!!

View more pictures from Endymeow 2015

Holiday Cat Safety Tips

Holiday Cat Safety Tips in New Orleans, LA

From decorations to toxic foods, the holiday season can be a dangerous time for a cat, but the team at The Cat Practice in New Orleans is determined to make it safe for your feline friend. Consider the following holiday cat safety tips, and have a very merry Christmas and joy-filled new year with your family!

Christmas Decorations in NOLA

They shine, they sparkle, and they add a nice finishing touch to Christmas trees and gifts, but some of those decorations can be hazardous to your cat. High on the list are tinsel, garland, and ribbons. You’re probably well aware of the curious nature of cats and how easily drawn they are to stringy, sparkly things. Many cats have been known to even eat these things, but this can result in intestinal blockage and land them in the emergency room for pet surgery. We know that’s the last place you want to spend the holidays with your cat, so keep these stringy decorations out of your cat’s reach or simply avoid using them altogether.

Seasonal Plants Could be Dangerous for Cats

Is there mistletoe and holly hanging high above your doorway? If so, make sure it stays up there, out of your cat’s reach. Mistletoe and holly are just a couple of the many plants that are known to be mildly to moderately toxic to cats. If ingested, symptoms can include your cat to vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even seizures. Other toxic seasonal plants include poinsettias (mildly toxic) and lilies (moderately to severely toxic). To keep your cat safe, simply keep these poisonous plants out of their reach or buy artificial plants instead.

Christmas and New Years Parties for Cats

Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party at your place this year? Don’t forget to consider your cat’s safety during the planning. If your cat is the social type, make sure to keep an eye on them around your guests, especially if your cat has claws. Remember to also consider the possibility of any of your guests having allergies. If you decide it’s best—both for your cat and your guests—to not include your furry friend on the party festivities, keep your cat in a separate room where they can relax.

If you have any questions about these cat holiday tips, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment at The Cat Practice, give us a call at 504-525-6369

New Orleans’ 2016 Cat Practice Calendar

Calendar for Cats and Kittens in New Orleans

It’s that time of year again. We all had so much fun with our 2015 “Cat Practice Family” calendar, we’re going to do it again for 2016! If you want your kitty to be a poster pin-up cat, take your best shot and send it to The Cat Practice so we can highlight your feline family member as a monthly model for our 2016 cat calendar. We will pick the best photos submitted to represent each month.

Photo Submission Rules and Instructions:

Kitty photos will be accepted until November 1, 2015. If you would like to submit your cat’s photo for display on our 2016 calendar, please e-mail it (maximum of three pictures per cat) to calendar@catpractice.com. Pictures should be no smaller than 1 megapixel. Please also include the following information with your e-mail submission:

  1. Your name
  2. Your pet’s name
  3. City, state, and country
  4. The following statement MUST be copied and attached to your photo:

I agree that I am an amateur photographer of at least 18 years of age. I hereby grant The Cat Practice, Inc. the non-exclusive royalty/free irrevocable rights, exercisable in its sole discretion, to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise use the images (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the image(s) in any and all market and media. I have the exclusive right to grant such rights to The Cat Practice, Inc. I agree to allow use of my cat’s name in publicity or advertising without compensation. I understand and agree that The Cat Practice shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise use the images, nor shall it be obligated to prevent or have any liability for, any unauthorized copying, publishing, displaying, or use of images.

When Will the Calendars Be Available?

The 2016 Cat Practice Calendar will be available for Christmas, just in time for the New Year, and will make great stocking stuffers. So, send your best kitty pics today, and give us a call at
(504) 525-6369 if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see your photos!

The Cat Practice of New Orleans Host its Annual Endymeow for 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Jan. 22, 2015 — Hail, Krewe of Endymeow! Will your feline be dressing up in their finest Mardi Gras regalia for New Orleans’ annual Endymeow Bal Masque? If so, it’s time to send your pics! Photos of your fabulous feline can be sent to The Cat Practice Veterinary Hospital at endymeow@catpractice.com no later than Friday, January 23, to be considered for the Krewe. Please include your name, address, phone number, and your cat’s name in the body of the e-mail.

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Be sure to also catch Dr. Cousins on WWL’s morning show with Eric Paulsen and Sally Ann Roberts (Channel 4) on Monday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m. CST with the newly crowned Royal Court of Endymeow, King Cheetoh Moreno and Queen Lila Terry. King Cheetoh and Queen Lila will be then introduced to the city of New Orleans prior to the masque and receive the honor of having their photos displayed for a year.

 Endymeow 2015

The 2015 Endymeow Bal Masque will be held on Friday, January 30, from 7-9 p.m. at The Cat Practice Veterinary hospital, 809 Magazine Street, in the Lower Garden District. You can learn more about Endymeow at the hospital’s Facebook page visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cat-Practice-NOLA/109565355748387

 The Cat Practice

The Cat Practice is an award-winning facility, the best cat hospital in New Orleans and the only one dedicated to cats only, located in the historic Lower Garden District of New Orleans at 1809 Magazine Street. We are a full-service practice, providing both Western medicine and Chinese veterinary medicine. We incorporate the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of any veterinary hospital…except we provide care just for cats! Visit: http://www.catpractice.com/

 

 

 

ENDYMEOW 2015

We want to see your cat dressed up in their finest Mardi Gras regalia for our Endymeow 2015 Court and Krew! Submit your cat’s pictures to endymeow@catpractice.com today. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and your cats name in the body of the e-mail.

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The Cat Practice Christmas Story

Once upon a time, there was a kitty named Marigny that was so loved and so beautiful, that he was chosen to be on the cover of The 2015 Cat Practice calendar.  He even lost weight to be a terrific model.  But, before the calendar was printed, Marigny decided to “have a walk-about” and he left home.  Even worse, is that Marigny had a bit of a problem; he was mostly blind.

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His owner was frantic and looked for Marigny high and low….but, to no good end.  Santa’s elves at The Cat Practice were very sad….because Marigny was one of their favorite cats to play with when he boarded (as he did often).  It was even sadder to see his beautiful face on the 2015 Cat Practice calendar and think that all might not see him again…..

Then, right before Christmas, a kind stranger (not known around these parts) just happened to walk into The Cat Practice with a cat he found….a cat that was hanging around his house that he didn’t want.  This kind stranger asked if the Elves could find a microchip in this kitty.  They didn’t need to…!!!!!  IT WAS MARIGNY….!!!!!!!  The Elves recognized him right away, for no other cat looked like him (or had eye problems like him).

His Daddy was called and he was ecstatic…!!!!!  The Elves were jumping for joy, high-fiving each other, and eating lots of candy….!!!!!  For Marigny was home and there was now happiness, peace, joy, and less candy in Cat Practice Land.  So, from the all the Elves at The Cat Practice, may YOUR Christmas be one of excitement and the re-discovery of what was once lost and now newly found.

Be Happy and Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!!

Is Your Cat Missing the Litter Box?

You have a problem. Your cat is thinking outside the box, and not in a good way. You may be wondering what you did to inspire so much “creative expression.” Is your cat punishing you? Is Fluffy just “bad”? No, and no. House soiling and missing the litter box is a sign that your cat needs some help.

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According to the Winn Feline Foundation, house soiling is the number one complaint among cat owners. The good news is that it is very treatable.

An accredited veterinarian can help you determine if the problem is medical or related to social or environmental stressors. In addition to a complete physical exam, the doctor will ask you specific “where and when” questions.

Health factors
Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, a specialist in feline urinary disorders at The Ohio State University, and founder of the Indoor Cat Initiative says that many veterinarians recommend a urine test for every cat with a house soiling problem. The urinalysis will determine if blood, bacteria, or urinary crystals are present — signs that your cat might have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).
FLUTD is very common and can cause painful urination. Cats that begin to associate the litter box with pain will avoid it. Other medical possibilities include hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, diabetes, and arthritis and muscle or nerve disorders that might prevent your cat from getting to the litter box in time.

Environmental factors
If there is no medical cause, the next step is to look at environmental factors. Start with the litter box. Your cat might be avoiding the litter box because it is not cleaned well enough, you’ve changed the type of litter you use, or there is only one box for multiple cats.
Another possibility is that your cat is “marking” — spraying urine, typically on vertical objects such as walls and furniture, or in “socially significant” areas near doors or windows. Both male and female cats mark. The most common offenders are cats that have not been spayed or neutered.
Buffington says that stress can cause elimination problems too. For example, subtle aggression or harassment by other house cats or neighborhood cats may be an issue.

Indoor Cat Initiative
Even unremarkable changes in your home can make your cat anxious or fearful. Look around. Did anything change right before your cat started having problems? Did you get a new pet? A new couch? Maybe you just moved the old couch to a different part of the room, or had a dinner party. Cats are sensitive creatures and changes that seem small to you can throw your cat off his game. Check with your veterinarian about finding solutions that work for both you and your cat.

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/cat_care/behavior/missing_the_litter_box.aspx 

Hurricane Season Checklist for Your Cat

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Let The Cat Practice help you prepare your cat for a safe and smooth evacuation.

  • Is your cat current on his/her vaccinations? 
  • Is your cat microchipped and have current photo identification?
  • Do you have medication for travel?
  • Do you have enough medication and special food for extended evacuation?
  • Do you have heart worm and flea prevention for an extended evacuation?
  • Do you have enough food, water, bowls, litter boxes and litter for an extended evacuation?
  • Does your cat have a carrier?
  • Do you have an evacuation route planned?
  • Are you aware of the pet friendly hotels for evacuation? www.officialpethotels.com

Sign up for our internet based information system, Pet Portal, which is customizes for your cat. This free service has all of the pertinent medical information needed for your pet. You will receive an invite for Pet Portal via email.

Disaster Preparedness Tips

You may have heard about, if you were not part of, the natural disasters that have happened around the world.  One thing we know for sure is that hey can happen at any moment, so it is important to be well prepared.

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Here are 3 easy steps that will help you get started on disaster preparedness.

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker to let people know pets are inside your home.

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven in the event of evacuation.

Step 3: Keep an Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits handy and make sure everyone in your home knows where it is kept.

 

Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness

Dr. Cousins on WWLTV Discussing Feline Heartworms