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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

Endymeow 2015 Winners on WWLTV

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

 Check out our previous pics from 2014
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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/

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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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.

Caring for pets during emergencies

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Nothing says it better than the horror story from Hurricane Floyd: A man was leaving his flooded home when he noticed a neighbor’s dogs swimming in circles around the yard. Wondering why the dogs didn’t simply swim to safety, the man swam over to investigate. To his horror, he found that the dogs had been left chained to a stake in the yard and were swimming frantically just to stay alive. He was able to rescue the dogs, but stories such as this pointedly demonstrate the need for to you to have a good action plan in place in case a natural disaster strikes your home. In this case, the dogs’ owner most likely had been told to leave everything behind and flee as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, his dogs nearly lost their lives as a result.

In the event of an emergency, your life and your family’s lives are the first you should be concerned with. You should only look to save your animals once you are sure you and your family will be safe. But once you are safe, you most likely will want to ensure the safety of your pets. Are you prepared?

Consider your location

First things first. You can only be prepared with a plan of action if you know what you’re planning for, so take some time to think about the area you live in. Some areas are naturally prone to certain disasters California’s earthquakes, for example. Find out what types of disasters have previously struck your area hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, etc. Contacting your local emergency management office or Red Cross will help you to identify what could affect your particular neighborhood. You should also plan for non-natural disasters fires, gas leaks, chemical spills, etc. If, for example, there’s a big chemical processing plant in your area, then you need to be aware of the possible dangers so that you can react if need be. No matter where you live, you’ve got your own special brand of disaster just around the corner, and it may strike at any time.

If You Leave, They Leave

In the event that you have to leave your home, take your pets with you. If it isn’t safe for you to be there, it isn’t safe for them either. Too often people rationalize that their pets’ instincts will kick in, and they’ll be okay. Even if your cat, who has spent the last six years of his life hunting only the fake mice you pull around on a string for him, does have the instincts to survive, it doesn’t mean that the conditions are survivable. No drinkable water for you means no drinkable water for him too. Of course, you have to have somewhere to take your four-legged friends–Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Make a list of all the places with in a 100-mile radius of your home where you might be able to take your pet if the need arises, include boarding facilities, veterinarians with boarding capabilities, hotels that will accept pets (ask if they’ll allow pets during a disaster situation), and animal shelters. (Use animal shelters only as a last resort, as they will be overburdened with other animals whose owners did not plan for them). Also, you need to gather your critters inside the house as soon as you are aware that you may have to leave, so that you can easily get them when it’s time to go. Then, when you do leave, make sure you have your little friends under firm control–even the best behaved dog can become scared during an emergency, making his behavior less than predictable.

Be prepared

Like a Boy Scout, you should always be prepared. This means having a disaster kit in your home as well as a smaller version in the trunk of your car if your pet routinely rides with you. Make sure that your pet’s kit is contained in something that is easy to pick up quickly and take out the door with you. You should replace this food and water every six months and rethink your pet’s needs for the kit once a year to make sure that the supplies meet your current needs the same collar that fits your new kitten is not likely to fit him a year later.

The kit should include a week’s supply of food and water in nonbreakable, airtight containers to ensure safety and freshness. If you pack canned food you’ll want to make sure you have a hand-held can opener too. And don’t forget a plastic dish that can double as a food and water dish. An extra collar and leash are also important things to have in your kit. You should also have a portable kennel for each of your critters handy. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the official Red Cross policy is that there are no animals allowed in emergency shelters, but they have been known to make exceptions if the animal is securely confined. Pets such as birds will obviously have to have a carrier of some sort as they cannot be leashed. You will want to make certain that you have a well-stocked first-aid kit for your pet that includes tweezers, gauze bandages, first aid cream, antiseptic spray, and hydrogen peroxide. Ask your veterinarian about storing any medications that your pet may need to take regularly.

All the right papers

Many people have their home telephone numbers on their pets’ ID tags. You may want to have an extra set of tags made that list the number of a friend or family member outside the area so that if your phone lines are down, or you’ve been evacuated, your pets can still make it back to you. Another option is to simply include an out-of-area number on your pets’ everyday tag, which can be useful if you’re away on vacation too. And many people don’t have tags for their cats at all, even though they should. According to the 1996 National Council on Pet Population Study, out of one million dogs and 580,000 cats that were taken in as strays, only 17 percent of the dogs and two percent of the cats made it back to their owners. The American Humane Association strongly believes that tags are your pets’ ticket home. You may also want to consider having your pet microchipped or tattooed. And finally, don’t forget the paperwork. Have a copy of your pet’s recent vaccination records in your kit–some boarding facilities may require them before they will take your pet in. A recent picture of your pet may also come in handy if you should become separated and need to make “Lost” posters. Hopefully you won’t ever have to put them up, and hopefully you’ll never have to use your disaster plan. But if you do ever need it, you’ll be very thankful that you were prepared; it could make a trying time a bit easier for you and your faithful companion.

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/general_health_care/caring_for_pets_during_emergencies.aspx

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

Cat Friendly Practice: How Can I Benefit?

Veterinary clinics are now becoming Cat Friendly Practices by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.(AAFP). This means that they have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment such as feline-only waiting areas and examination rooms. Their staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

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  • They make an effort to have a calming environment.
  • They have incorporated a waiting room/area that reduces stress associated with noise, other pets or unfamiliar smells (methods can include feline-only area, cat-only appointment times, going directly into the exam room, etc.).
  • Staff are trained to understand the individualized needs of cats including feline specific behavior and facial features.
  • They implement the Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines to facilitate a more positive experience.
  • They use a slow approach to achieve positive results.
  • They develop an individual plan based on your cat’s specific needs, preferences and behaviors.
  • They implement ways to make you and your cat be as comfortable as possible.
  • Staff continually obtain education on the most current feline research and guidelines.
  • They will help ensure that you are a valuable member of your cat’s healthcare team and help you understand your cat’s needs and what you can do at home to ensure they get the care they need.
  • Many use synthetic feline facial pheromones for a calming effect.
  • Many have a feline-only examination room that provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined calmly and effectively.
  • They have experience to recognize subtle, early signs of fear or anxiety and adapt appropriately.
  • Their cat ward, hospitalization area and operating room have been assessed to include appropriate feline equipment, tools and procedures.

Source: http://www.catvets.com/cfp/cat-owners/cat-owners-benefits

Endymeow 2014

The Cat Practice celebrates Endymeow 2014 with our latest poster. This poster is a limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered. Posters are available for $75.00, plus shipping or $75 at The Cat Practice. Posters will be available after this Friday! Hail Queen Luna Hagenbring and King Bastian Izen!

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