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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…..!!!!!!

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Parasite Prevention/Revolution

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Protect Your Cat from Fleas and Other Parasites

 You love your feline friend, and you want to keep them safe from anything that can pose a threat to their health. This includes those pesky parasites, many of which can cause diseases and other health problems for your cat. Now that it’s summer, these little critters will be multiplying and finding hosts to feed on, making your cat a potential target. Even indoor cats are at risk, since fleas and mosquitoes can easily make their way into your home.

The Cat Practice in New Orleans, LA recommends that you protect your cat from parasites with Revolution, the FDA-approved topical medication for cats that’s applied monthly. With just one dose, you can protect your cat from several dangerous internal and external parasites, including fleas, heartworms (caused by mosquitoes), ear mites, roundworms, and hookworms.

How Does Revolution Work?

 The active ingredient in Revolution is selamectin, which is a topical parasiticide and antihelminthic (worm killer). It’s quick and easy to apply and offers 30 days of protection from parasites with every application. You simply part your cat’s fur at the base of the neck and place the tube on the visible skin area. Then squeeze the tube a few times in that spot until it’s empty. Our doctors can demonstrate the procedure from beginning to end during your next visit so you can be sure you’re doing it correctly from home.

As an FDA-approved product, Revolution is safe and effective, both for your cat and your family, including cats that are breeding, pregnant, lactating, and heartworm-positive. And unlike other products, you don’t have to separate your cat from the rest of the family after you apply the medication.

Does My Cat Really Need Parasite Protection?

 This is a common question that’s asked of cat owners whose feline friends live indoors, and in most cases, the answer is YES! This is especially true if you have a dog in your home, since they can easily bring fleas in which can then infest your cat. Fleas can also hitch a ride on the soles of your shoes and end up on your carpet. Even just spending time on the balcony with your cat can put them at risk for fleas as well as mosquitoes.

The doctors at The Cat Practice in New Orleans, LA would be happy to speak with you about your cat’s specific parasite prevention needs and answer any questions you have about Revolution. Give us a call at (504) 525-6369 to schedule an appointment and to purchase a box for your feline friend!

 

Keep Your Cat Safe in a Heat Wave

The temperature is soaring, and it’s only going to get hotter. Make sure you know how to keep your cat safe in the summer heat.

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  1. Watch out for heatstroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse. If you think your cat may have heatstroke, get the vet ASAP — the condition can cause permanent organ damage and death. Learn more about heatstroke in pets.
  2. Offer your cat several ways to cool off. Leave a fan on in a place where your cat can sit in front of it, add some ice cubes to her water or offer her a cool treat (check out our recipe for catsicles.)
  3. Let your cat find cool spots in the house. Your cat will seek out the cooler parts of your home, so make sure she has access to areas with tile floors or rooms that don’t get much sun.
  4. Play in the morning or evening. Any exercise should take place during the cooler hours of the day. This is especially important for young kittens and seniors, both of whom are very vulnerable to heatstroke. (If your cat has just eaten, make sure you give her some time to digest before you begin playtime.)
  5. Brush your cat often. A well-groomed, tangle-free coat will help keep your cat cool. (Learn more about grooming your cat.)

 

Article originally published by PetFinder.

Mothers Day Essay Submission

I am a very lucky cat because I don’t have one mother but 3. There is the chief mother and 2 smaller ones.

I fell in love with you at first sight and I am so happy I decided to adopt you! When my chief mother kisses goodnight to my 2 smaller mothers, I follow you from room to room and get plenty of family hugs. I know you laugh at me saying that I think I am a dog, but really, this is how I love you. It also makes laugh that I befriend dogs, and I don’t have one ounce of aggressivity in me, but I am just a loving person and as you say: “kind of a zen monk”.

You all really take good care of me so I never stop going from one to the other, to show you that I love you equally. I feel so safe with you that I don’t complain when you give me my treatment and I know you appreciate it because you always give me a treat. I know you feel safe with me too, because I protect you, stay with you if you are sick. warn you when there is a noise outside. I can’t help it, it is in my nature to protect you!

I am not a pet, I am much more than that. I am your son, you are my mothers, and I love it! I love you moms! Happy mother’SSS day!

Love always,

Mr Frimousse.

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Essay Contest Submission

Ms. Ginja,

My name is Charlie and I want to tell you my story. I think I might have had a family before at one time. I really don’t know why they didn’t want me anymore and stopped taking care of me. I was on my own for a long time until last month when I found my way into this nice lady’s backyard. I was in pretty bad shape by then. This lady would feed me and talk to me and try to get me to trust her. One day she caught me! She put me in a cage and took me to the doctor. She knew I needed help and that I could not get better on my own. She was afraid I would not live much longer if left outside with nobody to help me. I was a real mess. I had wounds on my legs that were not healing, I was skinny and hungry, and I had so many of these nasty little bugs on me that I felt like I was being eaten alive. My skin was raw and ugly because I scratched so much to try to get rid of the mites. I think it even shocked the doctor and his staff when they saw me the first time. But Dr. Cousins and his staff took very good care of me and treated me like royalty even though I was just a common cat, and an ugly mess of one at that. I’m getting better now thanks to this lady that calls herself my mom (and all of you at the Cat Practice). My wounds are healed, the bugs (scabies) are gone and my hair is growing back. Mom says she named me Charlie because I have a black spot like a mustache under my nose and I remind her of Charlie Chaplin whoever that is, and she tells me I’m going to be a pretty handsome guy. I live inside now. I no longer have to worry about being cold, wet or what I’m going to eat or worse, what could eat me! Mom makes sure I eat healthy food every day (much better than the trash I was eating on the street) and that I have a comfortable place to sleep. I never had a real bed before and it feels so good to curl up and fall asleep now. It’s hard for me to trust humans, but I’m trying to get to know her. I know it hurts her feelings when I shy away from her, but she’s being really patient with me. She keeps telling me she hopes one day that I will love her as much as she loves me. She even bought me these things called toys. I never had things like this before and don’t really know what to do with them, but I do really like the way they smell. That catnip stuff is awesome!

Mom didn’t have to rescue me, but she did. She already has two other fur kids to take care of and really couldn’t afford another. I have a kitty brother, Minnie, that mom rescued just like me. I also have a doggie sister, Sally, that mom rescued from the animal shelter. She’s pretty cool, for a dog. Minnie and Sally have both told me that Mom will often times do without things she really needs or wants just so she can take care of us. She makes sure we all have the best food, the best medical care, toys to play with, and comfortable beds. She even feeds my friends that are still outside – Fuzzy, Cry Baby, Lil’ Bit, Kitty Kitty and Grumpy Cat. She gives us all of her love and attention, but she does not take care of herself. Everything she does is for us. My Aunt Diane is always telling Mom she should take better care of herself. Mom says we are her whole world and nothing makes her happier than being with us. Sometimes though I’ll see her crying and I asked Sally & Minnie why. They told me Mom had another kitty called Meow that passed away last year. It was very hard on Mom to lose him and she still misses him terribly.

I know that my mom is not the only human to rescue kitties like me, and that all moms love and care for their fur kids. But those other moms are not MY mom. Only MY mom takes care of ME and loves ME, and I’m so happy she does and that she made me part of her family along with Minnie and Sally. I think I’m going to like it here.

Sincerely,

Charlie Lester

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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Feeding Older Cats

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Cats begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to twelve years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these are unavoidable. Others can be managed with diet.

  1. Start your cat on a senior diet at about seven years of age.
  2. The main objectives in the feeding an older cat should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow or prevent the development of chronic disease, and minimize or improve clinical signs of diseases that may already be present.
  3. As a cat ages, health issues may arise, including:

    – deterioration of skin and coat
    – loss of muscle mass
    – more frequent intestinal problems
    – arthritis
    – obesity
    – dental problems
    – decreased ability to fight off infection

  4. Routine care for geriatric pets should involve a consistent daily routine and periodic veterinary examinations to assess the presence or progress of chronic disease. Stressful situations and abrupt changes in daily routines should be avoided. If a drastic change must be made to an older pet’s routine, try to minimize stress and to realize the change in a gradual manner.

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Weaning

During weaning, kittens gradually progress from dependence on a mother’s care to social independence. The process typically takes between four and six weeks, with most kittens completely weaned by the time they’re eight to ten weeks old.

Overweight Cats

Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, can be detrimental to the health of a cat. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.

Nutrition Tips for Kittens

If you’re responsible for taking care of kittens in the first few months of their lives, you need to be prepared to move them from a diet of milk to regular kitten food. Here are some easy tips.

Nutrients Your Cat Needs

Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind.

Feeding Your Adult Cat

Adult cats should eat enough of a high-quality, nutritious food to meet their energy needs and to maintain and repair body tissues. The amount you feed your adult cat should be based on his or her size and energy output.

Nutrients Your Dog Needs

If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living.

 

 

Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/feeding-older-cats

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