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2017 Cat Practice Calendar


It’s that time of year again. We all had so much fun with our 2016 “Cat Practice Family” calendar, we’re going to do it again for 2017! 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 2017 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, 2016. If you would like to submit your cat’s photo for display on our 2017 calendar, please e-mail it (maximum of three pictures per cat) to 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 2017 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!

Vaccines Matter…!!!!

So, it’s time for your kitty’s “shots.”  You bring your cat to your veterinarian and your vet gives your cat its vaccinations.  You feel your responsibility as a pet owner is satisfied, your cat is mad that it went to the vet, and the world is as it should be.

But, is it?  Here’s the problem: all feline vaccines are NOT created equal.  Since the early 1990’s, it was known that some vaccines (as well as some medications that veterinarians inject into cats) can cause problems.  Specifically, the chronic inflammation produced by some vaccines can eventually be the cause of the production of malignant and fatal tumors under the skin of a cat.  These tumor-causing vaccines have a component in them known as an adjuvant which has specifically been known to be the cause to these tumors.

Since 1992, The Cat Practice has not used any vaccine that has contained an adjuvant.  These non-adjuvant vaccines are more expensive than other, adjuvant-containing vaccines; but, we believe that we cannot ethically inject a feline patient with a substance known to potentially cause harm….no matter  the risk.

Please read the Position paper of the American Veterinary Medical Association on this subject.  There are other scientific papers explaining the phenomenon of vaccine associated tumors in cats below as well.   We think this will help you understand how and why The Cat Practice takes the health and well-being of your feline family member so seriously.

What Adjuvants Do

How Tumors Develop Inflammation and Cancer

The Importance of Wellness Exams

Cat Wellness Exams in New Orleans

The Cat Practice is concerned about your feline family members. Did you know that indoor cats can be susceptible to certain diseases and parasites, just like outdoor cats? These include heart disease, kidney disease, heartworm disease, arthritis, urinary problems, feline “asthma,” dental disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, intestinal parasites, and external parasites (fleas). Also keep in mind that cats are masters at hiding illness, often until they are very sick, which is why annual feline wellness exams are so important. Wellness exams allow our doctors to examine your feline friend from nose to tail and determine if advanced diagnostic care is necessary (blood work, X-rays, etc.) or if treatment is recommended.

Please call The Cat Practice today at (504) 525-6369 to schedule a wellness exam for your kitty so we can spot diseases early, before major problems arise. With an annual wellness exam, you can increase the chances of your cat living a long, healthy life.

Top 10 Cat Emergencies

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Cats often become reclusive and hide when they are not feeling well, which makes knowing when they need to be seen by your veterinarian a challenge. They have unique signs of emergency conditions that often go unrecognized by owners. Some injuries are obvious, such as a cat with an open wound, while others have more subtle signs that can be equally dangerous if left untreated. Knowing signs of illness is crucial in determining when to seek emergency care for your cat. Below is a list of some of the most common cat emergencies and their signs.


Urethral Obstruction

This is a condition in which a cat, usually male, is unable to urinate due to a blockage in the urethra (the tube leading from the urinary bladder to the outside environment).


Cats will show a sudden onset of restless behavior, which includes frequent trips in and out of the litter box. They will often attempt to urinate in unusual places such as in a bath tub or on a plastic bag. You may notice a very small stream of urine that contains blood. More often than not, despite a cat’s straining, there may be no urine or even just a drop produced. In later stages of the obstruction, cats may cry loudly, vomit, and become lethargic.


You should consider these signs a serious emergency and seek veterinary care immediately. There are reports of cats developing kidney failure and dying within 12 hours after the onset of signs. Expect your cat to be hospitalized at least 36 hours for treatment of this condition. Veterinary treatments may include a urinary catheter, intravenous fluids, and pain management. Female cats are less likely to become obstructed due to their wider urinary tract.


Toxicities (Poisoning)

The combination of their curious nature and unique metabolism (the way their body breaks down chemicals) makes cats vulnerable to toxins. Owners are often unaware that their home contains multiple products that are poisonous to felines. The most common cat toxins include antifreeze, Tylenol, and rat or mouse poison.


The signs your cat displays depends on the type of poison he or she has encountered. Antifreeze will often cause wobbliness or a drunken appearance first, then progresses to vomiting/weakness as the kidneys fail. Tylenol may cause an unusual swelling of the head and changes the cat’s blood color from red to chocolate brown. Rat or mouse poison interferes with blood clotting so you may see weakness from internal blood loss or visible blood in the urine or stool.


Breathing Problems

Often, cats hide the signs of breathing problems by simply decreasing their activity. By the time an owner notices changes in the cat’s breathing, it may be late in the progression of the cat’s lung disease. There are several causes of breathing changes, but the most common are feline asthma, heart disease, or lung disease.


Foreign Object Ingestion

Many cats love to play with strings or string-like objects (such as dental floss, holiday tinsel, or ribbon), but those strings can be dangerous for your cat. When a string is ingested by a cat, one end may become lodged or “fixed” in place, often under the cat’s tongue, while the rest of the string passes further into the intestine. With each intestinal contraction, the string see-saws back and forth actually cutting into the intestine and damaging the blood supply.


Signs that your cat has eaten a foreign object may include vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and weakness. Occasionally owners will actually see part of a string coming from the mouth or anal area. You should never pull on any part of the string that is visible; instead, call your veterinary health care team immediately.


Surgery is usually necessary to remove the foreign object and any damaged sections of intestine.


Bite Wounds

Cats are notorious for both inflicting and suffering bite wounds during encounters with other cats. Because the tips of their canine, or “fang,” teeth are so small and pointed, bites are often not noticed until infection sets in, which is usually several days after the initial injury.


Cats may develop a fever and become lethargic 48 to 72 hours after experiencing a penetrating bite wound. They may be tender or painful at the site. If the wound becomes infected or abscessed, swelling and foul-smelling drainage may develop.


You should seek emergency care for bite wounds so your veterinarian can thoroughly clean the area and prescribe appropriate antibiotics. Occasionally, the wounds can develop large pockets called abscesses under the skin that require surgical placement of a drain to aid in healing.


Hit By Car

Cats that spend time outdoors are at a much greater risk for ending up in the emergency room. Being hit by a car is one of the most common causes of traumatic injuries, such as broken bones, lung injuries, and head trauma. You should always seek emergency care if your cat has been hit by a vehicle, even if he or she appears normal, because many injuries can develop or worsen over the following few hours.


Increased Thirst and Urination

Sudden changes in your cat’s thirst and urine volume are important clues to underlying disease. The two most common causes of these changes are kidney disease and diabetes mellitus.


Your veterinarian will need to check blood and urine samples to determine the cause of your cat’s change in thirst and urine. Having your pet seen on an emergency basis for these signs is important because prompt treatment increases chances for recovery. Exposure to certain toxins, such as antifreeze or lilies, will show similar signs, and delaying veterinary care can be fatal.


Sudden Inability to Use the Hind Legs

Cats with some forms of heart disease are at risk for developing blood clots. These clots can sometimes lodge in a large blood vessel—the aorta—where they can prevent normal blood flow to the hind legs. If your cat experiences such a blood clotting episode (often called a saddle thrombus or thromboembolic episode), you will likely see a sudden loss of the use of his or her hind legs, painful crying, and breathing changes.


On arrival at the emergency room, your cat will receive pain management and oxygen support. Tests will be done to evaluate the cat’s heart and determine if there is any heart failure (fluid accumulation in the lungs). Sadly, such an episode is often the first clue for an owner that his or her cat has severe heart disease. In most cases, with time and support, the blood clot can resolve, but the cat’s heart disease will require lifelong treatment.


Upper Respiratory Infections

Cats and kittens can experience a variety of upper respiratory diseases caused by a combination of bacteria or viruses. An upper respiratory infections, or URI, can cause sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, lack of appetite, and fever. In severe cases, it can cause ulcers in the mouth, on the tongue, and on the eyes. More often than not, severe cases are seen in cats that have recently been in multiple-cat environments, such as shelters. Small kittens, or kittens struggling to thrive, are also easily infected and may develop more severe complications, such as low blood sugar.


Sudden Blindness

A sudden loss of vision is most likely to occur in an older cat. The most common cause is increased blood pressure (hypertension), which may be due to changes in thyroid function (hyperthyroidism) or kidney disease. There are some cats that appear to have hypertension with no other underlying disease.


Sudden blindness should be treated as an emergency and your veterinarian will measure your cat’s blood pressure, check blood tests, and start medications to lower the pressure and restore vision.


If you notice a change in your cat’s eyes, whether he or she loses vision or not, you should consider this an emergency have your pet seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.



Disclaimer: This website is not intended to replace professional consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed veterinarian. If you require any veterinary-related advice, contact your veterinarian promptly. Information at is exclusively of a general reference nature. Do not disregard veterinary advice or delay treatment as a result of accessing information at this site.




Endymeow 2016 Royalty Announcement

On WWL’s Morning Show on Monday, January 18, between the 8 and 9 o’clock hours, the King and Queen of Endymeow 2016 and their Royal Families will be announced by Morning Show host Eric Paulsen.  The King and Queen will make a live, personal  appearance, resplendent in their finest Mardi Gras regalia.


So, if you want to see the King and Queen of Endymeow 2016, turn your TV’s to WWL on Monday Morning, January 18, between the hours of 8 and 9 AM .


We look forward to seeing everyone at Endymeow 2016 (Friday, January 22, from 7-9 PM at The Cat Practice) to help us celebrate the reign of this year’s monarchs.

Get your 2016 The Cat Practice Calendar!

Get your 2016 The Cat Practice Calendars today as quantities are running low! Call us today at (504) 525-6369 to put in your order!

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Celebrate Pet Safety this Memorial Day

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As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together five tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Be Cool Near the Pool

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray

Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

IDs, Please

Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.



Mother’s Day Essay Contest Submission

Dear Cat Practice,

My Mommy deserves World’s Best Cat Mom because she changed my life and then she saved my life! My mommy rescued me herself when I was just a baby. Well, I actually chose her by jumping out of my bushy wooded area to play with her while she was running one morning. Later that day, she came back to see if I was still there…and to see if I was homeless. I thought those bushes were my new home, but it turns out I got to live in paradise because of my new mommy. Within a few hours, I had a new “brudder” to play with, and I slept in a bed for the first time. Boy was I in heaven! Mommy quickly got me nourished, rested and extremely loved…now Mom and I are like peas & carrots!


We had four worry-free, healthy years until a few months ago when I got really sick. I was in a lot of pain, and mommy took me to Dr. Cousins as soon as she could. My tests were so bad that mommy thought she might lose me. She could’ve let me go, but she didn’t…she fought for me and I fought for her. It wasn’t fun being away from home and away from mommy for a whole week, but everyone was so friendly and took care of me and were happy to accept my kisses at The Cat Practice! Mommy learned how to become my nurse because she loves me so much. I heard that Dr. Cousins even tells our story to other mommies who have kitties with kidney problems too…I hope it gives other mommies hope to stay strong and fight too!


Now don’t get me wrong, having PKD is no picnic! I have to go through a treatment that I really don’t like twice a day. I sometimes hide so that mommy can’t find me. But she gets through it as fast as she can, and I get extra kisses when I’m finished! I know mommy doesn’t like doing this to me either, but I know she does it to make me feel better. I’m still here because of her and I cherish every day I have with her and Ludo (my brudder)!


My favorite time of day is when we snuggle in the mornings. We could snuggle for hours! I find myself so happy that I make lots of biscuits on mommy.  My favorite thing about mommy is how affectionate and caring she is. She always gives me kisses hello & goodbye (she knows how much I love kisses) and is always giving me an extra pat to make sure I know how much she loves me. I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without her…she’s the best!


Meow you know our story. I hope you vote my mommy the best in the whole wide world!


Meow & Kisses,

Olly Granger



Have your cat write us IN HIS OR HER OWN WORDS why he or she has the BEST Kitty Mom. Email is to us at The best story about the best Kitty Mom will get a mani/pedi courtesy of The Cat Practice at an Earth Savers salon of your choice. So, get your kitty to write us now and tell us why YOU ARE THE BEST KITTY MOM. The contest ends May 4th and the winners will be announced for Mother’s Day. All the entries will be visible on our Facebook page and the winning essay will be presented on our website and Facebook. We can’t wait to hear your stories!

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:

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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: