Pain Management for Cats

Dr. W. Mark Cousins was recently awarded as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. This latest accomplishment by Dr. Cousins regarding his expertise in pain management for cats shows a patient commitment that is unparalleled! The Cat Practice understands the role pain management plays in feline medicine. The CVPP certification from the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management demonstrates the commitment of The Cat Practice to do everything we can to mitigate any discomfort our patients are feeling, from either a disease or its treatment. Dr. Cousins is the only veterinarian in New Orleans and the only veterinarian in the Gulf South who holds both a specialty designation in feline medicine and a certification in pain management.

The Cat Practice in New Orleans is Committed to Cat Pain Control

The team at The Cat Practice feels firmly that no feline patient of ours should suffer or feel pain if it is in our ability to stop or decrease it. We pride ourselves in our aggressive approach to cat pain control at our New Orleans feline hospital. Whether your cat is at our hospital for an elective surgical procedure or is suffering from a painful malady, The Cat Practice promises you that we will always attempt to mitigate your kitty’s level of pain and make your cat feel as pain-free as possible.

Whether using pharmaceutical approaches including the latest analgesic drugs offered by veterinary medicine, a Class 4 laser for pain control or healing, or acupuncture, The Cat Practice promises you that we will always take your cat’s comfort into account. That’s our definition of compassion.

Questions About Pain Management

The Cat Practice is continually committed to client education as well as pain management, and we believe it’s important for cat owners to understand their cat’s needs. We encourage you to contact us with your questions about pain management, as well as general cat care.

Cold Weather & Your Cat

The weather can get cold and damp during the winter here in New Orleans, and like us, our cats can experience pain and stiffness in their joints this time of year. However, cats and many other pet species are very subtle about showing signs of discomfort. You’re not likely to see your cat noticeably limping or vocalizing due to joint pain, especially if they’re a senior.

Signs of chronic pain in your cat may include:

  • Decreased activity
  • Sleeping more often
  • Decreased sociability
  • Fussy about having their back touched
  • Seem hesitant or reluctant to make high jumps
  • Limping

To improve your cat’s mobility and quality of life, we can offer a special diet to improve joint function or try medication, acupuncture or laser therapy for optimal results.

It is not easy to diagnose chronic pain in cats due to their gift of subtlety, but making routine observations of your cat’s daily habits and behaviors could afford clues. If you suspect any health issues with your feline, we recommend that you contact our hospital at (504) 525-6369 so we can examine them and find a treatment. Your kitty deserves to be comfortable and cozy during this holiday season, and we’ll be more than happy to make that possible.