The Cat Practice

Preventative Care

Our commitment to your cat’s health wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t start with prevention. We not only believe in annual vaccines, but also place a strong emphasis on disease prevention in both young and old feline family members. Our animal clinic also focuses on total parasite control and sends out reminders to help you schedule any important visits or pick-ups!

Examinations

When examining your cat’s health, we always make sure to start off with a thorough examination. Our expert veterinarians will go over any concerns or questions you may have. Whether it’s vaccines, parasite control or oral care. We provide examinations in a stress-free environment, allowing your cat to feel safe and secure!

Our main focus for a wellness examination is to maintain the optimal health of your cat. We’ll discuss different elements of your cat’s life. What type of lifestyle (indoor/outdoor) they hold, litter box habits and behavior. We’ll also discuss diet, exercise, and general health. Our veterinarians will also perform a physical examination based on your cat’s history to determine the best course of action. This allows us to create an action plan for any preventative medicine or lifestyle changes that will help maintain or better the health of your feline!

Vaccinations

The Cat Practice prides itself in utilizing the most recent advances in veterinary medicine which includes preventative vaccines. We always want to make sure that your feline friend is up to date on their vaccines, since it’s a vital step to ensure their health and well-being! They are specifically designed to strengthen their immune system and protect them against an illness like rabies, feline leukemia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, and more.

If you’re a little unsure as to how vaccines work don’t worry, allow us to explain! Vaccines contain antigens or in other words a structure almost like that of a disease-causing organism. Then, the antigens will create a moderate immune response from your cat’s immune system, yet it will not make your cat sick! This whole process allows your cat to safeguard itself from potentially devastating and even fatal diseases.

In addition to using the highest-quality cat vaccinations, we also use the safest. Since 1993, we have been using only non-adjuvanted vaccines for our patients. Non-adjuvanted vaccines greatly reduce your cat's risk of having a harmful reaction known as feline injection-site sarcoma.

Parasite Control

We know how frustrating a parasite can be for your cat and the Louisiana humidity allows these pesky creatures to thrive. Let’s first review what the most common cat parasites are:

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Ear Mites
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Heartworms (transmitted through mosquitoes)

Whether they are an indoor or an outdoor cat, it’s incredibly important to keep your cat protected. These parasites are so small that they can easily make their way into your home. Once in your home, they can also be quite tricky to get rid of. However, you don’t need to worry about fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes infecting your furry friend. By using the right preventative, your cat will no longer be at high risk for infection. We’ll go over your options and help you choose a preventative that will keep your cat protected at all times. We can even set up reminders so you always know when it’s time to pick up your feline’s prescription.

We utilize and recommend broad spectrum parasite control drugs, like Revolution Plus year round so that your cat is protected against a broad range of parasites common to this area, including feline heartworm disease.

Dr. Mark Cousins, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society, lectures to other veterinarians nationwide about the prevalence and importance of feline heartworm disease. This important disease (which is completely preventable) is a focus of the preventive care philosophy of The Cat Practice.

Nutrition & Weight Management

The Cat Practice knows first-hand that a healthy and customized diet is vital for your feline’s health. Preventative care would be nothing without making sure that your cat is well nourished and at a healthy weight. We can analyze and discuss the best course of action for your cat and help you to meet your cats’ needs.

In addition to a thorough evaluation, we offer the full line of Hill’s Prescription Diet foods. Check out the variety of diets that we can accommodate.

  • Kidney Disease
  • Bladder Issues
  • Diabetes
  • Dental Disease
  • Metabolic Diet for Weight Control

Any questions or concerns you may have we will happily answer for you! Whether you have questions about your cat's current diet or want to try a prescription diet, our veterinarians are here to guide you along your cat’s journey!

Hill’s has done the nutritional research and has proven science behind the efficacy of their diets. This is why we offer only these finest therapeutic foods to our clients for their cats’ health.

Microchipping

Cats are quite the escape artists, especially indoor kitties! We offer microchips for cats that serve as an identification tool. That way, if your friend happens to run out or go missing and is brought to a vet or shelter, they’ll be able to identify your cat. Microchips are highly recommended for owners of outdoor cats as it’s more likely that they may get lost or even stolen. It is however very important for you to keep your contact details up to date in the database so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Once your cat is old enough, the tiny electronic chip will be implanted under the skin of your kitty. The process is completely painless and is carefully injected between the shoulder blades of your cat. In just a few seconds, your cat is all set to go!