The Cat Practice

Therapeutic Care

The Cat Practice provides incredible complementary therapy allowing your feline to heal from an array of medical conditions. With a variety of options to choose from, we’ll be able to assist you with superior therapy treatment.

Laser Therapy

When your cat is feeling pain, it affects every aspect of their life. No pet parent wants to see their furry friend suffer. If they are unable to play, eat or rest comfortably should never be ignored. Our Class 4 Laser therapy is both a safe and pain-free way to treat your cat! Whether they have a laceration or arthritis our laser therapy actually helps cats to relax during the treatment. The best part is that there is no anesthesia required! Faster healing allows your kitty to improve their nerve functions and in some cases even feel the immediate benefit after just a one or two sessions!

The three major benefits of laser therapy begin with how it open the blood vessels while simultaneously activating the lymphatic drainage system. Bruising and inflammation go down and so does your cat’s. Laser therapy then also stimulates pain signal-blocking nerve cells and finally encourages the production of endorphins, helping your cat to relax and get better quickly!

Radioactive Therapy

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects some older cats when the thyroid gland begins to produce too much thyroid hormone. As a result, the cat’s metabolic rate goes go into high gear, causing such symptoms as:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Increased water drinking
  • Matted or greasy fur
  • Fast heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If hyperthyroidism is left untreated, it damages a cat’s organs and body systems, and can cause heart failure.

Here at the Cat Practice, we have incorporated the option of radioactive iodine therapy as part of our therapeutic choices for treating this disease. The beauty of this therapy is that owners no longer have to treat their hyperthyroid kitty with daily meds or special diets. We treat not only our patients with this method, but we receive referrals from other veterinary hospitals across the Gulf South whose clients want this service as well.

What is Radioactive Iodine Therapy?

Radioactive iodine (a substance called I-131) therapy is an alternative to performing surgery on your cat’s thyroid gland or giving your cat daily medication. Best of all, over 95% of cats are cured of hyperthyroidism with just one I-131 injection.

The thyroid gland is the only gland or organ in the body to naturally use iodine. As a result, when radioactive iodine is injected into the body, it goes right to the thyroid gland, where it’s absorbed by the hyperactive thyroid cells, destroying them.

Due to the fact that the radioactive iodine must be eliminated by the cat’s body, your kitty will spend a few days with us so that the radiation levels in your cat’s body are reduced to safe levels before we can send your cat home.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

You may have not heard of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) before or maybe you’d like to explore it further for your cat but aren’t sure where to start. Don’t stress, it’s still pretty new to the Western World!

At The Cat Practice, we strive to bring TCVM to our patients as a great option to help bring your feline a happy and balanced life. Since Western and Chinese Medicine have their own strengths and weaknesses, we use them in conjunction with each other to provide the best care in the New Orleans area. We use the holistic approach of TCVM that comprises four main branches of treatment: acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, Tui-na. Together they are a powerful yet holistic way to treat all elements important to your cat’s health and longevity. TCVM originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the most ancient forms of medicine in human history and continues to evolve! You can count on us to provide your cat with love, care, and excellent medicinal experience.


Acupuncture? For Cats?! We know it may sound impossible, especially for our curious and wiggly felines, but it is a fantastic therapeutic choice. You see, our cats have similar energy points as humans do. If an energy point becomes blocked, then it can cause tremendous pain in other areas of the body. The ancient Chinese treatment, acupuncture, allows those energy blocked energy points to become unblocked. Our very own Dr. W. Mark Cousins is a (TCM) or in other words a veterinary acupuncturist. He is here to answer any doubts or concerns you may have about this type of therapy for chronic pain, asthma, or even to ease side effects of other medical treatments. Acupuncture may have your kitty looking a bit crazy, but the sessions are painless and most cats end up simply relaxing. Some cats even enjoy a nice little nap!

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