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La Russa “Housecat Housecall” appearance on Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and family to appear on feline-focused television show Saturday morning.

Dr. Katrina and La Russa familyHousecat Housecall, one of the first reality-based cat television programs, in its third season on Animal Planet, provides cat-owning families with resolutions for addressing their various cat behavioral concerns.

The television series, which airs on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific and 9:30 a.m. Central, with encores on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. E/P on Animal Planet, is hosted by popular TV personality and Australian veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren.

Each week, Dr. Katrina visits cat-owning homes, observes the cats in their natural environments and recommends actionable solutions to the owners to help them ultimately live more connected lives with their cats.  Housecat Housecall features real cats, real people and a real veterinarian working through a wide range of cat care situations.

In this week’s episode, which airs on June 26, Dr. Katrina (left in photo) works side-by-side with St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa and his family to identify and train “therapy” cats for an animal-assisted therapy program run by ARF, the animal welfare organization founded by La Russa.

Cat owners seeking information about Housecat Housecall or wanting additional cat care guidance beyond the show can visit www.housecathousecall.com. The web site features an episode guide, cast bios and information for accessing Purina Cat Chow Mentors, cat care specialists who are available to share helpful advice any day of the week, at any time.

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