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Tony La Russa, "Reality-Based Cat TV" Star

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In the Viva El Birdos press release mailbox, word that Tony La Russa will appear on Animal Planet's "hit reality-based cat TV series", Cat Chow's Housecat Housecall. (The titling rights were purchased by Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.) 

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"The third season of Cat Chow's Housecat Housecall continues our mission of providing cat owners with actionable tips and tools to help them create a well-balanced home life for the whole family, including the cat," said Dr. Katrina Warren. "It is extremely rewarding to watch a family finally realize the true joy of having a cat after we've been able to help them work through all their cat's behavioral challenges."

This season of Cat Chow's Housecat Housecall tackles issues revolving around household integration as in the case of Star, a cat trying to adjust to a household dominated by dogs, or Mia and Peaches, two cats in need of coaxing to warm up to the man of the house. Other stories involve a cat named Tuxedo, who has developed inappropriate scratching behaviors, and Taz, a cat who started to act out when his teenage caretaker left for college. In the case of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa, Dr. Katrina worked side-by-side with him and his family to identify and train "therapy" cats for an animal-assisted therapy program run by ARF, the animal welfare organization founded by LaRussa.

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Tony's passion for animals is well-known, but his passion for appearing in front of cameras, judging by his usual press conferences, must have just recently taken root. If you want to watch La Russa and family training cats, tune into Animal Planet Saturday at 9:30 AM CDT, or better yet buy a DVR and then record it.