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What is Cat Feline Immunodeficiency Virus? (FIV)

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What is Cat Feline Immunodeficiency Virus? (FIV)fiv

Cat FIV is a virus passed from cat to cat. This virus typically develops from the saliva of a deep bite wound or from an FIV-infected mother cat to her kitten. It is less commonly spread through sharing of food bowls and litter boxes, and sneezing.

FIV significantly weakens the immune system which causes the cat to also be more susceptible to secondary infections. FIV symptoms may not emerge until several years later. There are a significant number of symptoms. We recommend you review the complete list of symptoms by clicking onto the link: http://pets.webmd.com

How can a cat be diagnosed and treated?

Contact your vet to conduct a blood test to review a complete chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. There is not a specific treatment, however, your vet will determine the best approach to ensure a well-managed life with potential medications to stimulate the cat’s normal immune response. Keeping an infected cat in a stress-free environment and a proper diet can be an important approach to pet care to help foster a long and productive life.

How can FIV be prevented?

Any cat is vulnerable to FIV, however the best cat care includes keeping your cat indoors to help protect and prevent your cat from aggressive territorial fights with other cats that cause deep bite wounds. You can also vaccinate your cat against the virus, however the vaccination is controversial. A vaccinated cat will also test positive for FIV, and the antibodies produced from the vaccine cannot distinguished from natural infection. Therefore, an incorrect diagnosis of FIV may be made.

Can a cat transmit FIV to a human? No. It is only transmitted from cat to cat.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from http://pets.webmd.com

How Harmful Is Cats Playing With Yarn?

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How Harmful Is Cats Playing With Yarn?yarn1

Cats may look awfully cute while playing with yarn. However, it is an “incredibly bad” thing to let happen.

Contrary to popular belief, it is very dangerous for cats to be have access to yarn. If they start playing and chewing a piece of yarn, they can keep swallowing the string and it can bunch up in the intestines. Trying to pull the string out of the cat’s mouth can perforate the cat’s intestine. Therefore, if a cat swallows yarn, ribbon or a string, take the cat to the vet or an emergency clinic ASAP. Swallowing such items can be potentially DEADLY!

yarn2Our pet boarding servies includes providing a toy for cat guests if their guardian has not provided one. As part of our pet care, we remove all tinsel, ribbons, feathers from our toys to prevent any potential digestion. We do not leave long string toys inside the cat condo’s…safety is our number one priority!

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from www.catbehaviorassocites.com

What Is Cat Miliary Dermatitis?

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What Is Cat Miliary Dermatitis?dermititis

Miliary dermatitis is a skin condition where small bumps (about the size of millet seeds) appear on the cat’s skin. This is an irritated area which has a red and crusty rash located around the head, neck, back, base of the tail, or belly.

What are possible causes?

  • Reaction to flea allergies/bites
  • Cheyletiella mites (fur mites or "walking dandruff"
  • Other Allergies (inhalant allergy, food allergy, pollens)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mites
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Poor diet
  • Hormonal/endocrine disorder 

What are the symptoms?

This can be a very itchy rash that that progresses to small lesions covered by scabs which can worsen with licking, biting, and scratching. Hair loss in the affected area may also occur.

What should you do?

Contact your vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment to relieve any discomfort and determine how best to remove and prevent the problem allergens.  Diagnosis can include analysis of coat brushings/fur samples to check for parasitic infections such as mites, fleas, or fungal infections, allergy testing, skin scrapings/biopsy, and fecal examination to detect intestinal parasites.

It is possible for a pet care plan to include anti-inflammatory medications, medicated baths or change in food.  Consult your vet for the best customized treatment and cat care plan. 

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from Webvet.com and Catworld.com

Why Do Cat's Bite Their Nails?

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Why Do Cats Bite Their Nails?catnailbiting

Chewing and biting nails are a normal part of a cat’s cleaning process. Biting nails can be done to remove loose or old outer sheath. Vertical scratching posts and horizontal scratching pads are helpful with removing old nail sheaths. However, it is possible that continual / compulsive nail biting is an indication of anxiety, injury, or infection. In a situation of compulsive behavior your vet should be notified to determine if the behavior is medical or behavioral.

Cat nail biting as a form of anxiety can be related to humans biting nails. Compulsive nail biting and other compulsive behaviors are ways in which cats demonstrate self-soothing actions when they are feeling stressed, lonely, or bored.

What should you do if “Kitty” is biting nails? Great pet care also includes observation and asking questions such as: How frequently is “Kitty” biting nails? Are there any changes occurring within his/her environment that may contribute to anxiety? Are there changes in his/her routine or new people in the home? The answers could lead you to some ideas as to how “Kitty” can be helped. Anxiety issues can be improved or eliminated with special attention to enhancing your cat’s environment.

Our cat boarding environment is uniquely designed to be anxiety free and provide special cat care! We are dog free and the sound of barking is replaced with the sound of classical music. We ensure that “Kitty” has quiet alone time and interactive play time that meets your cat’s unique temperament and needs!

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from news.petmeds.com