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Why Should The Type Of Water Bowl Matter?

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Why Should The Type Of Water Bowl Matter?
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Did you know that cats have very sensitive whiskers and typically don't enjoy putting their face all the way into a bowl? Cats depend upon you to ensure that the water bowl is filled to the brim and is wide enough that their whiskers are not negatively impacted.

Did you know cats can be just as finicky about their water as
they are about their food? Cats are also sensitive to the water
taste and temperature. Taste can be tainted by dirty bowls in addition to polluted
water. Ceramic or stainless-steel bowls have surfaces that inhibit bacterial growth and
tend to keep water cool. Daily pet care that includes cleaning your cat’s water bowl and
filling it with filtered water can minimize pollutants and increase drinking.

Do you know what the “right” water bowl temperature is for your cat? Every
cat’s preference is different. Consider including observation and a trial and error
process to your regular cat care practice. Experimenting with different options such as
room temperature water, refrigerated water, and bottled water can help to determine
what “fluffy” likes best so that he/she can stay hydrated and healthy.

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.thenest.com.

Cat Boarding and Memorial Day

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Cat Boarding and Memorial Day
What a great way to spend the holiday!
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Our loving Scooter has a special message for the Memorial Day weekend!

"While you are away having fun, our cat guests at the Hotel 4 Cats will also be on vacation relaxing and catching up on their beauty sleep. That’s very important to our health and overall cat care!"

From the entire Hotel 4 Cat’s staff, please remember to honor your loved ones and their personal sacrifices over the holiday weekend. Have a safe and fun time away from your daily work and chores.

As always, we thank our pet boarding customers for their support!

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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

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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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