How Do Cats Say "Hello"?

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How Do Cats Say “Hello”?

There are multiple common ways that cats say “Hello” to other cats. And yes, you probably guessed at least one way – butt sniffing!

Whether thy live together for years or are being introduced for the first time, butt sniffing is their natural way to say “Hello”.how do cats say hello1

Scent glands are located in the anal sacs located on either side of the anus. Cats automatically position themselves with their butt up and ready to sniff to delineate territory and greet each other with a ‘curious sniff’ and “Hello”.

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When a cat offers his/her butt in an upward manner to be smelled it is also demonstrating the same position when it was a kitten and its mother would then clean his/her butt.

Other behaviors that suggest a “Hello” or reinforce the acceptance between cats are head-butting along with licking and grooming each other. These behaviors also release scent glands and help the cats to form a social bonding and ultimately consider each other to be family.

Cats will also demonstrate the same behaviors toward us. It is another behavior indicator that they accept us!

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At the Hotel 4 Cats we have the fun luxury of watching playful behaviors while we give tender loving pet care to our ‘guests’. We provide web cam services if you would like to see your cat’s fun actions during its cat boarding vacation with us. Visit our cat gallery to see how our cat care enables a stress-free and playful environment.

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

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Have You Heard of The Hotel 4 Cats?

Have You Heard of The Hotel 4 Cats? 

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Are you looking for DOG-FREE cat boarding?

The owners of The Hotel 4 Cats, Chris and Marge Colas, have been in the pet industry for over 12 years and providing compassionate cat boarding services for the Greater Lake Norman area for over 8 years.

The mission of the Hotel is to provide a ‘Home Away From Home’ experience for your cat – referred to as a ‘Special Guest’! Once your cat walks in the door, he/she is the number one priority. The Hotel’s value proposition is like no other Greater Lake Norman cat boarding facility – it is dog-free, tranquil, spotless and offers a choice of comfortable cat condo’s, cottages and palaces.

Did you know that cat boarding is not only used when customers travel? Many seek services when they are not interested in having a cat sitter in their home or when there is a need to have accommodations during special personal situations such as relocation, remodeling, and when visiting house guests are not fond of cats or they have allergies.

You or your family and friends are welcome to visit your cat during his/her stay. Chances are you will see your cat running in the designated play room, relaxing with soothing music or watching birds eating at strategically placed bird feeders.hotel article

The Chris, Marge and Scooter, the hotel’s mascot, invite you to tour the hotel and see first-hand the value proposition-in-action.

Visit the web site to find out more about the comprehensive cat boarding packages and services including ‘Kitty Kab’ shuttle service.

Does Your Cat Need Vitamin Supplements?

Does Your Cat Need Vitamin Supplements?

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Your cat’s nutrition is vital for a healthy and enriched life. The marketing of vitamin supplements bombards us as we browse cat care store shelves or scan cat web sites. But should we assume it is a good precaution to give our cat vitamin supplements?

Small amounts of vitamins are essential for a cat to maintain a normal metabolic rate. In general, the required nutrients are provided in commercially formulated foods. Therefore, you may be surprised to know that it is NOT necessary to give vitamin supplements UNLESS a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian.

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It is important to note that not all food is created equally – there are some 
foods that are healthier than others. In general, manufacturers that formulate food based upon life-stages (kitten through geriatric) and lifestyles (breed-specific diets, weight management along with degrees of activity for indoor and outdoor) will be more precise with appropriate nutritional requirements.

Caution! Note that it may be harmful or even toxic to combine cat supplements to a diet that is already complete and balanced with nutrients. Over supplementing – called hypervitaminosis – poisoning is found to be more common than hypovitaminosis – vitamin deficiency.

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Our cat boarding services include following your specific feeding guidelines including extra cat care such as vitamin or medical instructions. Once your cat walks in our Hotel door he/she becomes our number one priority. In fact, providing high quality and compassionate pet care for the Greater Lake Norman area for over 8 years and been our primary business!

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Remembering 911

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Remembering 9/11

We dedicate this week’s cat boarding post to remembering the 9/11 victims and their families. We will never forget that terrible day in our country’s history. We also send a special salute to all the service men, service women and service animals who risked their lives during the recovery period.remembering 911

Cat Care Tip Of The Week:

Recently I was asked about how much water a cat usually drinks. Research has indicated that cats typically need 2-4 ounces of fresh water in addition to their food.

Did you know that dry food is only 10 percent water? Wet canned food is approximately 80 percent water. Therefore, your cat needs to drink a lot more water if there is only dry food to eat on a daily basis. Whether eating canned or dry food, to prevent dehydration make sure your cat has access to a fresh bowl of water 24 hours a day.

You can rest assured that our cat boarding services includes monitoring of water intake. At The Hotel 4 Cats, we not only provide fresh cold water a minimum of twice a day, but we also adjust to larger bowls if necessary. We take our cat care seriously and will share with you any observations that indicate the potential need for Vet attention.

Click on the link below and see how cats drink water in slow motion – Cats move their tongue to a “J” shape and pull it quickly back into the mouth so a column of water lands in the mouth followed by its tongue. The cat then quickly closes its mouth to prevent the water from falling back into the bowl.

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

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Adapted by Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)