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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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Need a Local Feline Behavior Specialist? Go to www.HeartfeltFelineBehaviors.com

Adapted by Animal Behavior Institute and PetMD

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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXd-W_GCoI

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Need a Local Feline Behavior Specialist? Go to www.HeartfeltFelineBehaviors.com

Adapted by Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)

Why Does My Cat's Nose Have Black Spots?

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Why Does My Cat’s Nose Have Black Spots?

This condition is seen in many cats, especially orange tabbies or calico cats. As your cat grows older, you may notice spots on the lips, nose or eye margins. For many the spots appear in middle-aged to older cats. In most situations, a cat with a small number of spots may have as Lintigo Simplex (a benign skin condition). Lintigo Simplex is viewed by many as similar to harmless human freckles and not a form of cancer.

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However, it is very important to have your cat checked by your Vet to rule out other possible forms of skin disease and give the proper pet care.

Our cat boarding team takes their job very seriously and if any skin condition is noticed while ‘Kitty” is enjoying his/her cat care with us we will notify you so that you can make an informed decision of any next steps. We are family owned and provide the love and pet sitting service as if your cat was one of our own. We are an exclusive cat boarding facility! Sorry, no barking allowed!

Taking your children back to college? Need excellent care for you “Kitty” while traveling?
Visit our exclusive cat boarding hotel.
Best of Luck to all the college students!

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

Need a Local Feline Behavior Specialist? Go to www.HeartfeltFelineBehaviors.com

Adapted by cat-world.com.au

Cat Grieving

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Do Cats Experience Grief?

YES. Grief is a response to an absence of another animal or person who provided a sense of happiness, satisfaction, comfort or reassurance. For cats, such an absence can cause physical pain, mental pain, sadness and depression which can lead to stress. Even if kittens are taken away from a mother cat she will search and cry for them for several days.

Similar to humans, grief can range from minimal to becoming deeply devastating. The healing process tends to last between two weeks and six months.

Symptoms of Grief: (Death And Other Separation Situations) 

• Hours or even days of searching for the person or animal that is absent. The search can include pacing and crying out.
• Mental disturbance.
• Refusal to eat.
• Showing no interest in life (no interest in eating, playing, being pet, being around others, etc.).
• Waiting at the window for the absent person or animal to return.
• Outdoor cats may sit on the doorstep waiting for companion to return.
• Indoor cats may approach door whenever someone enters the house.


How Can You Help Your Cat Heal During a Grieving/Separation Period?

Note that your vet should be consulted to help with creating an individualized healing plan. Extra pet care and attention is important. Consider the following:

• Cats are creatures of routine so minimize any change of routine to prevent additional stress. However, absence of a companion may drive the need for some new routines so try to establish and stick to a new routine that is not too dissimilar to the old one. 
• Give reassurance and attention. Specifically set time to make your cat a priority - actively engage in a regular time each day (Example, 20 minutes AM and PM). Never force yourself on a cat, however, when you are giving your cat attention, make it meaningful to reinforce comfort and encouragement with significant, yet little things such as play time, offering food treats (without reinforcing a new dependency), brushing, new toys to help reduce sadness or even clingy cat's over-attachment.
• If eating decreases, ask your vet about appetite stimulants. 
• If your cat has no interest in life, your vet can assess whether a prescription for antianxiety medication is necessary. Note that human medications should not be given to cats – they are toxic!
• Determine if there is an acceptable homeopathic remedy available.

Cat boarding at The Hotel 4 Cats is very personalized. We ask that you inform us of any separation concerns so that we can assess grieving signs and give extra special cat care and attention.coping with cat loss

Blog adapted from WHEN CATS GRIEVE 2004, Sarah Hartwell

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