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The Big Debate - UNsented vs. Scented Cat Litter?

The Big Debate - UNsented vs. Scented Cat Litter? 

Does your cat have a preference?

Research indicates that the following litter features make a difference in overall litter box appeal to your cat:

  • Texture – preference is soft and sandy scoopable litter. Textures that have too large granules, pelleted, sticky against paws and too dusty can lead to a cat avoiding proper usage.  
  • Scented litters and perfumed environments are not appealing to cats. A cat’s sense of smell is at least 14 times more attuned than that of humans. What seems like a little perfume to you can actually be overwhelming and stressful to your cat.
  • Based upon research most cats prefer UNscented or a high quality odorless litterIf Unscented is used, do not add any deodorizers due to a cat’s enhanced sense of smell.  Smells can be eliminated or minimized with proper cleaning routines such as scooping the box out at least twice a day. Also wash the box weekly, or every other week if you are using clumping litter. Use a mild, unscented dish detergent and rinse well. Clean your scooper also.

cat may2016If you would like us to use a special cat litter during our cat sitting days, simply bring your cat’s favorite brand to the hotel and we will use it during the cat boarding timeframe.  We respect your pet care guidelines while your cat is boarding with us. 

 

 

This blog was adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI).

The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.

Cat Hearing

cathearingAs cat sitters we care about what makes cats unique and how best to care for them.  Since cats are sensitive to sound we create a pet sitting environment that is quiet and calm.  Did you know that “feline ears are similar to those of other mammals consisting of the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear? A cat’s outer ear design is shaped to assist in the detection of prey. The cat’s ability to detect sound is similar to humans, however, it is superior in some areas such as the detection of high frequency sound (such as the ones that rodents make) and inferior in others, such as the sounds of short duration used in human speech.  The ability to locate the sound of prey is critical to hunting success. The outer ear plays a role here-have you ever seen your cats ears rotate in response to sounds? The cat’s ability to move the pinnae (external ear) greatly increases its ability to pinpoint the location of a sound” (Animal Behavior Institute).

As the logarithmic scale indicates, the hearing range of various species may overlap with the human range while some share very 

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little. Note that elephants communicate at very low frequencies. Such infrasounds travel great distances and are a key manner in which elephants stay in touch at great distances in their environment.

You and your cat share a similar lower limit but the difference in high frequency sound limits is great. Humans can hear frequencies up to 20000 Hz, dogs to about 45000 Hz, cats to 64000 Hz, and mice up to 100,000Hz. Humans tend to be most sensitive to sounds of around 3000 Hz (most human voices are near that pitch), while cats tend to be most sensitive to sounds of around 8000 Hertz.

The Hotel 4 Cats boarding is very aware of the sound sensitivities that your cat has and therefore provides a very quiet environment for him/her.  Our staff strives to deliver superior pet care based upon the unique needs of your loving cat.

This blog was adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI).

The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.

Harmful Foods For Cats!

Review this user friendly chart of products and ensure that you, your family, pet sitters or your cat boarder know what foods NOT to feed your cat.  

 

1People and Cat Tuna – Everything in moderation!  Too much Tuna can lead to malnutrition and even mercury poisoning. 

2Onions, Garlics, and Chives -

Such foods may lead to a reduction of red blood cells causing anemia.  Gastrointestinal upset may also occur.

3Milk and Dairy Products -

Most cats are lactose sensitive which means their digestive system cannot process dairy products resulting in an upset stomach and diarrhea.

4Alcohol – Has the same effect on a cat’s brain and liver as it has on humans.  Two - three teaspoons may lead to a coma or even death. 5Grapes and Raisins – lead to illness (vomiting and hyperactivity) including kidney failure.  6Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, energy drinks, cold medicines, etc.) - can be fatal! Symptoms of restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. Eating chocolate can also cause tremors and seizures.
7Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods – such products are sweetening increases the insulin circulating, and blood sugar to drop.  This can lead to liver failure in just a few days.  Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and even seizures.

8Fat Trimmings and Bones-

Both cooked and uncooked fat can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhea. Cats can choke on a bones and splinters cause lacerations of your cat's digestive system.

9Raw Eggs -

May cause food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. In addition, a protein in raw egg whites, called avidin, could interfere with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin causing skin and coat problems.

10Raw Meat and Fish - Raw meat and raw fish can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning. Also an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine (an essential B vitamin) causing neurological problems leading to convulsions and coma.

11Dry and wet Dog Food  -

Cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs which includes more protein, certain vitamins and fatty acids.  Dog food can lead to malnutrition.

12Liver -

Eating too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity affecting your cat's bones including deformed bones, bone growths on the elbows and spine, osteoporosis and even causing death.

13Too Many Treats – Just like with humans this can lead to obesity and even diabetes.

14Yeast Dough -

Since bread dough needs to rise, it will also rise in your cat's stomach stretching the abdomen and causing severe pain. Also the yeast fermentation can lead to alcohol poisoning.

15Your Medicine – can cause poisoning in cats.  Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And they can be deadly for your cat.

This blog was adapted from the following link: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/slideshow-foods-your-cat-should-never-eat.   The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.

How Do Cats See The World? See For Yourself!

Let’s compare human vision (the top photos) with a cat’s vision (the bottom photos).  

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Cats see more peripheral vision. The BLURRINESS AT the edge of the photos represents the area of peripheral vision in humans (20 degrees, top) and cats (30 degrees, bottom).

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Humans can see objects clearly at 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) away, but cats need to be no more than about 20 feet (6 m) away to see those same things sharply.

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Cat’s color vision is not as vibrant as humans. They tend to see blues, greens, white and greys.  Consider these colors to enrich cat’s visual environment, 

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Cats can see much better in dim light than humans can and they are better at picking up quick movements in the dark. Humans have the ability to see very slowly moving items at speeds 10 times slower than cats.  So, if you are moving a cat toy slowly, it may not appear to be moving to your cat.

catssee5Cats lack the muscles necesssary to change the shape of their eye lenses, therefore they can't see things clearly quite as close as humans can and need to be further away.  So when you or your pet boarder places toys or food next to your cat, remember that they can be viewed more clearly just a few inches away from his/her face which will enable your cat to be more willingly responsive and engaged.

The Hotel 4 Cats: 

Cat Boarding serving the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.

This blog has been adapted from the two articles

1) “What Do Cats See?” by Nickolay Lamm posted on October 17, 2013

2) “This Is How Cats See the World”; www.wired.com/2013/10/cats-eye-view

For additional insight about feline vision review the articles listed.