What is Cat Scratch Disease

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What is Cat-Scratch Disease (CSD)?

The Center For Disease and Control And Prevention has stated that CSD is a bacterial infection spread by cats. It is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae. Most cats with this infection show NO signs of illness. Cats can get infected from flea bites and flea dirt (droppings) getting into their wounds. By scratching and biting at the fleas, cats pick up the infected flea dirt under their nails and between their teeth. Cats can also become infected by fighting with other cats that are infected. Therefore, it is important to apply a flea product approved by your veterinarian once a month. Keep cats indoors to decrease their contact with fleas and to prevent them from fighting.

CSD can spread when an infected cat licks a person's open wound, or bites or scratches hard enough to break the surface of the skin. Within 14 days after the skin is broken, an infection can emerge. Common signs are swelling at the source, red with round, raised lesions and can have pus.csd

The infection can feel warm or painful. A person with CSD may also have a fever, headache, poor appetite, and exhaustion. Later, the person's lymph nodes closest to the original scratch or bite can become swollen, tender, or painful.

To help prevent CSD:

cat clawsProper cat care includes keeping your cat's nails trimmed to minimize scratching. Wash cat bites and scratches right away with soap and running water. Also, do not allow cats to lick your wounds. Most importantly, contact your doctor if you develop any symptoms of cat-scratch disease or infection.

At The Hotel 4 Cats our pet boarding practices include assessing for fleas, however, we do require flea medication be applied to cats prior to check-in. In addition, to protect our staff from excessive cat scratching while they give the highest quality of cat care, we ask that you trim your cat’s nails also prior to check-in.

This blog was adapted from “The Center For Disease and Control And Prevention”

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What are Pheromones


Pheromones are natural substances produced and excreted by cats that alter emotional states and behavior. For example, a cat rubbing its face on its environment indicates that he "owns" this territory to other cats, and it is also a message to himself for later on. This rubbing behavior enables pheromones to be secreted which helps calm the cat with a sense of familiarity. During cat boarding stays, your cat may rub against the condos – he/she is saying… THIS IS MY CONDO – AND I REALLY LIKE HOW I SMELL – I FEEL COMFORTABLE NOW!

Manufactures are able to make a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromones (F3) which seems to create feelings of calm and safety – making new environments less threatening and stressful. Although we are not endorsing any particular brand, you may however be familiar with the Feliway brand. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromones (F3). There are some studies supporting the effectiveness of the products and there are no known side effects or problems arising from their use. Cat pheromones come as plug-ins, spray/spritzers, collars and wipes.

Your cat may benefit from getting extra cat care with minimizing the stress that may arise in situations such as moving to a new home, being around new people and animals or even loud noises such as fireworks. If you would like to bring any of these items to The Hotel 4 Cats during pet boarding periods we can accommodate your request. For a complete list of pet care included in our various cat boarding options refer to the condo “Rates” section of our website.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Boarding Serving the Lake Norman Area.
Blog adapted by Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)

Why Select The Hotel 4 Cats?

Luckily cat guardians have many options to consider when it comes to cat care.  Cat care is not only used when you need to go out-of-town but also during times of a variety of personal situations such as moving, remodeling, house guest that may have allergies, etc.  The owners of The Hotel 4 Cats have been in the industry for over 12 years and providing cat boarding services for in the surrounding Lake Norman area for over 8 years.  Werecommend that the following questions are considered when assessing cat boarding and cat care services.

Cat Boarding Questions:

  • How much experience do the people have that will be taking care of your cat?
  • Are cat’s the priority and primary business?  Kennels and vet locations may offer cat boarding, however it is not their primary business.
  • Are you uncomfortable with someone in your home to cat sit while you are away?
  • Are you able to freely visit and tour the pet boarding facility?
  • Will your cat have opportunities to play and have a view of windows and birds?
  • Does the boarding facility have a compassionate and credible staff able to proactively recognize medical needs and other individual cat needs?
  • Does the staff provide medication and emergency vet shuttle service?
  • Will comfortable bedding be provided for your loving cat?
  • Will the facility provide cat toys if you do not provide the cat’s personal toys?
  • Will your cat have the opportunity to listen to calming music throughout the day?
  • Does the cat boarding facility provide shuttle service?
  • Will your cat enjoy the company of other cats and people throughout the day?
  • To what degree does the facility provide personal attention with the understanding of cat behaviors and needs to reduce the stress that new unfamiliar environments and people can create?
  • Does the environment have dogs or other situations that are too fearful and stressful for your cat?

The Hotel 4 Cats is always looking out for what is best for your cat – we ONLY service cats.  We are unique – just like your cat.  We view you cats as our guests and they are our priority.  We truly aim to provide a “Home Away From Home” experience.  We hope you agree and always welcome your questions and suggestions. 


What is play aggression?

Play aggression is simply cat play that that uses teeth or claws too rough for ourselves or others. Play is learned by a cat’s mother who socializes her kittens.  When her kittens get too rough, she simply removes herself – teaching the kitten that it will not get attention with such behavior.  We can take a lesson from a mother cat – just remove ourselves from the cat when it gets too rough to send the same message.

Kittens and cats practice the prey sequence and other components of hunting that may be viewed as too rough, yet it helps improve physical skills.  Examples of play aggression include:

Belly up Vertical stance
Stand up Chase
Side step with or without body arch Horizontal leap
Pounce Vertical leap
Face off  

Unfortunately, cat caretakers tend to encourage rough play thinking that it is fun at first but this leads to problems later.  However, caretakers should encourage appropriate forms of play with wands and other toys.  Appropriate play helps form the human-feline bond and gives them an outlet they need to practice natural play/prey skills.  At the Hotel 4 Cats, as cat sitters we foster a healthy play environment and encourage you to bring your cat’s special toy during their cat boarding visit. 

Our boarders are viewed as “guests” and are part of the family.  Our pet boarding service is more than just providing kennel service. We provide a tender loving cat care service while ensuring an exceptionally clean, quiet and cat enriched environmet.  We are emotionally commited to making The Hotel 4 Cats a “home away from home”.

Blog is adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)

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