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What’s In Your Cat First Aid Kit?

We recommend that every cat guardian proactively be prepared to take care of basic emergency situations.  To do so, you will need to compile an essential first aid kit that can be used for multiple basic situations that may arise.  It is important to note to NEVER GIVE A CAT ASPRIN! IT TAKES 3 DAYS FOR THEIR LIVER TO PROCESS JUST ONE.  IT CAN CAUSE TOXICITY.   Also, customizing your first aid kit based upon your cat’s needs is also important. 

The Animal Behavior Institute (ABI) recommends the following items.

Contact Information:

  • A handy 1st Aid Book (to help minimize heightened emotions during an emergency)
  • Post phone numbers of your Vet, Emergency Clinic and Animal Poison Control

 

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Medications and Topical Items:

  • Medication for current health conditions
  • Betadine (great for wound cleaning without burning)
  • Hydrogen peroxide *(for inducing vomiting & cleaning blood from fur only – not for cleaning wounds)
  • Alcohol* (NOT for wound cleaning, but for sterilizing tools)
  • Veterinarian’s Best Hot Spot Itch Relief Spray (Great go-to 1st aid spray for minor wounds)
  • Veterinarian's Best Ear Wash/ Ear Dry
  • Rescue Remedy (a homeopathic, natural way to help support calm behavior in anxious/stressful cats)
  • Sterile saline eye wash (large bottle – many uses)
  • Activated charcoal tablets (to bind certain types of toxins in the stomach and intestines and pass them through the body without allowing them to be absorbed-discuss details with your vet).
  • Glucose paste, corn syrup (optional products to help with increasing emergency sugar intake due to diabetic issues).
  • Nutri-Cal (a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals to support an appetite for cats not eating)
  • Benadryl (ask a vet for specific dosage, it’s a life saver!)

*Note: Using Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to clean a wound can harm the tissue and delay healing. Instead use running water and mild soap.

Various Bandages, Towels and Tools

  • Gauze sponges and rolls (various sizes)
  • Sterile Non-Stick Gauze sponges (for burns)
  • Bandages (the self-adhesive 2 & 3” do not require tape.)
  • Hand towel or newspaper for splitting
  • Towel (for warmth or wrapping the cat in), blanket, or solar blanket
  • Cat carrier or appropriate cardboard box (for transport)
  • Rectal Thermometer with lubricant
  •  Blade or scissors for opening packages and cutting bandages
    • Digital watch or cell phone clock for taking vital signs

 

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Rest assured that our cat boarding service includes giving your cat any essential medications.  We also have first aid items available should the need arise.  

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

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.