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)

The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Lake Norman and Surrounding Area.

Do You Know Your Cat’s Vital Signs?

Below is a ‘snap-shot’ of the normal ranges of various vital signs for the cat species. Cat guardians and cat sitters should know what the ‘normal’ value is for their own cat.  Knowing such values makes it easier for you to determine when there is a problem and how serious of a problem it is.  It should be noted that animals tend to hide their illnesses and injuries in order to prevent being preyed upon. Given this natural behavior, knowledge of vital sign changes can be a signal that a problem needs to be proactively addressed – even if we are not sure of what the problem/change means.  This knowledge is another way of demonstrating excellent cat care.   When your cat vacations at The Hotel 4 Cats, let our staff know if our pet care needs to include paying extra attention to any of the following vital signs. 


Adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI) vital sign overview.

The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Truly A Home Away From Home Experience

This week as a dedicated pet kennel and pet sitting business we are taking a “paws” to dedicate our blog to all the military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this wonderful country. 

We ask that while you are on vacation, having a cookout, swimming or just enjoying an extra day off from work to relax take a moment to remember that Memorial Day has a deeper meaning – it’s about honoring those who have fought and died for our daily freedoms that we enjoy! 

As our quality cat sitting and cat care services continues during Memorial Day and the entire holiday week we are proud to honor over one million Americans who have died in war since the Civil War.   We also thank those who are currently serving our nation and protecting our freedoms.  

As always we thank all of our pet boarding customers for their support.

Stay safe and have a wonderful holiday week. 

The Hotel 4 Cats:  Cat boarding serving the Lake Norman and Surrounding Area.

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



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



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.