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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. 

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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

 

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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.