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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.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Truly A Home Away From Home!

building3Whether you are going on vacation or simply needing your cat to be in a safe and comfortable place for the day – The Hotel 4 Cats is your solution for cat boarding. With significant amount of experience in cat boarding, The Hotel 4 Cats delivers extraordinary care and comfort for your loving pet – we are your cat’s home away from home! The term ‘pet boarding’ doesn’t come close to describing what The Hotel 4 Cats provides on a daily basis. You can read about our personalized services on the website, but your cat can EXPERINCE our daily personalized caring and loving attention.

Over the years, the success of our cat boarding has been directly related to our dedicated and compassionate staff. Our staff includes mature individuals who ensure that the overall cat boarding environment meets or exceeds federal and state related guidelines along with customer expectations. They also treat your cats like family by becoming familiar with and responding to their individualized needs, wants, and meows. In fact, our staff includes a Feline Behavior Specialist, Mary Tomasello. Mary is available to monitor cat behaviors and help create a ‘purrfectly’ enriched experience for all cats. If you would like Mary’s advice or personal and practical coaching on how to increase your cat’s overall well-being, how to overcome specific cat unwanted behaviors, effectively transition cats to new environments, integrate cats into the family and more … go to www.heartfeltfelinebehaviors.com and find out how Mary can help and to arrange an initial consultation. The Hotel 4 Cats serves the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.