Inappropriate Elimination - Cats urinating outside the litter box!

Outside litter boxI just finished reading a very interesting article in Catster Magazine, written by Dr. Marty Becker about this problem.

First, we all must remember that our kitties usually just have a 1 sq. ft litter box and the average size house is 2500 sq ft. Our little friends are bound to have an accident every so often. One cause that a lot of us are guilty of is we don’t maintain the litter box often enough. Also, kitty might not like the litter we are using, it might have too much perfume, dusty or it may be too coarse which sticks between their pads.

Another possibility arises is when you introduce another cat into your household. The first cat goes around marking your home because he is not happy about his new roommate.

Medical issues such as a urinary infection, simple bladder infections, to more severe issues, that only your vet, through a series of tests can determine the cause.

One final point, wet food will help your cat with urinary issues simply because it is easier to digest, but the main reason is that it is 70% water. If you can’t afford the expense of totally switching to wet food try adding some  to your kitty’s diet, which will dilute the urine and cause the cat to urinate more often which will help.

I want to thank Catster Magazine and Dr Becker for an outstanding and informative article.

Newly Born Kittens

Newborn KittenWhen a kitten is born it usually weighs between 2.5 and 4.5 lbs. They are born with their eyelids closed and their ears folded back so that they can’t see or hear. They can’t walk so they are dependent on Mom. They become fully independent around 8 weeks. The eyes are fully opened between 8–20 days. They start to crawl 16–20 days and they begin to eat solid food at 3-4 weeks and are fully weaned and independent at 8 weeks. (We must give credit for this info from the book “You and Your Cat” by David Taylor)

Finally, More Cat Facts

Cat Facts

The Hotel 4 Cats have been so busy this summer, thank you to all of our visitors and their humans, we have neglected our Cat Facts.  Today we will remedy that with numerous good and interesting facts about our furry feline friends:

Cat Facts:

  • Mother cats carry their kittens by the scruff of its neck, only mother cats can do this without risk of injury and only with their kittens.
  • Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
  • Cats can distinguish their owner’s moods. If you are stressed, your cat may detect it and act differently.
  • In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18.
  • What is the largest litter of surviving kittens on record? 14 born to Bluebell, a South African Persian.
  • Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.
  • There are three body types for a cat. Cobby type is a compact body, deep chest, short legs and broad head. The eyes are large and round.  Muscular type is a sturdy body and round, full-cheeked head. Foreign type is a slender body, with long legs and a long tail.  The head is wedge-shaped, with tall ears and slanting eyes.
  • Cats do not “Meow” at other cats, only humans.
  • Your cats age; 3 year old cats are 21 in human years. 8 year old cats are 40 in human years. 14 year old cats are 70 in human years.
  • Indoor cats live nearly 3 times longer than outdoor cats; Indoor Cats live approximately 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3 to 5 years.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4

Devon Rex

Devon Rex

With their curly coats, huge ears and impish faces, Devon Rex cats remind some people of a sunflower.  Like the Cornish Rex, whom they resemble but to whom they are not genetically related, Devons are active, fun loving and tolerant enough to dress up in clothes and pose for pictures.  The Devon Rex is a very intelligent, short hair that was developed in the early 1960’s in England.  Distinguishing characteristics include:

Large Ears

Curly Coats

Slim Bodies

Above Feline Average Intelligence

Devons can be trained (unlike most cats whom prefer to train their human) to excel at tricks other cats would never consider.  They have been reported to respond to their human’s name, much like they recognize their own.

The Rex (curled fur/coat) lineage of felines include the German Rex, Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex, but the Devon’s curls differ by a genetic mutation than that of its Rex counterparts.  Oddly enough, the cross breeding of a Devon to either a German or Cornish will result in cats without the fashionable Rex curls.  The huge ears of a Devon Rex, (which rest low on the side of the head) in part with other quite unique traits has it labeled by some as “Pixie” or “Alien.”  Just like their coat, the whiskers also curl, sometimes so tightly that they appear to have no whiskers at all, thus adding to the extraordinary appearance of the Devon.

The Devon Rex is an active member of the family, very mischievous and playful with its human.  Their ability to jump much higher than average enables them to entertain from the highest perches in the home.  The most favorable trait is their affection for their owner.  Most Devons will attach to a single human to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie.  They like to be close to the head or neck of their human, often times perching on a shoulder to cuddle the neck.

The Devon Rex is a faithful companion, following its human throughout the home and leaping onto their arms, lap, or shoulder at any opportune moment.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4