Is Your Cat Afraid of His Own Shadow?

Scaredy CatDoes your cat hiss and hide when you have friends stop by? Does he become invisible when the delivery man rings your door bell? Or does he swat, or hiss when he is approached. These are signs that your cat might be shy or high strung, these behavior traits might indicate that he is afraid or insecure.
Most cats when they are afraid hide, or like I like to say become invisible. She also might become aggressive, but it is fear and this aggressiveness is a natural response by a scaredy cat.

What causes fear? Being put in a new environment, moving to a new house, or a visit to the Vet’s office. Unfamiliar guests stopping by. Doors slamming or a door bell ringing. Fireworks or a car back firing. Introducing a new pet into your household. These are a few common maladies that can upset our feline friends.
So what can we do to help them out? Introduce them to more people. Give them safe places where they can feel comfortable and secure. A cat tree, or a nice box that they can retreat to. Sit by them and speak to them in soft tones, this is something that my wife Marge, our own personal Cat Whisperer, does with great success. Give those treats and toys helps, these are some things that work well with many of our guests at The Hotel 4 Cats.
If all else fails, visit your Vet, there might be health issues causing these fears.

The Hotel 4 Cats
Mooresville, NC

I want to give credit to Rita Reimers and her great article.

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