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What Is Cat Miliary Dermatitis?

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What Is Cat Miliary Dermatitis?dermititis

Miliary dermatitis is a skin condition where small bumps (about the size of millet seeds) appear on the cat’s skin. This is an irritated area which has a red and crusty rash located around the head, neck, back, base of the tail, or belly.

What are possible causes?

  • Reaction to flea allergies/bites
  • Cheyletiella mites (fur mites or "walking dandruff"
  • Other Allergies (inhalant allergy, food allergy, pollens)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mites
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Poor diet
  • Hormonal/endocrine disorder 

What are the symptoms?

This can be a very itchy rash that that progresses to small lesions covered by scabs which can worsen with licking, biting, and scratching. Hair loss in the affected area may also occur.

What should you do?

Contact your vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment to relieve any discomfort and determine how best to remove and prevent the problem allergens.  Diagnosis can include analysis of coat brushings/fur samples to check for parasitic infections such as mites, fleas, or fungal infections, allergy testing, skin scrapings/biopsy, and fecal examination to detect intestinal parasites.

It is possible for a pet care plan to include anti-inflammatory medications, medicated baths or change in food.  Consult your vet for the best customized treatment and cat care plan. 

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from Webvet.com and Catworld.com

Why Do Cat's Bite Their Nails?

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Why Do Cats Bite Their Nails?catnailbiting

Chewing and biting nails are a normal part of a cat’s cleaning process. Biting nails can be done to remove loose or old outer sheath. Vertical scratching posts and horizontal scratching pads are helpful with removing old nail sheaths. However, it is possible that continual / compulsive nail biting is an indication of anxiety, injury, or infection. In a situation of compulsive behavior your vet should be notified to determine if the behavior is medical or behavioral.

Cat nail biting as a form of anxiety can be related to humans biting nails. Compulsive nail biting and other compulsive behaviors are ways in which cats demonstrate self-soothing actions when they are feeling stressed, lonely, or bored.

What should you do if “Kitty” is biting nails? Great pet care also includes observation and asking questions such as: How frequently is “Kitty” biting nails? Are there any changes occurring within his/her environment that may contribute to anxiety? Are there changes in his/her routine or new people in the home? The answers could lead you to some ideas as to how “Kitty” can be helped. Anxiety issues can be improved or eliminated with special attention to enhancing your cat’s environment.

Our cat boarding environment is uniquely designed to be anxiety free and provide special cat care! We are dog free and the sound of barking is replaced with the sound of classical music. We ensure that “Kitty” has quiet alone time and interactive play time that meets your cat’s unique temperament and needs!

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from news.petmeds.com

Belly Flap

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 Does Your Cat Have A Visible Saggy Belly?

Whether you cat is the ideal weight or over weight, have you noticed that it has developed a saggy hanging belly?

Cats are different than dogs that generally maintain a firm belly. Cat bellies (even the bellies of lion and tiger) typically develop a saggy belly (flap of loose skin which is technically called a primordial bellyflappouch) that can sway from side to side as he/she walks.

The primordial pouch is a normal part of a cat’s anatomy that has specific functions such as providing 1) additional protection and insulation from abdominal injuries as the result of cat playing or fighting while using the “bunny kicking” action and 2) the freedom of movement to stretch and extend the back legs when in full stride.

The size and appearance of the primordial pouch can vary from cat to cat with both thinner and heavier cats having either large or small pouches. In either case, it is up to the cat’s guardian to ensure Fluffy’s health is a priority and that excess fat is not stored in the abdominal flap.

At the Hotel 4 Cats, we see all shapes and sizes of cat bellies and love to give them all a belly rub!

While boarding your cat with us, we work with you to keep your cat on his/her regular schedule of feeding and type of food as much as possible. Need extra cat care such as medicine administered before or after feeding, no problem – we have you covered! Our pet boarding accommodations are designed to help you to worry free while you are away.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from news.petmeds.com

Feeding, Nutrition and Behavior

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The connection Between Frequency of Feeding, Nutrition and Behavior

Cats have a natural drive to hunt and stalk their dinner throughout the day. However, free feeding (which typically is in the form of dry food that has high-carbs) can lead to hyperactivity and obesity. The other extreme of feeding once-a-day can contribute to aggression, stress, anxiety, and irritability which can be due to a decline in blood glucose. Therefore, properly-sized portions can be divided into small servings for feeding cats a minimum of two or three times a day.

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Many complain about their cats trying to wake them up early in the morning to eat. If that’s the case for you, consider placing a few treats in a cat puzzle before bed time for your cat to enjoy mental and 
physical satisfaction while satisfying their instinctual and hunger needs.

At the Hotel 4 Cats, our cat boarding operating hours enable cats to be fed 2-4 times a day. If you cat has special cat care or feeding needs, adjustments and optional alternatives are discussed and finalized based upon your authorization.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

We have a feline behavior specialist available to help create a
customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog adapted from Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)