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Why Cats Purr

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Why Cats Purr!
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Cat purring is both a natural and learned behavior. When cats are born they are both deaf and blind. They sense the vibration of their mother and learn to mirror her behavior and purr back to her. Purring is also noticed when cats are experiencing positive engagement or feeling content, such as laying on a human’s lap, being pet, or fed. Consequently, it is assumed that a cat’s purr is a manner of communicating with their kittens and expressing pleasure.

But did you know that cats also purr under duress? Examples can include travel, vet appointments, recovering from injuries. Therefore, many scientists believe that purring is a not only a means of communication but also a potential source of self-soothing.

Researchers have also found a correlation between lower purring vibrations and bone growth; hypothesizing that purring is also a self-healing mechanism helping to repair bones, relieving strained muscles, and reducing pain and swelling.

Purring is known for relaxing and lowering a human’s blood pressure and stress levels. Perhaps this is a cat’s special way of taking care of and loving their human friends!

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Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

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Cat Care Blog Adapted From: www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/24/why-does-my-cat-purr-its-complicated/ and www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-cats-purr/

Have you seen your cat bolt out of the litter box?

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Have you seen your cat bolt out of the litter box?litter box

Seeing a cat bolt out of its litter box can be quite amusing. But why do some cats do this?

Some of the prevalent theories about this curious action are listed below:

1. “Relieving” themselves just makes them feel so much better – lighter in body and spirit and expressing that feeling through running out of their box.

2. Cats like to call attention to their “accomplishment” – seeking positive attention and recognition from their human guardian.

3. They want to quickly move away from any “smelly problems”.

4. Bolting from a litter box is another segment of their instinct to bury their waste which is based upon their survival tactic ingrained in them from their ancestors to cover their smells and try to keep their waste area separate from living areas as precautionary measures from germs, parasites, and pathogens.

5. Since the sight and the smell of waste gives them away to threatening predators, bolting is another way to quickly hide from predators.

Additional cat behavior research, especially the investigation of wild cat “bathroom” behavior in comparison to that of domesticated cats, needs to be conducted to determine why such amusing behavior is performed.

No matter the reason, find it in your heart to honor your cat’s instincts and positively acknowledge their loving and joyful ways.

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Our cat boarding staff includes 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

Cat Care Blog Adapted From: http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/cats-run-around-after-using-the-litter-box/

Dietary Actions for Urinary Stones

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Dietary actions for Cats with a history of urinary stones.

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  1. Fresh water can help prevent future stones.
    • Cat’s typically don’t drink a lot of water. One way to attract a cat to water is with a filter system. Place filter systems in multiple locations.
  2. Unsweetened cranberry juice can decrease minerals build up in urinary tract.
    • Cranberries increases urine acidity. This acidity helps reduce the chances of blockages or infections.
    • Optional techniques of giving your cat cranberries include adding cranberry powder to your cat's food, adding cranberry juice to water, tring a syringe of juice daily into your cat's mouth, or giving a cranberry capsule. No matter the method used, it is important to consult your vet for advice on the proper dosage.
  3. High protein. Wet food helps with the increase in water. For urinary stones, a prescription diet is typically initially used to dissolve crystals.
  4. Pet care can also include giving several small meals throughout the day to enable urine PH to stay more acidic. It is recommended that acidic urine levels are checked on a regular basis.

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

Our cat boarding staff includes 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: Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)

Do Cats Pant Like Dogs?

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Do Cats Pant Like Dogs?
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Although unusual, cats can pant (breath heavily) with his/her mouth open and tongue over its lip like dogs for a variety of reasons. Panting in cats should be taken seriously. It may be due to health problems related to respiratory, heartworm disease, or heart problems. A vet should be contacted to determine if a medical problem exists. Panting can also be related to overheating.

Too much heat can lead to heat stroke and death. Some of the signs of heat stress include restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot, panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in his/her quest to cool off, rapid pulse and breathing, redness of the tongue and mouth, staggering, lethargy, and vomiting.

Immediate pet care should always be taken…

If your cat or stray is outside and panting, depending on the severity, cat care can include moving kitty inside or if that is not possible, to a cool shady quiet place and with plenty of water and wet food as another source of moister. However, if kitty is unconscious quickly soak kitty with cool (not cold) water (avoiding water flow in the mouth and nose). You can also place a bag of ice or frozen veggies to reduce his/her body temperature. Always contact your vet or an emergency vet hospital in such critical situations.

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

Our cat boarding staff includes 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: www.Petmd.com.