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The Hotel 4 Cats: Lodging Customized Exclusively for Cats

Business Transition

Chris and Marge Colas are pleased to announce retirement and business transition. As owners and operators of The Hotel 4 Cats, an exclusive cat lodging service located at 502 East Center Avenue in Mooresville since 2008, the Colas’s are excited to announce that the Hotel 4 Cats will now be owned and operated by Mary Tomasello.

“Words cannot explain how much we have enjoyed our customers and furry “guests” over the years. It has been wonderful to operate a business giving daily passionate cat care and providing excellence in the boarding industry,” said Chris Colas. Marge Colas explains, “Now, it is time for us to retire and enjoy the next phase of our lives. We can confidently do that knowing that we are transitioning the Hotel 4 Cats to Mary who is a seasoned organizational leader that has helped us operate the business over the past two years. In addition, she is someone with a significant amount of knowledge about cat behavior and is passionate about driving excellence in cat care.

“I respect and admire what Chris and Marge have accomplished and look forward to building upon their high-quality service while taking the business to the next level. I am also excited about leading the mission of providing a model of excellence in the cat lodging and care industry,” Tomasello said.

Mary has experience with various global organizations as an executive in human resource and organization development. She is the founder and Executive Director of Ngage Organization Development Consulting, helping organizational leaders in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Mary earned her Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning, Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University. She is also a Certified Feline Behavior Specialist and Usui Reiki Master.

The Hotel 4 Cats provides compassionate exclusive cat boarding services for the Greater Lake Norman area. You can contact the cat experts at thehotel4cats@yahoo.com or call 704-664-MEOW with cat lodging reservations and related behavior questions.

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

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Why Cats Purr!

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!

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

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/

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Have you seen your cat bolt out of the 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.

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

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

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Dietary actions for Cats with a history of urinary stones.

  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)

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Do Cats Pant Like Dogs?

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.

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What Is Manx Cats?

A Manx cat is a tailless cat from the Isle of Man, giving this breed its name. This tailless breed is the result of genetic mutation. They are bred from one tailless parent and one tailed parent. From a health perspective, cat owners should become aware of the potential of unique health problems related to the spine, spinal cord, and tail along with any special cat care and handling.

Did you know that a cat’s tail is critical for balance? So how can a Manx cat balance itself to walk effectively?

Researchers believe that they have especially sensitive vestibular apparatus inside their ears to overcome this genetic trait. The vestibular is the sensory system that provides a sense of balance and spatial orientation to move effectively.

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: http://mentalfloss.com/article/78418/10-quirky-facts-about-manx-cats

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Why Is Dog Food So BAD for Cats?

Cat care incudes making the best food decisions for your loving kitty. Cats have DIFFERENT nutritional needs than dogs. A snap-shot of four important differences are listed in the table below.

Item

Cats Dogs
Vitamin A Cat food MUST contain Vitamin A.

Some dog foods may or may include vitamin A.  If it does, it may not be the appropriate amount needed for cats since dogs can make vitamin A with beta carotene from which their bodies can turn it into vitamin A.

Taurine

(An amino acid)

All cats REQUIRE taurine to prevent heart disease. Dogs can make taurine on their own, therefore, many dog foods may be deficient in taurine.

Arachidonic Acid

(A fatty acid)

All cats NEED arachidonic acid.

Not essential for dogs, yet dogs can build arachidonic acids themselves.

Protein

To ensure a healthy cat, the protein levels are HIGHER than dogs require

Protein levels may be high in dog food, however, not high enough for cats to remain healthy.

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

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Why Should The Type Of Water Bowl Matter?

Did you know that cats have very sensitive whiskers and typically don't enjoy putting their face all the way into a bowl? Cats depend upon you to ensure that the water bowl is filled to the brim and is wide enough that their whiskers are not negatively impacted.

Did you know cats can be just as finicky about their water as
they are about their food? Cats are also sensitive to the water
taste and temperature. Taste can be tainted by dirty bowls in addition to polluted
water. Ceramic or stainless-steel bowls have surfaces that inhibit bacterial growth and
tend to keep water cool. Daily pet care that includes cleaning your cat’s water bowl and
filling it with filtered water can minimize pollutants and increase drinking.

Do you know what the “right” water bowl temperature is for your cat? Every
cat’s preference is different. Consider including observation and a trial and error
process to your regular cat care practice. Experimenting with different options such as
room temperature water, refrigerated water, and bottled water can help to determine
what “fluffy” likes best so that he/she can stay hydrated and healthy.

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: http://pets.thenest.com.

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Business Transition

Chris and Marge Colas are pleased to announce retirement and business transition. As owners and operators of The Hotel 4 Cats, an exclusive cat lodging service located at 502 East Center Avenue in Mooresville since 2008, the Colas’s are excited to announce that the Hotel 4 Cats will now be owned and operated by Mary Tomasello.

“Words cannot explain how much we have enjoyed our customers and furry “guests” over the years. It has been wonderful to operate a business giving daily passionate cat care and providing excellence in the boarding industry,” said Chris Colas. Marge Colas explains, “Now, it is time for us to retire and enjoy the next phase of our lives. We can confidently do that knowing that we are transitioning the Hotel 4 Cats to Mary who is a seasoned organizational leader that has helped us operate the business over the past two years. In addition, she is someone with a significant amount of knowledge about cat behavior and is passionate about driving excellence in cat care.

“I respect and admire what Chris and Marge have accomplished and look forward to building upon their high-quality service while taking the business to the next level. I am also excited about leading the mission of providing a model of excellence in the cat lodging and care industry,” Tomasello said.

Mary has experience with various global organizations as an executive in human resource and organization development. She is the founder and Executive Director of Ngage Organization Development Consulting, helping organizational leaders in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Mary earned her Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning, Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University. She is also a Certified Feline Behavior Specialist and Usui Reiki Master.

The Hotel 4 Cats provides compassionate exclusive cat boarding services for the Greater Lake Norman area. You can contact the cat experts at thehotel4cats@yahoo.com or call 704-664-MEOW with cat lodging reservations and related behavior questions.

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

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Why Cats Purr!

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!

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

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/

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