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Take good care of your cat
Do not pick a kitten when it is too young
I have had 1000 cats in my arms
I have seen hundreds of kitten being born. I have had a Hotel for small animals and of course it turned out to be 95% cats.
I dealt with sickness, problems, pills, vomiting and lots of purring too.
If you have anyting to ask me - go ahead. I will answer after my experiance and love for cats.
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My cat hotel
For many years, I had a CAT HOTEL!
We could receive about 40 cats and some rabbits and birds. The summer season was very busy. People started to book rooms already in March. You can say that for 10 weeks, it was absolutely full of little furry guests.
Each cat (or cats if
they came together) got a place of its own. Often the owners brought
a blanket or some toy that was a favourite. In the box it had a
litter box, fresh water and a shelf up on the wall. My lovely guests
spent most of the time on these shelves. They were on top of things
there. I also gave them a claw scratching item. It could be a piece of a tree, a cat tree like the ones you see here on the side. Or just a piece of carpet on a wooden plank. They know what to do!
Many of the hotel guests came back year after year. I got to know them and what their special needs were. Some wanted to be left alone and some wanted some caressing. I learned to read them quite well over the years.
Cat nip is the best treat for any cat!
Cat nip is a herb that almost no cat can resist. I often used a cat nip toy or even a little plant to cheer them up.
Cat flu and other problems
What often happens to both animals and people in large groups is that they develop the flu. Cats are no exception.
When the cats get the cat flu they really are miserable. Quite often they
even die from it. I experianced that once. The cat cannot smell or enjoy food. They often have fever
and rinning eyes. When they canno smell or see properly, of course they suffer a great deal. They always want to isolate
themselves. Crawl in under the bed and stay there. So I have a really strong
recommendation: Give your cat vaccination to stop that flu,sometimes
more than one shot.
When a cat comes to a cat hotel they are not the same nice cuddely creatures you see at home. They are scared, aware of the smell of other cats there and they sometimes behave really dangerous. What I always did was to leave them alone for a few days. I had frequent contacts with my veterinarian and he warned me - if they do not start to drink or eat after three days, I had to do something aobut it.
I tried to give them a toy smelling of cat nip and in 9 cases of 10 they started to purr and move.This is like a strong drug for the cat. The cat just go crazy with it. Roll on it, bite in it and just sit on it. When you give your cat cat-nip - have the video camera handy. You will make the movie of a lifetime!
To put a plant of fresh grass in the cases were also important. They eat from it to help the digestion and to collect hair they swollow. Often they vomited up a grass ball full of hairs.
The cat needs liquid when they get the flu.
When they are sick they need help to get enough. What I did is that I
mixed water with a bit of salt and sugar. I bought a small pipette or
squirt. I filled it with the water, too the cats head in a firm grip and
emptied it in the corner of the mouth. Held the head up and talked
softely to the little patient. They started to swollow little by little. It is also good to mix a little bit of salt into the water.
When a cat is sick
It's filled with information on how to recognize signs of specific illnesses and what to do about them. You get advice monitoring your cat's temperature, pulse, and heart rate, feeding your cat when it is ill, giving medications prescribed by the veterinarian, caring for wounds and broken bones, seeing your cat through pregnancy and delivery, and much more.
Give medicine and sick care
Some of them had to be lured into taking pills for different reasons. That was hard. But I found a way - I crushed the pill and mixed it with butter. Then I took the butter and put it on their paw. They licked it off - and voila - the pill was in the stomach!
When a cat comes home after an operation of any kind, they are groggy and want to be alone. Just leave them to heal. If you think your cat is cold, never put on a little jumper or cover that is stuck. They loose the balance and feel even more uncomfortable. They know what to do to keep warm. If you can find a sheepskin to let the cat use it is perfect.
If the cat gets diarrhoea, feed it cotton cheeze with chopped hard boiled egg and yoghurt or soured milk to drink. They can live a long time on this diet. Add a tiny bit salt to the food. Never give a cat milk or even cream. Boiled fish with nothing added is also ok.
Do not forget to let your cat have access to fresh grass. The cat is always licking the fur and keep it clean and nice. When they do this, some hairs come down into the stomach. They need to eat grass in order to get the fur balls up from their stomach.