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Thank you for opening your heart to one of our babies. The information in this document is intended to help you with the care of your new companion. This document is not intended to give you medical advice. You should always discuss your cat's health issues with your veterinarian and cat nutritionist.
BRINGING YOUR BABY HOME -- Good results are planned.
Preparing Your Home:
I. Your new kitten or cat should be confined to a small room for at least two weeks. This is to ensure they feel safe and know where their litter box is located.
II. Kittens should be kept in rooms with no access to shower curtains, drapery, wires for electronics, ... think baby -- if it could harm a baby it could harm your kitten.
III. Cats want their litter box in a private place. The litter box (put a large piece of cardboard under it)
a. should be no closer to their food than 4 feet and their bed should be away from the litter box as well. They will appreciate this. The litter they are using is UNSCENTED clay.
b. There should be one box for each cat plus one extra. Deep and extra large litter boxes. To switch them to another kind follow the directions on the litter container. To avoid litter on the floor use a litter mat.
c. The box should be scooped daily and sanitized weekly. Cats may stop using the box if it is not kept clean to their standard.
d. If you have other cats, it is a good idea not to let kitten share a litter box with them until they are older. Cats can shed viruses and parasites in their litter box. A seemingly healthy cat can be a life-long carrier. Kitten's immune system is not completely developed. They more easily become ill when exposed to viruses and parasites from adult cats. This is especially true when they are under stress. Moving to a new home is a major stress event for a kitten. The simplest way to achieve this is to put the cat's litter box up and out of kitten's reach. Then cover kittens litter box with an upside down clothes basket with a hole cut big enough for kitten but too small for cat. After a month in their new home, kitten's stress level should be normal so it is not compromising their immune system. I use lactoferrin and Stoneyfield plain yogurt to help boost their immune system. Just a tablespoon a day mixed in their wet food in the morning. It is a good idea to worm your other pets before bringing kitten home. Your vet will be able to sell you a take-home bottle to treat for worms.
IV. Plastic bowls and bowls that are not washed enough tend to give cats chin acne (looks like black crumbly). Some cats get it anyway, use a little alcohol on a cotton swab once a day for several days and it will go away. If it is a wound use peroxide instead because alcohol will sting.
V. Your kitten should stay on the same food we feed until you slowly switch to the food you prefer. Switching too quickly can cause diarrhea. We choose a high-calorie, high-protein food in both can and dry for the first year. Canned food is important for kidney health. For the first year your kitten needs high-calorie and high-meat-protein food. Some very expensive foods are filled with junk like corn which is a leftover from human corn products. Cats are carnivores and need meat not grains.
VI. Scratch posts are an important part of kitten's behavior. Keeping their nails clipped is a big help. This is the best video i have found on how to trim your cat's nails: Trimming cat's nails video
VII. Some common household items that are poisonous to your cat, here is a list: Common household things that can harm your kitten
VIII. Introducing your new kitten to your existing pets should start after 10 days or longer. This video covers the bases pretty well. The only thing i would add is to continue to "scent share." You can gently rub a wash cloth on the cheek of each cat and then put that wash cloth with the other cat. Here is the video: Introducing cats</p><p>
I. Your kitten will be fed three hours before beginning their journey. If they eat too close to their departure time they may feel ill during the journey.
II. Your kitten was given plenty of time to get use to the carrier before their journey date.
III. The small wash cloth you sent with your smell on it will be in the carrier with them. They will also be wearing a calming collar.
IV. If kitty meows often they may be car sick and need a window cracked.
V. If you are traveling a great distance a large carrier or dog crate will be needed. In the crate should be cat litter (clay unscented), something soft for them to lay on, a bowl for wet food. They should be fed at least every six hours. They can become dehydrated and nutrient depleted. Adult cats usually are okay for a little longer period of time.
VI. Your kitten has been trained from the time they could hear with these specific phrases: "ableIt's okay" to help calm them, "come" or "come ear" to get them to come to you. You should be to visibly see them calm when you say, 'It's okay." They also know "no", but are young and will disobey sometimes. They know "down" to some degree as well. It is a myth that cats cannot be trained.
HELP KEEP YOUR CAT HEALTHY AND KEEP VETERINARIAN BILLS IN CHECK: CORE VACCINATIONS:
Vaccinations are critical to the health of your kitty. There are also potentially deadly side effects of certain vaccinations and how they are administered. Please read the UC Davis link below for an explanation. We want to help you have an informed conversation with your veterinarian about what is best for your cat. WARNING: Our two-year health guarantee is void if FeLV or FIV vaccinations are administered. The reason is simple, injection site sarcoma can occur with these vaccines. These vaccines are intended for cats who live outdoors or in a home with a FeLV or FIV positive cat. IMPORTANT: According to current protocols, vaccinations should not be given at the scruff of the neck. Each vaccine should be given as low on the appropriate leg as possible. Vaccination information.
Help keep your cat safe -- Killed Virus vaccines associated with Cancer in cats. Please consider asking your vet to use Purevax rabies 3 year is non-adjuvant so they say it will not cause the sarcoma. Vaccine-associated_sarcoma cancer.
HEALTHY CAT DIET: Again, please be sure to discuss your cat's diet with your cat's nutritionist and veterinarian. There is much debate about what is the best diet for a cat or kitten. Never wet dry cat food. Most dry cat food is high in bacteria due to bacteria in the grains. This can cause serious bad bacteria over growth in the gut. This upsets the flora balance that is needed for a healthy immune system. See the "Interesting study" link below for additional information.
a. AAFCO CURRENT cat food standards:
b. Dry vs. Wet cat food Interesting study: Heathly and unhealthy fecal bacteria altered by dry vs. wet food diets.
c. Brand Comparisons Many cat foods are compared, from veterinarian prescription brands to Friskies, in this chart: