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Give your kitten time to adjust to their new surroundings. First, create a safe haven, as in your bedroom, where they are separate from your other pets. This room should include a bed, food, water, a litter box and toys. A scratching post and a cat tree are a must. A cat needs to scratch to shed small nail casings. A sturdy, thick sisal scratching post allows your cat to scratch and mark with its nails, keeps him active and distracts him from scratching furniture. To encourage your kitten to use the scratching post, place the kitten at the base of the post and then use your nails to scratch on the post. The kitten will hear the sound and mimic it. This is also helpful if your kitten starts scratching on your furniture, simply pick the kitten up, and take it to the base of the post and scratch the post with your nails and the kitten will follow. Cats love to climb; and a cat tree gives them something to climb on and help limit excessive running and jumping up on to your furniture.

Prepare your home for your new kitten. Put away all small items such as rubber bands, paperclips small pieces of plastic and pins that your kitten might think is a toy. Remember that your kitten has just been brought into totally unknown surroundings. Be patient and give them time to adjust to their new surroundings. Move gently, do not shout and avoid excessive handling of the kitten. An excessively noisy or agitated atmosphere could cause your kitten to be a nervous, fearful adult. Explain to children that the new kitten is not a toy and that it needs lots of sleep to grow and develop. Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.

The introduction of your new kitten to other household pets in a very important stage in successfully integrating your kitten into your home. This must take place very gradually and with supervision. A poor introduction can cause your existing pets to feel frustrated and/or jealous. If you have a dog, integration with your new kitten will generally take place quickly and without major problems. If you have another cat, your adult cat may not appreciate invasion of its territory and disruption of its routines. Total acceptance may take several days to a week.

With a bedroom door separating the cats, both cats will know there’s something going on behind the door and can start getting used to the idea. Switch sleeping blankets between the new kitten and your cat so they have a chance to become accustomed to each other’s scent. Once your new kitten has adapted to its new, safe haven; confine your other cat and let the kitten have free time to explore the rest of the house. This switch provides another way for the cats to experience each other’s scent without a face to face meeting.

At the first face to face meeting, consider patting each cat’s behind with baby powder so that they will smell alike. If either cat becomes fearful or aggressive, separate them until both cats have calmed down. Hissing and spitting is normal – don’t panic. The cats are just establishing a hierarchy and their boundaries. Do not be disappointed if your older cat does not seem to be particularly fond of the kitten initially; it may take some time for them to become pals.

You will receive a health record with your kitten detailing vaccinations and examinations. Take your new kitten to your vet within the first week that its home. This complete health check-up will confirm the health of your new kitten.

Always have fresh water available. Avoid any sudden changes in food to decrease the risk of upset stomach and diarrhea. Ask your breeder what type of food the kitten has been eating and plan to continue that food for several days. We use Origen Cat & Kitten food. Find out about the kitten’s usual feeding routines and replicate it as best as possible. Our kittens also receive two to three tablespoons of canned food, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Weruva and Wilderness Blue once a day in the morning. Maine coons are susceptible to gingivitis. A good quality food will equal a healthier cat and less output in the litter box. Your cat can occasionally be treated to boneless, skinless chicken that has been prepared simply by boiling the chicken in a small amount of water with no added flavorings, salt or seasonings.

Brushing your kitten’s coat will keep the fur shiny, reduce shedding and decrease the development of hairballs. Brushing also helps to avoid the formation of knots and tangles. Pay special attention to the areas behind the ears and neck, which are inaccessible to the kitten’s tongue and are the most prone to knots. Get your kitten used to being brushed as soon as possible. It is a good idea to end the brushing session with a cuddle or a game. Trimming your kitten’s nails every two to three weeks to keep the nails relatively blunt.

Remember that cats will not use a messy or smelly litter box. Be sure to clean the litter box(s) often. We use Dr. Esley’s Ultra-scented Precious Cat litter. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the litter box. If you must move it, move it gradually so that you do not confuse your cat. A covered litter box will help keep the litter in the box.

If you would like your kitten to answer to their name, here are a couple of helpful hints. Say the kitten’s name while holding the food bowl. The kitten eventually meows for the food and is fed/rewarded. Soon you only need to say the name and the kitten will meow. In a similar way, kittens can be taught to come when you rattle a treat container each time a treat is given. Then the kitten will come when they hear the container being shaken. Teaching these responses makes it more likely that if your cat ever gets lost, they will respond to a familiar sound.

A kitten which has been handled by several people from a very young age will be more open to life and its curiosity will be far greater. Our kittens stay with their mother for 12 weeks which helps to establish their confidence. Playing encourages discovery of surroundings and develops the kitten’s physical capabilities. Toys should be designed to be either chased or killed. Ping-pong balls are good chasing toys: at the slightest tap of a paw they run away. Fake mice covered with rabbit fur are perfect killing toys. Hiding treats around the how for your kitten to find will make your kitten feel challenged. Exercise is essential for your kitten’s well being. It provides a means to channel energy into toning muscles, rather than using that energy for destructive purposes.

If your kitten would start to develop unfavorable habits, use a squirt gun or spray bottle to deter them from that behavior. Please contact us if other deterrents are needed, we have other suggestions that you can try.

Remember that kittens are little chaos machines and need a lot of attention and affection.

A smart point to remember is that you will not be able to take away from your adult cat what you have allowed it to do when it was a kitten.

BLUE RIDGE BEEF

The Raw Diet: We do feed our breeders/show cats a raw diet, this helps in the growth of the cats/kittens.  When you start changing their diets that includes more carbohydrates and other fillers is when we get ourselves in trouble with overweight cats and unhealthy cats.  You have to do your research to what is best and how to feed your pet / breeders, this means as a total raw diet or just a supplement to the current diet witch includes dry food.  Don't let marketing dictate what you feed your cat.  If you have any questions about this diet you can read more about it at www.blueridgebeef.com  and do research on the web for raw diets. Also visit us at www.aboutcatsanddogsllc.com .


Please call or e-mail us with any questions at dsjruff@sbcglobal.net .
440.263.8989

Rick & Joann Ruff


 

           
           
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