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Kitten care

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  • Cats furniture
    Cat furniture is highly recommended. Our kittens use this furniture for sleeping, playing, and mostly scratching on. They already are trained that this is where the fun and scratching should mainly be done. If you do not have the proper cat furniture for your kitten when it comes home, it will feel insecure and will be looking for a substitute for playing and scratching. They also need a place to climb up and down. Many cat owners don’t realize that cats like to be up in high places. If you provide your kitten with this, it is easier to train them to stay off your kitchen tables and counters. It is a natural instinct for the cats to find the highest spot possible to look down on everything. Make it fun and easy for them. Kittens and cats really enjoy the cardboard scratching pads. They are not only beautiful but very useful and can save your furniture.
  • Grooming
    In order to prevent excessive shedding, matting, and hairballs, you will need to brush your ragdoll’s fur. We recommend brushing out your kitty's hair once per week using a wide-toothed steel comb and slicker brush paying close attention to underarms, behind ears, and their neck ruff as these tend to be the most common areas for mats to form. We have begun the grooming rituals early with our kittens, many very much enjoy this time and purr or kiss throughout their grooming. If the fur is matted, be very gentle when brushing. If your kitty does get mats you can clear the mats a little every day, just use steel, wide-toothed comb and separate the hair little by little. Nail trimming is a good idea if you want to avoid those occasional scratches. Trimming nails also helps reduce tearing, splitting, and infections in overgrown claws. You need to observe the nails carefully, you will find a pink patch running through the nail. This patch indicates the nerve endings of the cat. You need to avoid these pink patches and cut the nail halfway between the pink and where the nail ends at a point. If you cut off the nerve endings you will hurt your cat leading to bleeding, pain, and possible infection.
  • New kitten introduction
    Taking your kitten home is always a fun and exciting time. However, for your new kitten, it might be a little stressful. Leaving their littermates and familiar surroundings to go to a new home can be hard. Don’t worry after taking the right steps your new kitten will be happy in no time. When you bring your new kitten home it is best to put them into a small room like a bedroom or bathroom where they can feel safe. Keep your kitten in this small room for at least 7 days to allow them to feel secure and to get used to their new surroundings. Your kitten doesn’t need a lot of space to run and play at first. What they really need is the security of a small room. Make sure to place food, water, a litter box, and a scratching post in the small room. If your kitten is very social, and some are more outgoing than others, you may carry them around the house with you. This will allow them to look around but still be secure in your arms. Try and refrain from doing this until the 3rd or 4th day home with you. During these 7 days make sure to spend a lot of time with your kitten. If you have kids, allowing them to spend time with the kitten will allow the kitten to get used to them. Ask the kids to be calm and quiet during these visits for loud noises and a lot of movement might scare the kitten. After this 7-day period, you may allow your kitten to venture out on their own. They will be inclined to follow you and stay by you until they feel more secure in this bigger environment. If you have another cat, by the time you open the door on day 7, the new kitten and other cats will have already been acquainted by smelling each other under the door. Older cats may hiss at the new kitten and/or at you because they are frightened by the strange new smell of the kitten. They are not hissing at the new kitten or you but at the unfamiliar smell. If you realize this, you might think that your other cat is jealous of the new kitten. However, this is a myth that many believe to be not true. The resident cat is just not identifying with the new smell. In 7 days they will have gotten used to the odor of the new kitten. When you open the door to let the kitten venture out it should be without incident but watch them just in case. If you have a dog, allow your dog to smell the new kitten from under the door to allow them to become acclimated to the new smell. Do not allow your dog to chase the kitten for this will scare the kitten. Putting the kitten’s food up at a higher level where the dog cannot reach it will make the kitten feel safer. Also, give the kitten plenty of high places where they can sit and nap. One aspect that you need to watch out for if you have a dog, is that your dog may be a carrier of diseases and viruses. What does this mean? This means that your dog can carry a disease or virus that may not affect your dog, but your dog can transfer that disease or virus to the kitten, making them sick.
  • Hairball treats
    Cats sometimes need a little extra help eliminating hairballs. One option for relief is a product called hairball paste. Basic use instructions are to wipe the paste on the top side of your cat's paw. The cat will then lick their paw clean. Do this once a day for three to five days in a row. Different manufacturers may have different product instructions for use, so make sure that you read and follow the use instructions that are specific to the product you are using.
  • Do I want a male or female kitten?
    Even though our female kittens are as friendly and loving as the males, choosing the right sex for particular circumstances is important. Ask yourself these questions: Do I work full-time? Do I have children? Do I have other cats? Do I have dogs or other pets? Is my home an active household? Do you travel and take your pet with you? If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions, a male cat would most likely suit you best. A male cat is a little less cautious and would handle stress much better than a female. If you are a quiet person, have a quiet household, or feel you identify with a female disposition then by all means choose a female as your companion. Female cats are generally kind, loving, and sensitive. If you want to spend time making sure everything is done in an orderly manner, and on time, you would most likely enjoy a female cat.
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