The day has finally arrived - Your sweet and cuddly little Persian Kitten is coming home. Are you prepared? On this page you will find a list of supplies needed to take care of your furry bundle of love. You will also find helpful information that every new kitten owner needs to know. Use the quick links below to jump to any section.
Bringing Your Baby Home
Introducing Your Kitten to Other Pets
Feeding Your Kitten
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Litterbox - This is one of the most important things! If you would like, you can purchase one of the smaller litterboxes to start your kitten out with. As they grow you can move up to a bigger one. Littermaids are great if you don't have a lot of time to scoop. They do the job for you! You just empty the collection tray when it's full and put a new one in. A good rule of thumb is to have one litterbox per cat that you own.
Litter - We use Tidy Cats Scoopable Litter in the big yellow pail with the red or blue lid. I have found it very useful to use the empty pails to put the dirty litter in. The lid snaps shut and keeps the smell out, and when you fill it up, you can just set it out with the trash! We also use Arm and Hammer Litter Deodorizer. It works miracles! It really does keep the smell down if you use it correctly.
Food and Water Dishes - We use the Bistro brand food and water dispensers from Wal-Mart. They are $10.00 each and work great. The kittens love the 24 hour access to the food! And growing kittens eat a lot of food!
Kitten Food - The only food we use here at Daphne's Dolls is Nutro Max Cat Kitten Food. It is a very high quality food and an excellent source of nutrition for growing kittens. I give a sample bag of it with every kitten but make sure to have some of it on hand at home. You should never suddenly change a kitten's food. It can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you do want to change food, do it slowly over a period of at least a week. Mix a little of the new food in with the old, and slowly increase the amount until it is 100% of the new food.
Brush and Comb - These are absolutely essential when you own a Persian or Himalayan! I found a great brush at PetSmart that has an ergonomic handle that makes it a little more comfortable to brush the kitties. You also need a good comb specifically designed for the undercoat to remove all loose hairs. This will really help cut down on shedding and help to prevent tangling or matting.
TOYS! - Every kitten needs a good supply of toys. It is so fun to watch your new little kitty running around, batting at a jingle ball, or doing acrobatics thru the air trying to catch that little dangling thing on the end of their human's fishing pole! Any kind of cat toys will do, just make sure to have a few on hand for your kitten's entertainment.
Scratching Post - It's a cat's natural instinct to scratch, so you need to make sure you provide them with an appropriate surface to fulfill their needs. A sisal covered scratching post works wonderful and will save your furniture from kitty's claws! Just make sure you show them the proper place to scratch when you first bring them into your home.
Shampoo - The kitten's have all had at least 3 baths throughout their young lives before going to their new homes. The shampoo that I use is called "Hartz Living -Infusions with Anti-Hairball Beads - Skin and Coat Shampoo for Cats and Kittens". I found it at Wal-Mart and I love it. It makes their fur so soft! After their baths, I blow dry and brush them out. They should be fairly used to this process by the time you receive them, but sometimes you'll come across a kitten that is a little scared no matter what you do. It just takes time and they will eventually be ok with the whole grooming process.
Carrier - If you are having your kitten shipped, I will be sending them to you in a brand new carrier. If you are picking up your kitten, you will need to bring a carrier with you or I can sell you one of mine while you are here.
Flea/Parasite Control - Revolution works absolutely wonderful. It covers fleas, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and ear mites. It's a one tube does it all solution! I definately recommend it if the need ever arises.
Veterinarian - Last but not least, you will need to find a good veterinarian. You will need someone to keep your kitty up to date on all vaccinations and fecal examinations. And also someone to call when kitty is not feeling so good. A vet with 24 hour emergency care is a great plus. You never know when you're going to need them!
The Big Day
When you first bring your kitten home you should put him in a small area until he is comfortable with his new surroundings. This can be your bedroom, bathroom or any other place that can be his very own for a few days. Immediately show him where the litterbox is so he won't have any accidents on the floor! During this transitioning period, be sure to spend lots of time with your new kitten giving him plenty of love and attention. This will show him that this is a good place to be and help to calm any fears he may have.
Also, remember that you have a 3 business day period to take your kitten to the veterinarian for a check-up, so plan to have this scheduled in advance. For the safety of any other animals you may have, you should keep your kitten quarantined until after they have been vet checked and certified healthy.
Introducing Your Kitten to your Other Pets
When you first introduce your kitten to your other pets, there will most likely be a little hissing and name calling going on! But don't despair, it won't be long before they will get along like 2 peas in a pod - or 3 or 4 peas depending on how many furry friends you have! Kittens are such funny creatures, but as long as they are not mistreated, they will get along with just about any animal. Just be sure to never leave your kitten alone with another animal until you are sure they are getting along ok.
Ideally, you should introduce your kitten to one animal at a time. Be sure during the time your kitten is adjusting to his new home that you give your other animals LOTS of extra love and attention. It's easy to get carried away in the excitement of a new pet, so you need to make sure to set aside some special one on one time with your other pets so they know they are still important to you too!
Grooming Your Kitten
Persians and Himalayans have long beautiful hair that requires extra care and attention. You should groom your kitten or cat at least every other day, preferably more, to prevent matts and tangles. If your kitten does develop a matt don't worry! Just make sure you take care of it immediately before it gets worse. Matts and tangles can cause your kitty to be in pain when they walk because their hair is getting pulled in all different directions! Ouch!
To remove a matt, gently loosen it with your fingers and try to brush it out. If that doesn't work, you may need to cut down the middle of it with scissors. Be extra careful not to cut kitty's skin! After you've cut it, try to loosen it again and then carefully brush it out. Remember to pay extra attention to the hair along your kitty's underside. This likes to get tangled up quite frequently. On small kittens I sometimes trim the hair on their backside just to help keep them clean until they get old enough to do a good enough job on their own. Don't forget to use your comb to remove all the loose hairs from their undercoat!
Every kitten that leaves here is fully litterbox trained, but when they first get to their new home, they may not know the appropriate place for them to relieve themselves. To cut down on any confusion, follow the tips below:
As soon as you get your kitten home, place them in the litterbox. This way, they will know where it is at, and after such a long trip they surely need to use it!
For very small kittens, make sure the litterbox is close by at all times. If they start to have an accident, pick them up and put them in the litterbox.
Use the same litter that they are used to when you first bring them home. You can change it later if you need to.
Always make sure you keep the litter box VERY clean! Your kitty will not use an overly dirty litterbox. He will instead use your floor, bathtub, couch etc.
Make sure the litterbox is not too close to the kitten's food or water. Cats do not like to eliminate next to where they eat!
Make sure you have at least one litterbox per cat, per level of your home. For small kittens you may want to have two or three litterboxes available until you are sure they have mastered their litterbox habits.
NEVER hit a kitten for having an accident. You will only teach them that relieving themselves is a bad thing which can cause many problems if your kitten becomes constipated. If your kitten is having accidents, you may need to make more litterboxes accessible to them. When they are small, they may not want to walk across the entire house to get to the litter pan and may find it more convenient to go where they are. So, if you have many litterboxes throughout your house, you will cut down on the chances of any accidents.
Feeding Your Kitten
Kittens should have access to their food and water 24 hours a day. They are growing so fast, they need as much nutrition as they can get! You should never feed your kitten adult cat food. It does not have all the nutrients that a growing kitten needs. Always feed them kitten food.
I recommend that you not change your kitten's food until you have had them at least 2 weeks. It is stressful enough coming to a new place, there is no reason to give them an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea on top of everything else.
If you do change their food, you should do it slowly over a period of at least one week. Mix a little of the new food in with the old, and slowly increase the amount until it is 100% of the new food.
Never feed a kitten or cat a diet of wet food only. This will cause tarter build up on their teeth and will cause many problems in the future including loss of teeth. The chewing action and biting down on the dry food cleans their teeth. Wet food should only be given as treats. If you must feed it to your kitty as a meal, be sure to include at least one meal a day of dry food. You may also want to consider getting a toothbrush for your kitty to make sure it's teeth stay clean!
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