Note* There will be
an envelope taped to the top of the crate with the kittens health
information (shots, worming etc..), registration and vet certificate.
Save the health information, it will be helpful for your vet to complete the
kittens vaccination and worming schedule.
On the Day of the kittens
arrival when you bring your new kitten into your home we suggest that you
place the kitten in its litter box immediately and then let it explore the
house from there. Use the same litter as we use to begin with.
(Tidy cat clumping litter for multiple cats). Another thing to consider is that I do
not use the cover on the litter box when the kittens are little as I am
using a smaller litter box. So they are not used to the covers when they go
to their new homes. You can introduce the covers after a few weeks in your
home. I always keep
the litter box on the floor, so please put the litter box on a floor, not a
table top, bench or on top of anything, the kittens do not know that they may need
to climb to find their litter box. Do not use a hidden/disguised
litterbox until the kitten has adjusted to using one like we use.
After a few weeks of using the litterbox you may replace it with another
type of litter box, but put it in the same place as the old litterbox.
Slowly move the litter box, day by day to the new place that you want it to
Keep the kitten confined
to a single room when you are not present. (It will be easier to find in
case it decides to hide out) Do this for a week or so or until you are
comfortable that you have bonded well with the kitten and it is comfortable
with you as its new buddy. Some kittens chum right up to new owners
and situations while others take longer to warm up to their new environment.
Hold and cuddle your new
kitten often the first few weeks. Cradle the kitten in your arms like a
baby and rub its belly gently. Rubbing the tummy often creates trust much
quicker than just petting the back. Also gently rub the sides of its jaws
with your fingers. This places your scent near his nose so you become
very familiar to it very quickly.
Once your little kitten
is purring and sooo happy to see you whenever you appear, you can consider
it adjusted to the move from our home to yours. You will find that these
kittens will chirp when they are happy. Kind of like a half purr and
half burp. You will recognize it when they start doing it.
purrrrrrrpb is how I would spell it.
Do not let your
kitten hide out somewhere when you first receive it. Hold it and pet
it and let it know that you are a good thing in its life. Do let the
kitten take a nap on your lap. Play with the jingle toy on your lap.
When ever you put the kitten down set it in its litter box for the first few
Be sure to keep a photo
copy of the registration and the date that you sent it in.
We feed Purina One healthy kitten (blue bag) and
canned shredded meats. These foods can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Pet
Smart, pet store or a grocery store. Refrigerate canned leftovers.
When you decide to change
your kittens’ food, gradually add the new food to what it is eating now.
Increase the new food as you decrease the old food. It will be easier on
its digestive system. Do this over a two week period. When the
kitten is a year old you can start feeding adult cat food. We suggest
Purina One Healthy Cat or Purina Pro Plan Adult Cat food. Your vet may
suggest another brand that he or she feels is also a good food.
We recommend that you have your kitten
spayed or neutered around the age of 6 months or as early as your vet
suggests. Both males and females may start to mark
their territory as early as that, especially if there are other cats in the
home. (Yes, female cats can spray as well). Some people think that
their kitten is not using the litter box, or has quit using the litter box
when they find a wet spot somewhere else, when indeed the kitten is using
the litter box, but it may also be spraying, or marking it's territory in
another corner of the house. Unless you intend to raise kittens,
there is no reason not to spay or neuter your cats
especially if you don't want them to spray/mark their territory in your
Be sure to read the page
on how to handle your kitten.