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“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Feed wet pate canned cat food at least twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Some kittens will expect a lunch serving.

Hill's Science Diet Kitten Dry Cat Food

Hill's Science Diet Kitten Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food, 15.5-lb bag

Please make sure that kibble dry kibble is always available for your cat/kitten at all times.

Scoop your litter box at least once daily and completely refresh the litter and clean the litter box out once weekly.

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KITTEN & CAT CARE

Tips for keeping your feline friend healthy and happy for many years to come.

FEEDING

  • Please Google toxic foods and flowers for cats.

  • Make sure to have a plan in place of what to do if your cat ingests potentially toxic ingredients.


Keep your cat on the same food your breeder recommends until at least one year of age. 

  • Do not switch your cat's food without transitioning slowly from one food to another, or else your cat could experience serious GI issues such as diarrhea or constipation. 


Canned Food: Our recommended food is Hill's Science Diet Kitten. We feed wet canned cat food at least twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Please reference Hill's Science Diet website for feeding guidelines per weight and age. Feel free to contact them directly with any questions on how much food your cap or kitten should consume in one day. Our general guidelines are half to one can of pate per meal. Ragdolls continue to grow until they are four years of age. Please make sure that they have adequate amounts of food to eat to satisfy their growth needs. Food consumption levels will also vary depending on the activity of your cat. Please consult a veterinarian for issues with weight management. You may also give a serving in the afternoon at lunchtime.


Kibble: Please ensure that kibble dry kibble is always available for your cat/kitten. We feed Hill's Science Diet Kitten Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food.


Always have plenty of fresh water available for your cat at all times. 


There are also lots of great waterers that provide flowing water for your cat's needs. Always ensure that there is always clean, cool, fresh drinking water for your cat.

We recommend using stainless steel ceramic or glass to feed your cats and kittens because they won't retain toxic chemicals.

LITTER BOX

We use a pea husk cat litter in our house, with stainless steel litter boxes. This litter is good because if kittens eat it, it is nontoxic. If you want to Transition your cat or kitten to a new type of litter, we recommend putting several litter boxes in the same area, one with the type you plan on transitioning them to and 1 with the type they have been using and perhaps even another 1 in the middle that is a mixture of both types so that they can start getting used to different types of litter. The litter robot site has a really great guide on how to transition your cats from one type of litter to another type of litter and how to transition them into using a robotic litter box. Please know that your cat needs to weigh at least 5 pounds before they can use the litter robot. 


Scoop your litter box at least once daily and completely refresh the litter and clean the litter box out once weekly. Provide additional litter boxes according to the number of cats in your household. For example, one litter robot can accommodate more cats than a litter box because it cleans itself each time a cat uses it. You can also feel free to explore the different kinds of litter options out there to see if they work for you and if they are safe for your cat. 


If you are using a clay-based cat litter (found in most pet stores) and your box is getting a little stinky, you can try adding a few things to make it fresher one of the things I would recommend is a few tablespoons of baking soda. Baking soda is a great way to control smells naturally. You can also add a few handfuls of crushed zeolite to the litter to absorb odors. 

TOOTH CARE

Your kitty will appreciate having their teeth brushed when they are older, trust me! Get your new kitten used to having their teeth brushed as early as possible. Daily for 1-2 minutes or several times a week is best to reduce tartar buildup. Your veterinarian can give you recommendations for toothbrushes and toothpaste.

HAIRBALLS

Hairballs are unfortunately part of the package with cats. They lick themselves clean and end up swallowing hair. In order for that hair to pass they need a lubricant to help it go out the right end. We recommend using whatever your veterinarian recommends or over the counter petromalt to aid in passing hairballs. Grooming and removing excess hair and mats will also reduce hairballs.

TRIMMING CLAWS

You will need to trim claws at least every 2 weeks to keep them healthy and minimize accidental pokes and scratches. Zen Clippers has some easy-to-use nail trimmers, which will only cut off a small portion of the nail. You will need size xx small-medium for your kitten/cat. The company can mail you a free sizing tool. You can also purchase an inexpensive nail clipper and a little practice. This video includes tips and tricks to trim your cat's claws. I recommend getting your kitten used to having their paws touched and massaged as soon as possible.

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