Tips and Tricks
Bringing Your New Kitten Home
Before you bring your new cat home, “cat proof” your house by moving breakable or dangerous objects to an inaccessible area. You might find you’ve moved everything you own into one room. But once you get to know him you’ll have a better grip on what percentage of your cat’s personality is lap lion and how much is lamb and can redistribute your valuables accordingly.
As for new items, you’ll need to stock the welcome wagon with the following to welcome your new kitty:
- A hard-sided carrier (they’re easier to lug around and last forever)
- A bed, preferably something cozy where the kitten will feel protected.
- A litter pan, with litter, and litter liners or a litter scoop.
- Food and water bowls.
- Food. Kittens need special kitten food until they are 8-months old. We recommend feeding Royal Canin, Science Diet, or Iams kitten food.
- Comb, brush, and shampoo. It’s true that cats groom themselves but a little outside help is always appreciated. See our tips on how to groom our new Persian or Himalayan kitten.
- Toys: Nothing unexpected here. Look for furry balls, shiny things and any object that might resemble a mouse at first glance. Just be careful not to get toys with pieces (like bells) that could loosen and choke the kitten.
- A book on training and caring for your new kitten.
Purchasing One Kitten vs. Two Kittens
A real life story from our friend Dee...... About 3 months ago we lost our 14 year old kitty. In less than a month we also lost our 16 year kitty. This was devastating to my husband and me. We went to Patrecia's to look at her kitties with the intention of bringing home one baby. I just fell in love with all of them, but finally brought the number down to two. Her kittens are so loving and well socialized, I know I'm not the only one who faced this dilemma. I have to say I wondered how it was going to work to have two kittens in a home where both momma and daddy would be working a lot of the time. I have to say this turned out to be a very good reason why my decision turned out to be the most excellent one I could have made. We had Sooooo enjoyed having the two together. Just watching their antics is an evenings entertainment. They love each other and spend a lot of their time together; whether it be eating, sleeping or playing. My husband and I both work outside the home. I am a Realtor, so I come and go all the time. Having two kittens makes it so much easier for them and for us when we are away from home. One kitten would be very lonely and bored when left home alone. Our babies are happy because they are together and we don't have to feel guilty every time we need to be away. They have never been into any kind of trouble since we brought them home. I really feel the biggest reason they don't get into trouble is because they are together. It seems they are good at keeping each other entertained. We have had them both here for nearly a month now. After seeing how well this has worked out, I would be the first to advise anyone to do what we did and raise two together.
How to Remove Tear Stains
We have spent some time looking into methods of dealing with the stains around the eyes. Here are some things we have learned:
- Cleaning the eyes every day is very important
- If they have crusted matter around them, start by using a fine toothed flea comb. Comb very carefully around the eyes to remove as much as possible.
- At times you can use a Q-Tip cleaning inward toward the eyes, if needed to remove any liquid debris that might be there.
- Follow that by using a warm wash rag to clean the rest. For some kittens, this is all you need to do to keep the stains under control.
- Other kittens will take a little more. If there are stubborn stains that remain, we've found a product called Crystal White and found it works very well.
- Warm the Crystal White just a few seconds in the microwave before using it. It seems to work better warmed. Never make it hot!
- Then, carefully use a Q-Tip again to apply it to the stained area, working it from the outside inward.
- Make sure it gets down to the root of the hair.
- It is important to avoid letting it get into the baby's eyes.
- You can also use a toothbrush to work it well into the hair, if you prefer.
- Leave this on for ten minutes. You can do this process before beginning to brush your kitty. You can brush them while the product is working.
- Using a warm washcloth, carefully wash the product off. You will see a definite improvement with the first application, and it gets better each time you use it. Soon the stains will be gone.
- Open the capsule and pour out the contents over a little bit of canned food and use a fork to mix it in well.
- Feed this this to each kitty every day for 2 weeks.
- Then, skip the process for 1 week.
- Then begin the process again.
- Repeat the cycle until you feel you have gotten the tearing under control.
Getting Used to the Family
The first thing to remember is don't just sit the kitten down. The newness of your home will be overcoming to a new baby. You should have a safe room, preferably your bedroom. Place a litter box, food, and some water in the room and then introduce the rest of the family slowly. Small children should be discouraged from picking up the baby while he or she is using the litter box or while eating. Small children should never be left unattended with your new kitten as accidents can happen. Be sure to let any other animals in the house smell your new kitten for at least a day or two from underneath the door. This will give them time to get acquainted with each other without being face to face. Do everything slowly.
Beat the Summer Heat!
Be sure to always provide fresh drinking water to your kittens and cats. Rinsing out the water bowl daily and provide fresh clean water. Water and food bowls should be scrubbed or placed in the dishwasher at least once a week to fight off any germs or bacteria that may have accumulated in the bowls. If using well water or unfiltered tap water, please be sure that your kitten or cat does not develop diarrhea or nausea. You can boil your water and then store in the refrigerator to fight off bacteria and harmful agents that may have been in your well or tap water. If you kitten or cat develops an upset stomach or diarrhea, you may want to switch to filtered or bottled water, and of course contact your veterinarian if the problem is severe or persists more than 24 hrs. You can purchase bottled drinking water for your kitten or cat for a pure, clean solution.
Persian & Himalayans need to stay cool in the summer months. Try to keep the air conditioner set to 70-78 degrees even while away from home. This will ensure that your kitten or cat is comfortable at all times. If your are going to be away for an extended period of time, you may want to send a friend or relative over to check on your kitten or cat to make sure the temperature is still at a comfortable level and that your kitten or cat has enough fresh water and food.
Frustrated with Fleas?
A great product to use is Frontline Plus or Revolution. Both products are good and Revolution also kills ear mites, and is an effective solution to kill all types of worms.