AnnaMae's Flowers Cattery

Bringing Home Your Kitten

Foods

Soft Foods

  • Purina One Healthy Kitten
  • Purina One Focus Kitten

Dry foods are left out in an automatic dispenser as well as their water. All cats have to have access to fresh water at all times.

When a kitten arrives at it’s new home it is not uncommon for him/her to completely quit the dry foods offered and only choose to eat the soft foods offered. Going through this period just requires feeding the soft food more times a day while still offering the dry. Typically after a couple of weeks they are back on the dry and settled into the routine of their new home.

Kittens get soft foods twice a day. As they get older, I decrease the amount of soft foods they receive daily and discontinue the canned foods given. When babies are approximately one year of age I will feed chicken instead of canned cat foods. An easy type to just have on hand is canned chicken. This does not have to be given every day.

Dry Foods

  • Purina One Kitten
  • Purina One Focus Flaked Variety Kitten
  • Authority Brand Kitten

I will send the food that your kitten is currently on for easy transitioning into the foods of your choice.

It is also a good idea to contain the new baby in a room all of their own for the first week. A guest bathroom or spare bedroom is good for this. Kittens are like puppies in the respect that free roam of the house may be intimidating and harder to find their litter box. Once they are used to your home and confident in the new environment they can explore your entire home. This is also beneficial if they are being introduced to a new cat in the home. This gives them a couple of days to acquire the smell of your home. Giving them a t-shirt that you have worn or a blanket your cat has used while giving your cat a blanket that the new baby has slept on will benefit both parties. They will acquire each others smell. This typically takes four days to a week. If it takes longer, just know that it will just take a bit more time and then you will have years of happy times with your kitten.

Acclimating

It is also a good idea to contain the new baby in a room all of their own for the first week. A guest bathroom or spare bedroom is good for this. Kittens are like puppies in the respect that free roam of the house may be intimidating and harder to find their litter box. Once they are used to your home and confident in the new environment they can explore your entire home. This is also beneficial if they are being introduced to a new cat in the home. This gives them a couple of days to acquire the smell of your home. Giving them a t-shirt that you have worn or a blanket your cat has used while giving your cat a blanket that the new baby has slept on will benefit both parties. They will acquire each others smell. This typically takes four days to a week. If it takes longer, just know that it will just take a bit more time and then you will have years of happy times with your kitten.

The house is kept at 70 to 72 degrees though some rooms are cooler and some warmer. The babies are used to normal temps in the home. I do put clothes on the naked babies, but not always.

They do enjoy a basket or bed with a heating pad kept on low around the house

I use equine pine pellets in open litter boxes. They convert easily onto other types of litter but I will send home enough of the pine pellets to get you started.

I will send home toys, old and new, with your baby.

If the baby is to be shipped I will also supply shipping kennel, baby blankets inside along with a toy. Sometimes they won’t allow a toy in the kennel during flight.

I will send in the mail all items previously outlined, toys, food, paperwork, etc. I try and send this prior to kittens departure.

Kittens stay at my home until 12-14 weeks of age. Babies with straight coats typically are allowed to leave earlier than the naked type babies, they mature quicker. They will be altered and then about a week to ten days later I will allow them to leave.

Records and Vaccinations

All paperwork will be supplied to you (even paperwork that was previously emailed).

TICA Registration (TICA can be slow but I will mail as soon as it arrives if this is not included in the kittens departure paperwork).

The kittens received Feline FVRCP Vaccine and have been tested negative for FELV/FIV.

If for any reason your peterbarld cat/kitten should ever require medical treatment involving anesthesia , never allow the use of the drug Ketamine. The likelihood of a negative reaction is possible in any cat, but in Peterbalds it is more likely than not. Never take that chance, there are many alternatives.

 

Contracts and Final Payments

Contract andĀ final payments are due two weeks before they are altered. I will notify you with the babes date for surgery and then email you the day up surgery with up-dates. I try my very best to keep new parents informed on their progress and all the milestones prior to leaving my home.

Instructions for Spay/Neuter Incision site after baby arrives home

Your kitten was spay/neutered, the incision site was closed with surgical adhesive and/or sutures. If sutures were used they can be removed in approximately 10 days after surgery. If adhesive was used there will be nothing to remove. Ordinary care should be taken with your kitten.

Please seek care by contacting your vet if excessive swelling, redness or oozing overs around the site.