Step Two: Preparing for your new kitten
It is important that you make your kitten's transition to its new home as smooth as possible by purchasing the same food and litter the kitten is already using.
I start every litter on Cat Attract litter. Mom's Petco Crystals
are always available, and often the kittens will use either litter
indiscriminately by the time they leave. I strongly recommend you purchase
Cat Attract litter for your kitten's arrival. You may
transition to a litter of your choice when your kitten is ready.
Raw chicken hearts, gizzards, wingettes, and drumettes
mice - I recommend Rodent Pro
Fel-O-Taurine by Thomas Labs
Zoo Med Calcium Without Vitamin D
In the morning, mice and raw
chicken wingettes and drumettes – small wings and drumsticks. I buy
them frozen in a bag at Walmart’s grocery store. For one kitten I
would put one to two thawed pieces out in the morning and leave
access to them all day. Before you feed in the evening, discard the
leftover. In the evening, raw chicken hearts, gizzard, a canned
food that has no grain or vegetable matter in it, raw canned
pumpkin, powdered taurine, and powder calcium without vitamin D. I
put the hearts, gizzards, canned food, and pumpkin in a bowl, add
the taurine and calcium and mix until blended. I add taurine as we
do not know how much taurine is lost in the freezing process;
technically, the mouse and the chicken hearts have taurine in them,
but how much the cat gets after they have been frozen is not known.
I add calcium because not all cats eat the bones of the wingettes
and drumettes. If your kitten eats bones every day, you could skip
the calcium. Pumpkin is added as a source of fiber. If you skip
the pumpkin and find no change in stool consistency, then you don’t
need the pumpkin.
I buy my chicken hearts and
gizzards either from the Walmart grocery store or from my local
butcher. I buy either Walmart’s Special Kitty Mixed Grill canned
food or PetSmart’s Great Choice Mixed Grill cat food and both of
these foods have no grain or vegetation in them. HOWEVER, that is
not true for all flavors of these cat food brands. You must read
the ingredients of each food to determine if it is free of grain and
vegetables. Feline powdered Taurine and powdered Calcium without
Vitamin D are both available through
Food and water bowls (not plastic)
Toys and Play Area:
if you don't
have one. Ask
about his vaccination philosophy. My philosophy is simple less is better. Your kitten will have received one three-way
vaccine (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, and Calicivirus) some time after eight weeks
of age. I prefer to vaccinate later rather than sooner. The kitten will need only one booster after this shot. I don't recommend any other shots unless you plan to show your kitten.
your home for
kitten. A quarantine is required for the full refund during the initial five days. Set up a safe place
- a small room
- with all of
your kitten's supplies
and toys before she arrives. This should be a room you would like the kitten to use as its home base
- most likely the room with the litter box.
For precautionary purposes, you may want to put away any valuable
family heirlooms. My kittens get squirted with a water bottle for jumping on counters and tables, but they are much like a toddler in that they constantly test the boundaries.
Step Three: Picking up your kitten
It is best to pick up your kitten in person, so you can meet mom, likely dad, litter mates and see how the kitten has spent its first twelve weeks of life. Please bring a carrier with you. You may also want to bring an extra towel or roll of paper towels in case kitty has an accident on the way home.
If your kitten is not paid for in advance, please bring the
balance in cash or a Cashier's check. If you'd like to pay by
personal check, please pay two weeks prior to the pick up date.
If paying by PayPal or Google Checkout, please add the 3% fee.
Step Four: The First Few Days
kitten into a
To reduce the
adhere to the
Keep the kitten in her safe place, a small room set up just for her and away from other animals for the first few days
- Visit your kitten frequently in her safe place
- Slowly introduce your kitten to other pets and larger areas of your home but never close the door to her safe place
- Play with your kitten, love
her, and let
her sleep with you
- Offer the kitten a heating pad (cordless), a blanket, and toys
- Don't make an immediate change in diet