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Kittens bring so much joy to our lives. With so many different personalities, colors and sizes, they are as diverse as we are. That being said, not everyone responds to the same rewards, discipline, and some may not like certain things that others do!
The most important things to remember is that at 12 weeks old, they are transitioning from an environment with their mom and each other, so the first few days may take some adjusting to for everyone!
They may be transitioning into independent kitties, but they need a little extra TLC the few few days to weeks as they adjust to their new environments.
How should I introduce my new kitten to the family dog?
It is important that you manage the introduction to your family carefully and that your new cat/kitten and dog are always supervised until you are sure everyone is comfortable and safe.In addition, you’d want to make sure that your new cat has a private dog free area with everything they need in it (food, water, litter tray, bed, hiding place, elevated platforms etc.).
It may take several days or even a couple of weeks before your kitten is confident in their new home and closely bonded to you. During this time keep your kitten separated from your dog.
In the meantime, work on reinforcing your dog’s basic training so that you have good control over them when it comes to introducing your new kitten to your dog.
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Introducing your new kitten to your cat
What ingredients cats CANNOT have
Cat food containing Carageenan- this is a common allergic for cats and when broken down by the Digestive tract has carcinogenic properties
Wheat, Soy, Wheat Gluten, Corn, Corn Syrup, Potato Starch , Sugar, BHA, BHT, Food Dyes, Rice, PG (Propelyne Glycol), Ethoxyquin (Can be hidden behind the label "fish meal)- this is banned in the US for human consumption yet allowed in pet food.
ANY food or treat made in China
Grapes, Raisins, Chocolate, Onion, Alcohol, Coffee, Citrus, Dairy (we at times give Goats Milk), Xylitol
This includes TREATS! Please NO Temptations or Friskies.
Too much fish can inhibit their ability to absorb certain B vitamins, so only supplement
Xantham gum, agar agar, guar gum
- Conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are also thought to be linked to diet.
What should I feed my kitten?
Kittens should be fed a filler free diet. This means with Kitten dry or wet food, the first 5 ingredients should be a meat of some kind, whether that be chicken, organs, duck, quail, salmon, along with organ meat which contain vital vitamins such as taurine, B vitamins and DHA. They need meat to survive. While small amount of plant and starch matter is tolerable, they lack the necessary physiology required to fully digest it.
Cats are, in fact, obligate carnivores.
While the price tag on biologically appropriate foods may be higher than foods containing fillers, you spend less on quantity as well as vet bills for avoidable illnesses down the road.
For these reasons, it's best to either
1) prepare a veterinarian approved recipe using fresh meat and calculated supplements
2) feed solely a high quality wet kitten food /raw pre-made/ freeze dried raw
3) mix a high quality canned food/homemade food with the high quality dry kibble. When we say "mix" we do not mean take kibble and mix it with wet/raw food. The feline Digestive system processes kibble as a starch and the meat/freeze dried kibble/canned wet food as a protein so they digest at very different rates. You can alternate, say dry kibble for one meal and wet/canned/ raw for the others. We personally use freeze dried mixed with canned and/or raw. Both are processed at the same rate and this is by far the most "convenient" way to feed.
Please keep in mind, wet food is preferred over dry. These suggestions are not a substitute for veterinary advice, of course.
Your kittens health is your wealth. The food they eat is their life force, so the highest quality possible keeps them from avoidable illnesses and costly emergency visits.
Please note: All recommendations contained within are not a substitute for veterinarian advice. For some links we may earn a small commission.
Per the ASPCA guidelines***, we also recommend and strongly suggest a wet, protein dominant diet over dry.
In the case this is not feasible, we have provided dry alternative options... both in kibble and freeze dried form. In this case, the order in which this article lists the product is ranked in descending order from most preferable to least.
1. Northwest Naturals:
Frozen to Thaw foods-
Our primary food (When we can source it)
Freeze Dried- (We love the Rabbit)
2. Stella & Chewy's
****Please note we do not approve of their canned or dry kibble.
(When we can't find Nortwest Naturals frozen, we use this kitten mix for all our fuzzy babies supplemented with freeze fried North West or Stella & Chewy )
When weaning kittens, in addition to freeze dried and Orijen canned, we add this into their rotation (NorthWest frozen raw can be hard to find). They absolutely love it! While the bones might sound scary, in raw form, they are actually similar softness to the meat itself!
4. Ziwi Naturals
Wet- We wean our kittens onto a mix of this canned food (it's excellent!), and Stella and Chewies Freeze Dried Rabbit.
This is important...so remember, Cats not only NEED meat and natural bone and organs...they also NEED moisture, If you opt for a freeze dried option versus wet, please re hydrate, add water, or top off with a wet protein source.
We always keep Orijen Kitten Canned in our house in case of emergency. Often times we feed solely wet raw, however, when we are on the go, we leave out freeze dried morsels for them to snack on. In case of a power outage our kitties get a ration of Orijen Kitten/Cat Canned food. Raw is always preferable but when these things aren't possible, a mixing of raw freeze dried morsels and a can of Orijen canned does the job and satiates our baby's biological needs.
It is not about being perfect, but their health is their wealth.
We suggest Tiki Cat's Baby Thrive for when transitioning into a new household. Sometimes, kitties get nervous and fight or flight instinct make them not interested in food or water. This stimulates their appetite and is a quick boost of calories.
***We used to stand behind Tiki Cat's products, however, since their addition of various GUMs (agar agar, xantham, guar, etc) we have recanted our position and do not use their wet food . Their Luau variety does not include these varieties, yet can be hard to find in stores. We do continue to use this variety for supplemental feeding as the "shreds" of chicken, organ and fish make our kitties very happy!.***
Tiki Cat Baby Thrive-
NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES & FEEDING REQUIREMENTS
You can add chopped meats to meals or get the toppers from Tiki Cat to add to your kittens food, as well. Occasionally we mush in a piece of an oil packed sardine or piece of salmon into their food as a treat!
If your kitten has an upset tummy or is straining, some at home remedies can be tried before your veterinarian appointment.
Pumpkin: Organic canned or jarred. 2 tsp can be mixed into food
Organic Olive oil/Safflower oil- 1tsp mixed into food twice daily (once a week) for healthy coat, reduce hairballs and to help with minor constipation
Goats Milk- ⅛ cup if loose bowels occur from improper food transition. Contains electrolytes. Can be given up to 3 times/week
SmartyKat Sweet Greens- Whole plants or seeds can be purchased from many pet stores or online. The brand SmartyKat is just an example of the many cat grasses your kitten can enjoy chewing on. It helps aid digestion, limits hairballs and also contains vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll, a natural breath freshener. This is also excellent to deter cats and kittens from chewing on potentially toxic houseplants.
Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora
This is available at most veterinarian offices and approved reputable online vetrx companies.
This is great for bouts of diarrhea caused by improper food transition and during the course of antibiotics (taken away from antibiotic doses) and after to help rebuild the beneficial gut flora supporting your Kitten's immune system.
Litter, Litter Boxes & More
There should always be one more litter box available than the amount of cats in a household.
So 1 kitten/cat = 2 litter boxes
Some single kitten households do well with only one litter box, it varies by kitten and situation.
Some prefer enclosed versus open, again varying by individual kitten.
In our home, we exclusively use Worlds Best Cat Litter(provided in canister) for odor, clump and toxicity purposes. Cats are self groomers so the litter they walk in is the litter they lick off their paws. This means we stay away from litter that can cause obstructions or have fragrances. This litter is corn based and is also flushable! Awesome plus.
Litter should be scooped once a day. Cats will be adverse to going in a dirty box. Litter should be dumped every 1 to 2 months. You will know when it's time to change it!
***Please see brochures enclosed in new kitty care kit regarding their litter as well as coupons!
Siberian Cat Fel D1
The allergic reaction in the presence of cats is due to the cat's fel d1 protein levels. Siberian cats have as much as 10x less Fel D1 levels than traditional domestic cats. So while there is still the presence of these proteins, the allergy sufferer typically builds a gradual immunity to the minute allergens at levels that the body can build defenses to. This means in some cases, initial contact may result in a minor reaction. In our experience, within a week symptoms are little to none, with contact with a traditional housecat resulting in anaphylaxis.
Our king, Henri comes from a long line of champion Siberans awarded for their record low Fel D1 levels.
Flea & Tick Prevention
(We try to be as kind to our furry friends' systems as possible. The skin is the largest organ, so if we feed them the utmost quality food, we also believe in treating their largest organ the same way)
We use their yard and home spray for prevention. Even if your kitties don't hang out outside, ours like to go on leashed walks and plus we can fleas track them in via our shoes and clothing without even knowing it.
Flea and Tick Shampoo:
This shampoo is safe for kittens, pregnant mamas and is used to both repel and kill fleas and their larvae.
Some products we use in our furry home:
Does your cat eat too quickly? Check out our elevated cat bowls - feeder stand. It helps prevent indigestion and gastric reflux.
It slows down the absorption of food (slow feeder)
It has 2 bowls that can hold food or water.
Raised bowls reduce stress on the joints
Anti spill cat bowl: No more food on the floor
Dimension: 17*13*7 cm
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