Caring For Your New Kitten
Thank you for supporting a local business and a local charity, by adopting your cat from Mid West Cat Shelter, Inc though Place Road Pets.
To help your new feline family member settle into their new environment, below is a list of things you’ll need that we can help with:
- Collar and name tag. At place Rd Pets we have many different collars in all colours and styles, and we can custom make you a pet tag within minutes.
- Litter tray and litter.
- Cat toys & Scratching Posts
- Cat food
- Cat bed
- Cat Bowls
- flea and worm prevention
• New Clean bowls for water and wet and dry food.
• A nice comfortable warm bed. This should be located in a warm, drought-free, quiet place.
• A litter tray and kitty litter. There is a huge range of litter types. Try a few different ones to see what suites you and your cat.
• A few simple toys. There is large range of toys.
• A scratching post. This will prevent your cat from scratching at the furniture or carpet.
• A collar with a bell and name tag. That way if your cat is ever lost it well help to identify it. And a bell can help deter cats from hunting wildlife animals.
It’s important to keep your Kitten in a quiet area of the house for the first few days with all the things listed above within reach. The kitten should always have access to their bed as this is their ‘safe place’. Don’t smother the new kitten or cat until it has settled in as, you do not want their first impression to be a fearful one. Always supervise young children around the new kitten as they may not realize how fragile a little kitten is.
Indoor cats do live longer and are much healthier than outdoor cats. If you wish to eventually have an indoor/outdoor Cat, only fully vaccinated cats should be allowed to go outside. And only ever allow the cat outside during comfortable days, never at night. It is important to impose a curfew quickly into your cats routine.
For the first week only feed your Kitten the Food that Place Road Pets has provided you with. We recommended good quality biscuits such as the Iams® or advance Cat Food range. Kittens can be weaned on to Adult Cat Food at around 12 months of age. There are many benefits to the Iams®/advance Cat Food. These include:
• Maintaining strong teeth and bones
• Provides a complete and balanced diet
• Defends against diseases
• Builds a strong immune system
Kittens have a large appetite as they grow very quickly and need maintained nutrition. Kittens should have access to biscuits all the time, and be given wet kitten food once a day. An adult cat should ideally be given wet food once a day, along with a constant supply of biscuits. Iams®/advance and also have a large range of wet foods.
Kittens over 6 weeks of age do NOT need milk supplements. Fresh water is essential daily.
A Family Cat
Cats are very free spirited and independent, so are not easily trained. Every-time you interact with your cat, play with it, or feed it, make sure you use its name. Within a week your cat should start to responding, particularly if it associates its name being said when given food. When your cat is behaving remember to praise and reward it. NEVER use negative punishment as cats don’t respond well to this and it can lead to behavioral issues or a fearful cat.
Cats love to play with a variety of cat toys such as interactive wands, pounce toys and chase toys. Place Road Pets has a wide variety of cat toys available you can then supplement with a few items from around the home such as empty tissue boxes and toilet rolls.
Cats are explorers and can be trained to go for walks using one of the leads harnesses available at Place Road Pets.
Cats learn to use a litter tray from their mother. This makes toilet training easy as the instincts have already been imprinted. If your cat does not seem interested in the litter tray it will take time and patience to teach them. If you notice your cat wanting to toilet in an unsuitable area, pick them up and place them directly onto the tray and then praise them for toileting in the tray. If your cat has an accident, don’t punish them.
Once a week, clean the entire tray with dish washing liquid and leave to dry. This will keep odours away and the tray hygienic. Partial cleaning of the litter each day keeps the smell down really well and the cat will be happier to use the tray. Never let a pregnant woman clean the litter tray, as it can make the mother and unborn baby sick (a condition known as Toxoplasmosis).
Cats need occasional grooming and a healthy Cat will groom themselves regularly.
Long haired cats will require a daily brush to keep the fur healthy and clean.
Your cat’s nails may need trimming occasionally very carefully using small animal nail clippers.
You can bathe you cat occasionally using a good quality Cat Shampoo, but be prepared for lots of hesitation!
Health – ‘Prevention is the Best Cure’
Cats can be sterilized from 5-6 months. There is an over-population of cats in Australia and every cat which is sterilized helps. There are is now State Legislation in WA on cat ownership that sterilization and registration will be mandatory. Also that cats must be kept indoors at night. Unsterilized females are very likely to become pregnant, and this usually results in unwanted kittens. Unsterilized males will wander and can become aggressive and fight (spreading FIV). Sterilized cats are more affectionate, less aggressive and will not wander far from home. A sterilized cat will also live longer and have less health issues (such as fighting wounds and birthing complications).
Cats should be vaccinated against the big ‘four’:
• Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), an often fatal infection of the intestines.
• Feline Calcivirus (FCV), a very painful virus causing ulceration
• Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVR), or the cat flu
• Feline Chlamydia Virus (FeLV)
Vets will often also advice vaccination against:
• Feline Leukemia
• Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Flea and Heart worm Prevention
Cats can catch fleas and heart worm and a monthly treatment will prevent this. Cats are also vulnerable to ear mites, ticks and sarcoptic mange mites. All of these can be prevented by using a monthly treatment of advocate, Frontline® (only does Fleas) .
To control roundworm, hookworm, whip worm and tapeworm follow the schedule below.
• 6 weeks old
• 8 weeks old
• 10 weeks old
• 12 weeks old
• Then every 3 months for life.
There are many Kitten & Cat all-wormer brands that are available in paste or tablet form.
For Worming, Vaccination and Flea Treatment dates please refer to your Kittens Vaccination certificate, and kitten pack provided by Place Rd Pets during the sale if any other enquires please contact the Midwest cat shelter on 0487193244
Cats can fall sick quickly and can show no symptoms until the last minute. Frequently check your cat for weepy eyes, runny nose, flu symptoms, check their bowel motions and always watch for sudden changes in behaviour. A usually docile cat that acts excessively defensive or aggressive may be sick. Make it part of your daily routine to check your cats body condition every day paying particular attention to the skin, eyes, ears and feet.