A Love4paws Cattery
Bringing a new Himalayan, Exotic or Persian kitten to your home is an exciting time but for your new cat or kitten a new home can be scary. New smells, new noises and your kitten will be missing it's mother or other cats that it played with at your breeders home. That's why when you first bring your kitten home or I recommend keeping them is a safe room. Make this safe room comfortable and fun by including a bed and some toys. You also may want to purchase a Feliway Diffuser. This product duplicates your cats happy pheromones and will make the adjustment period easier. Your Himalayan, Exotic or Persian kitten will let you know when they are ready to come out of the safe room. A cat that is still hiding from you (hiding is normal when a cat changes homes) or isn't playing and eating is a kitty that still has some adjusting to do. Once your kitten is eating, drinking, using the litter box, not hiding, is playing with you and moving about the safe room comfortably, then it's time to let them explore another room of the house. Some cats and kittens adjust quicker than others. Let your Exotic, Himalayan, Persian kitten or cat be curious about you and let them be the one to approach you.
FOOD AND KITTY LITTER:
Make sure you use the same food and kitty litter that your breeder uses. I feed all of my Exotic, Himalayan and Persian kittens and cats Royal Canin and a quality canned food. It's important for cats to eat some wet food everyday as cats generally don't drink enough water. You can even add a little bit of water to the wet food. I also feed all of my cats and kittens a supplement called L-Lysine which has been proven to help cats immune system. You can purchase L-Lysine from many companies on the Web. One of the companies I purchase mine from is Bodybuilder.com. I purchase the loose L-Lysine and then add it to my cats wet food everyday.
All of my kittens use The World's Best Kitty Litter. This is a corn based kitty litter that you can even flush in the toilet. Sometimes when kittens first start using the litter box they eat the kitty litter so that's one of the reasons I use this product. I also use it because it has less dust then some of the other clumping litters on the market. My adult cats use Scoop Away Kitty litter as they seem to prefer this over The World's Best Kitty litter. Make sure you use the same litter your breeder did when you first bring your kitty home.
I vaccinate my Exotic, Persian and Himalayan kittens at 8 and 12 weeks with either the Felocell 3 MLV vaccine or the FVRCP intranasal vaccine. These vaccines protect my kittens from Feline Rhinotrachetis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia. If a kitten is still at my home at 16 weeks then I give another vaccine. The final vaccine for a kitten should be given at 16 weeks or after because you never know if the earlier vaccines actually provided immunity because the Maternally derived antibodies may interfere with the immunity provided by the vaccine. If you would like more information about vaccines I highly recommend the C.F.A. article that Dr. Susan Little wrote. Here is a link to that article: Dr. Susan Little Vaccine Information.
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