require small regular meals and a variety of foods. Fresh water
and quality dry biscuits should be available 24/7. Your kitten is
now eating 2-3 meals a day.
It is best to continue this as a minimum until approx 9-12 months
old. Then you may like to cut back to one main meal a day with dry
food still available 24/7.
Food Buy only Kitten varieties until your kitten is about
10-12 months old. I use a variety of premium brands you will
NOT find premium brands in supermarkets.
Buy from pet warehouses such as Pet Barn, online or from your vet.
Some of the brands I use are Advance, Royal Canin, ProPlan,
Hills Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba,
Nutrience and BlackHawk. As a guide you should be paying at least
$10-15 per kg for a premium dry food. Premium foods are more expensive
than supermarket brands
but you will end up feeding less, litter box output will be more
pleasant and your kitty will be much healthier, saving you vet bills
down the track.
I feed mostly roo meat, but cats also like a variety of other
fresh uncooked meats. Give you kitten a taste of whatever meat you
are eating (raw) to find out
what they like best. Never give cooked bones and always only feed
human grade meat. Dont buy pre-packaged pet mince from the
supermarket as it is full of preservative
which can be harmful over time. Chicken and chopped lamb necks are
great for chewing on to keep teeth clean.
I used tinned cat food as a backup and an occasional treat
only. Grated tasty cheese and yoghurt can be added to the diet for
extra calcium never give cats cows milk
as this may cause tummy upsets. Your kitten has only ever had water
and is more than happy with this! A good variety of foods in the
diet will stop your cat getting fussy
and will provide them all the nutrition they require. Any major
changes to the diet should be introduced gradually to prevent tummy
your kitten has been wormed at least twice already and will
be ready for another treatment at the time of the second vaccination.
It is recommended you worm
monthly until the kitten is 6 months old, then every 3 months for
life. I use Milbemax tablets which you should be able to buy from
your vet or online.
fleas can be a problem in summer and seem to come from nowhere!
If you find any fleas on your kitten, treat with a spot-on treatment
like Frontline Plus or Advantage
every 3-4 weeks as required. There is no need to treat for fleas
if your kitten doesnt have them. Do not use a flea collar
or powders on your cat. There are products available
that treat both worms and fleas e.g. Revolution and Advocate
talk to your vet about what best suits your situation. It is sometimes
necessary to rotate flea products for better
control during a bad flea season. Another product, Capstar is available
as a tablet and is fast acting. It kills adult fleas within 30 minutes
but needs to be used in conjunction
with another product to stop the flea breeding cycle.
kitten has had its first vaccination and will require another one
soon. Check the vaccination record you have been given for due date.
Ask your vet to ONLY give F3 killed vaccine.
Your vet may recommend a 3rd kitten vaccination but it is not compulsory.
The 12 month booster must be given next year, and then you can reduce
the vaccinations to
every 2-3 years - UNLESS your cat is going into a boarding cattery
this will require a booster every year.
kitten has been microchipped and a change of owner form will have
been completed. In about 6 weeks time you will receive a letter
in the mail with all the microchip details.
Please take this letter AND the Proof of Desexing Certificate provided
to your local Council. A once off registration fee must be paid
before the kitten is 6 months old.
Dont forget to update your details if you move house!
use and recommend OzPet
litter. NEVER use a clumping or crystal litter with kittens. Kittens
tend to play with and eat litter and clumping or crystal litters
can cause death if swallowed.
litter is very economical and great at keeping smells to a minimum
when used correctly. Scoop solids and shake the sieve tray daily,
empty the bottom tray once a week.
Dont forget to start off with a handful of litter in the bottom
tray to absorb the first deposits!
is very important for your kitten. Not only is it an ideal opportunity
for you to check for fleas or hidden wounds, it is also a great
chance for the two of you
to spend some quality time together. The Birman is classified as
a semi-longhaired breed. The coat does not knot easily and only
requires grooming once or twice a week
with Johnsons Baby Powder (pure cornstarch variety only) and
brush. Sharp claw tips can be trimmed and eyes and ears should be
wiped clean with a damp cloth
as part of your regular grooming routine. You will be shown some
basic grooming techniques before you take your kitten home. If
you need to wash you kitten
you can use Morning Fresh dishwashing liquid or a mild pet shampoo
like Fidos Everyday. Always use warm water, rinse well and
towel dry. Cats are scrupulously clean animals
and it is usually not necessary to bath a cat unless it has an accident
or you have a show cat.
like playthings they don't have to be expensive.
Corks and bottle tops are light and flip nicely as does
a rolled up piece of paper and they just love empty boxes.
Be creative. Don't hang toys on a string unattended as cats have
been known to get caught up and choke to death.
you don't yet have a scratching post I recommend you spend a little
more now and get a well made sturdy pole covered in carpet.
Dont waste your money on a cheap fake fur version it
will not last the distance! All cats must scratch to remove the
sheath from their nails so they will not know that your
lounge suite is not suitable unless an alternative is provided and
they are encouraged to use it. Get a post with a platform on top
as kittens love to be high and will sleep on it.
Barry at Creature
Features will custom-make cat posts to suit your preferences
and/or matches your décor.
are small children with fur. They like routine and may require a
little non-violent discipline at times.
are a few tips:
Establish positive and negative behavior with your pet. When your
cat does something good reward them with pats, praise, and sometimes
nice little treats.
Play with them. When they do something bad, ignore them. Do not
speak one word to them. Cats will not listen to a word you say and
shouting will not do any good.
Depriving them of precious attention, however, will change their
Take a can and fill it with rocks. Any time the cat is doing something
they shouldn't be doing, shake it at them. The loud noise will discourage
them from acting.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with water. Cats hate water and
once they do something bad it should only take a couple sprays to
get them to stop.
Next time they will think twice about their actions.
If the above method does not work, use lime juice instead of water.
Lime juice is very bitter and cats hate it.
Never hit or yell at your cat. This does nothing. If anything, the
cat will eventually attack you. Physical discipline does not allow
a cat to learn from their bad behavior.
Place double-sided tape on the surface of a place the cat shouldn't
be. They will get stuck in the tape and learn not to go up there.
You may also spray it with a scent they hate, such as vinegar or
at any time you have questions or concerns about your kitten, please
contact me.....and dont forget to send me regular updates
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