Kitten Care

Diet

Kittens 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.

Dry 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.

Meat – 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. Don’t 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.

Other – 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 cow’s 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 upsets.

Parasites

Worming – 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 – 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 doesn’t 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.

Vaccinations

Your 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.

Registration

Your 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.
Don’t forget to update your details if you move house!

Kitty Litter

I 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.
OzPet 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.
Don’t forget to start off with a handful of litter in the bottom tray to absorb the first deposits!

Grooming

Grooming 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 Johnson’s 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 Fido’s 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.

Toys

Kittens 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.

If 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.
Don’t 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.

Discipline

Kittens are small children with fur. They like routine and may require a little non-violent discipline at times.

Here 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 behavior.

· 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 lime.

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