MY OWN SPECIAL FORMULA FOR EXTRA PROTEIN FOR KITTENS
Lactaid Lactose fee milk diluted by 1/3 rd warm water, mix with the dry food to make wet and with lots of THE LACTAID milk to drink as well ( for extra protein add 1 teaspoon from small jar of Gerber (human baby food ) chicken puréed baby food to mixture! Look on my page for the video or ask me and I will send you the link to my kitty mixture! Link to video for this: https://www.facebook.com/purrrrfectpersians/videos/577559992399399/
OR kid replacement milk actually for baby goats…full of nutrition WAY better than any kitty replacement milk on the market…They will want THIS!!! So visit a feed store or tractor supply you can pick up a 8 lb bag for 24 dollars or smaller bag like a one pound for 10…its also more cost efficient than kitty formulas. I try to give them a bit of goats milk once a day and especially when you take your baby home, they are no longer getting mammas milk! Also wet food can be Crave or any of the above name brands for eating once a day to much wet food causes very very runny stools.
Blood feces- kittens will sometimes have bloody stools due to recent wormings and or constipation or pushing too hard as they learn to defecate. This will go away as they age.
***FREE FEED AND WATER- I ALWAYS KEEP FOOD AND WATER OUT AT ALL TIMES***
FOOD any high grade cat food (NOTHING FROM CHAIN GROCERY STORES UNLESS GRAIN FREE) high quality brands only, no meow mix, 9 lives or any garbage cat foods, these are just FILLER FOODS NO REAL NUTRITION- look for foods with chicken or fish or lamb as first ingredient NO GRAINS OR FILLERS with at least 38 proteins and up kitten foods will be at least 40 and up Suggested food- 4health, royal canine, Rachel Rays Nutrish and Blue, and Abound and finally Beyond is good-I have used any of these. I change their diet as they get Bored WITH A FOOD, AND I LIKE THEM TO HAVE VARIETY. They like ALL OF THEM!
Booster shot in 3 weeks only VACCINATE IN REAR LEG. Due to recent studies injection sites can become cancerous-
CAT LITTER- Use crystal silica cat litter for their litter boxes and I recommend a littermaid auto litter box.
Provide scratching posts and babies very own PLACE (kitty condo) -they adjust better when they know they have their VERY OWN SPOT. When introducing kitty to new environment it is best to slowly integrate them into your home. Start with one room at a time. Try placing them in a bedroom with their belongings and let them get used to the smells of the home and slowly let them wonder around and get to know their new home, they will be stressed out over all the new changes. Don’t expect them to immediately be all cuddly, it will take a day or two to most likely get to be the playful cuddle bug you see me play with…that is because they KNOW ME and have learned my scent. They too will learn who you are! Engage them in play with laser and feather wands, sit low on the ground when you first start to interact, you will develop their trust, and things will go a lot faster with bonding!
If meeting another furrrrbaby wrap that animal especially if it’s a cat in a towel and rub the towel ALL OVER THEM for several minutes. Then take your new baby and wrap in THE SAME TOWEL…this will transfer your currents furrrrbabies scent onto the new baby.. VERY IMPORTANT FOR CATS your current kitty will look at the new baby as an intruder so scent orientation is VERY important! CATS GO BY SCENT- STRANGER Danger- if they don’t smell the (house -animals -current smells- of the home on the new baby it will also help them get better acquainted sooner.
Bathe kitty once every couple of months and rinse apply oatmeal based conditioner rinse thoroughly or kitty shampoo and conditioners and brush him or her routinely. The bathing will cut down on hairballs and shedding and cause WAY LESS matting issues. Just use the mamma kitty grip when bathing.
Who has more fun when you spoil your kitty—you or the kitty? Maybe both. Here are some of the many ways to properly dote on your fabulous feline.
The cleansing zen of brushing. Most cats enjoy the rhythmical front-to-back glide of a brush or comb over their fur. The brushing ritual builds a bond as it slightly stimulates your kitty's skin and cleans her fur. Each cat has a unique preference for brush type and brushing style, so you may need to experiment before you find the right combo. If you already brush kitty regularly, consider adding a new brush to the repertoire. There are so many types to choose from—bristle brushes, de-shedding combs, and slicker brushes. Each one imparts a different feel and cleans and conditions the fur in its own way.
Cats like to sleep—everywhere. Cats are sleep connoisseurs, so you know they appreciate comfy sleeping spots (including all areas of your bed, your important papers, and your lap). Surely you can appropriate one more area in your home for kitty's napping. What to put in the newly-designated snoozing space? There are lots of choices. In addition to the luxury of bona fide cat beds and mats, try unconventional bedding options such as flattened tote bags or cardboard boxes. Will your cat go for these? Maybe he'll sleep on it and let you know.
Rotate your kitty's toys. You can never have too many cat toys, right? And they tend to be inexpensive—perfect catnip stocking stuffers. But it's not just the number of toys; it's how you use them. A toy mouse left out all the time is basically dead prey to a kitty. After a rousing play session (complete with victory pounce and snack), stow the erstwhile "prey" in the hidden kitty toy box. Bring it back in a week or so, so it seems fresh. In general, rotate the toys: Bring them out for play, and hide them out of reach at other times. Exceptions: Leave safe toys here and there with which kitty can entertain himself during the night and when you're away for more than a short while. Stuff them in various places for novelty and moderate hide-and-seek challenges. Rotate those toys, too.
Try fun variations with interactive play. Daily interactive play has many benefits: It provides your cat with physical and mental exercise, strengthens the cat-human bond, helps maintain a good weight, and much more. It also lets you and your kitty be creative. Here's one way to add some variation to your play routine: Crouch down low behind a chair, or just around the corner, behind a wall. Peek out and get your cat's attention, then quickly retreat. And wait. All of a sudden, and possibly when you least expect it . . . the kitty will rush upon you, abruptly stopping two inches from your face. It's fun to be the "prey," and it gives you an appreciation for the mouse's predicament. For added effect, turn the lights down low, and play the game in a carpeted room. You'll neither hear nor see your able hunter sneak up on you. Actually, dimming the lights often energizes any interactive play scenario, possibly because it simulates dawn and dusk conditions, wild cats' favorite hunting times. It's impressive to throw a toy in a dark room and watch a kitty jump on it like a laser beam. Daily interactive play is a great way for your little indoor stalker and pouncer to practice his skills and work off stress.
Treats for the sweet. Cats enjoy treats just like we do. Your kitty will enjoy finding a treat in his bowl or in surprise locations (that are not too hard to find – so you don't end up with uneaten treats everywhere). Some cats like to chase after treats that you slide across the floor. Other ways to combine treats with exercise are offering a treat reward after a play session and buying your kitty a treat ball. (Remember, as tempting as it is to give your cat a treat when he's giving you the "oh, poor me" look, a few treats go a long way.)
Add value to your cat's daily scratching by offering him a variety of well-placed scratching posts. Only one post for your master scratcher? You cat will get more of scratching's benefits—including its sheer joy—if his scratching posts and other paraphernalia are varied and close by. "Varied" means a combination of orientations (upright posts, flat or inclined pads) and materials (sisal, dense cardboard, etc.). "Close by" means that when your cat is in one of his favorite rooms, he doesn't have to walk far to find a decent place to scratch (he's much more likely to pick a nearby couch over an inconveniently-located post), and when he's passing by a strategic site for marking territory, he has the opportunity to get in a quick "reaffirmation" scratch. Scratching is of utmost importance to cats; the greater the amount and diversity of scratching furniture available to your cat, the better. In a multi-cat household this takes on additional significance.
The value of peace and quiet. Mere words can barely describe the peacefulness of quiet times when it's just your kitty and you. (Well, quiet except for the rumbling purr.) There is something profoundly satisfying yet open and giving when you're petting your appreciative cat. All seems right with the world for those moments.
1000 things to do with cardboard boxes. With a cat around, you realize there’s no limit to how cardboard boxes can be used as toys, playing props, and hiding places. Open up the floors of the boxes and connect two or three together to make a tunnel, which combines wonderfully with interactive play. Some cats like to sit in a low-sided cardboard box and be pushed around the room – make it extra exciting by cutting a small hole in the bottom of the box so your kitty can view and occasionally paw at the terrain. Cardboard may be the all-time bargain for people with cats.
Enhance your kitty's outdoor viewing experience. Is there a window in your home without a formal or makeshift perch for a kitty next to it? Surely that situation must be remedied! You can't beat a deluxe cat tree by the window, but a downscale solution can be as simple as reserving part of a desk or other furniture near a window for your kitty's outdoor gazing use. Outside the window (but not right next to it), you can put a bird feeder and bird bath. The birds will have tasty, nutritious food and water and your cat will have free entertainment.
Four paws up for this amazing video. Even if your cat never watches TV, he may have an entirely different response to the Cat Sitter DVD. Its compelling close-up footage of birds is so lifelike, your cat might strike at the screen or run behind the computer or DVD player to see where the bird went when it takes off. The Cat Sitter video is so powerful, for some cats you may want to show short segments and follow those with actual play sessions so your kitty can sink his claws and teeth into real "prey." The video may be a great resource for cats that need a little inspiration for playing, or those that are in a stressful situation and could use a diversion.
Bonus mini-tip. Throughout the day, surprise your kitty with random chin scratches and friendly pets. Of course, who can resist that anyway? Throw in some lavish praise, too. Cats love that.
Here are five main reasons to forgo declawing your feline companion:
1. Unlike humans whose nails grow from the skin, felines’ nails are embedded within the bone of the third phalange. In order to completely extract the nail, veterinarians remove both the nail and the bone in which it is contained. This is equivalent to cutting the human finger at the third knuckle. Declawing a cat is not simply removing the nail, but is an amputation of their extremities.
2. Removing the nail results in infection and an abnormal growth of the nail. A cat’s entire claw can grow back inside its toes and the infection that forms around it causes puss to enter their bloodstream and affect their liver and heart. The removal can also cause inflammation.
3. Most cat guardians choose to declaw their cats in order to prevent the decimation of their furniture, however, removing a cat’s primary defense mechanism results in other forms of erratic behavior. Since the cats do not have claws, they will often resort to biting and become more aggressive. The pain may also discourage the use of the litterbox, resulting in untrained defecation and excretions. Cats can also suffer emotional trauma from the amputation.
4. The cat’s pained feet can cause them to bear their body weight on their wrists and result in an early onset of arthritis.
5. Declawing leads to an increased population of shelter cats since more cats are admitted for behavioral issues caused by declawing, such as biting, aggressiveness and inappropriate urination, than they are for the use of their claws.
WHAT SHOULD A GOOD BREEDER BE PROVIDING?
Recent questions - Educational Post!
Understanding costs for breeders
I have had many people ask me why kitties cost what they do, and in order to fairly answer that question and to help educate those who really don’t know why, I have created this post! Hopefully this will help those who don’t understand the costs of a new pet from a breeder!
Many people do not know what it takes to be a breeder! In order to perceive breeders expenses one must look at the many costs they endure… costs affiliated with breeders are significantly higher than someone who owns one or two kitties. Plus you have to assume they are spending hours with the kitties to socialize them and hours taking pictures and videos! At least you HOPE SO!!!
Let’s take a look at all what a breeder usually pays for!
And if your breeder isn’t purchasing these things RUN! They are not taking care of their babies or the parents!
Once you see this list your understanding of costs associated with buying from a breeder will broaden!
These costs are based on having 8 to 10 adults which is a yearly projection of needs for kitties and kittens produced.
Multiple Automated kitty litter boxes and scooping litter boxes $350.00
Crystal cat litter weekly cost $50.00
• 70 plus lbs of cat food monthly (high protein/no fillers quality) 4 -16 lbs bags
• Treats and catnip!
• Goats milk 2- (2 lb bags) monthly
• Medications such as flea control/ antibiotics/worm medications $
• Advertising expenses
• Website hosting monthly expenses
• Costs for taking payments -percentage deducted by payment merchants and their monthly service fees
• Costs for financing to the finance company
• Toys for the cats and kittens
• Kitty furniture not always monthly but every few months a new item!
• Veterinarian costs for adults and kittens
• Emergency Vet funds (on hand)
• Surgery expenses if a birthing issue occurs
• Security deposits with landlords
• Cleaning supplies
• Cat/pet carriers
• Grooming supplies
• Kitty tents/corrals/fences/gates
• Kitty bottles/nursers
• Cat scratching poles/pads
• Finally their initial costs for the cats they breed with when they bought their
babies from a breeder when they first started out!