SilverCharm -  British Shorthairs
Before Baby Comes Home


     1. Food & Water Bowls-We prefer stainless steel or glass. We leave dry food and water down at all times.

     2. Dry Food- Royal Canin Babycat , we will send some home.

     3. Wet Food- We vary types and textures, we will send home your kitten's favorites!

     4. Litterbox-Your kitten is already using a large, high sided box.

     5. Litter- We use Mimi crystal litter (available at Walmart)

     6. Scratching Post- Your kitten already knows how to use it!

     7. Toys- Catnip mice, feathers on a stick, balls, etc.

     8. Cat Carrier- if buying new, buy one large enough for an adult-no need to buy twice!

     9. Nail Clippers-The perfect pair can be found at the dollar store ;)




 

When Baby Comes Home

  1. Have the food, scratcher, and litter box set up in the room your kitten will be staying in for the first few days. We recommend the bathroom or a bedroom.
  2. Put your kitten in the room and leave the carrier in the room also with the carrier door open, some babies like to sleep in the carrier.
  3. If you have other pets, allow them to sniff at each other under the door for a few days. When you feel comfortable introducing them, keep the first few meetings short and sweet :)
  4. Please allow your kitten dry food and water at all times. We feed wet food twice a day until kittens are older.
  5. Every kitten has its own personality, some will warm up to you right away, some will be a bit shy for the beginning. Please allow your kitten to progress at their own pace. Interactive “dangling, fishing-pole type” toys are great for bonding with your new baby!

 

Next Steps for Your Kitten

  1. Don’t forgot to inquire about flea & tick protection with your vet (we use and recommend Revolution, which protects against fleas, worms, and ear mites).
  2. We recommend if you wish to change your kitten’s diet, please do so gradually to prevent stomach upset. We like to feed our growing kittens a mix of Royal Canin Kitten & Solid Gold Indigo Moon dry foods.
  3. Try to clip your kitten’s nails frequently to get them used to trimming. A good item to have on hand is syptic powder in case you cut too close.
  4. When you trim the nails, check Kitten’s ears and clean if necessary. Also, pull the tufts off the tops of ears, we want them to have a rounded appearance :)
  5. The only comb/brush you will need is a metal “greyhound” comb. Just give a quick combing when you do the nails and ears. Be careful on the tail, which is the most sensitive part of the body. Please do not use a “furminator”, your Kitten is supposed to have an undercoat :) Simple weekly combing is enough for a British Shorthair. We like to put a leash on our cats when the weather is nice and comb them outside so we don’t have to clean up the hair!
  6. Remember Brits do not like to be carried around, they prefer to sit beside/on you and receive their love from you :)
  7. Enjoy and treasure your time with your baby and please send lots of photos!!


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