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- We will send home what they are eating.
3. Wet Food- We use a variety and will send home several cans.
4. Litterbox-Your kitten is already using a large, high sided box.
5. Litter- We use crystal litter and we will send a bag home.
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!
When Baby Comes
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 :)
- Please allow your
kitten dry food and water at all times. We feed wet food twice a day until kittens
- 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
Next Steps for
- 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).
- We recommend if you
wish to change your kitten’s diet, please do so gradually to prevent stomach
- 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.
- When you trim the
nails, check Kitten’s ears and clean if necessary. Just take a cotton round and wipe away any wax you can see. Also, pull the tufts off the
tops of ears, we want them to have a rounded appearance :)
- 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!
- Remember Brits do not
like to be carried around, they prefer to sit beside/on you and receive their
love from you :)
- Enjoy and treasure
your time with your baby and please send lots of photos!!