Reigning Cats - Maine Coon and Siberian Cats and Kittens

"Where the Cats Rule"

Preparing for Your New Kitten

FEEDING:   KITTEN-PROOFING:
  • I free-feed the dry food for my cats and kittens, which the kittens begin eating around 4 weeks of age. My favorite dry food is Life's Abundance Pet food which the cats and kittens love and you can order it to be shipped directly to your door. The link is Life's Abundance Pet Food. I use both the regular and Grain free food. Either is fine, preference on grain free. This food is shipped fresh from their own manufacturing plant, so they have the best quality control you can ask for!
  • Cats and kittens also get canned cat food in the morning and evening. I recommend ordering your cat/kitten food from Life's Abundance Pet Foods. I also feed the Life's Abundance Treats and Supplements.
  • Raw meat. I feed my cats raw meats as well, in lieu of one of the canned food feedings. They get ground beef, turkey or chicken (although chicken is their least favorite), or beef stew meat that you can find in the grocery store. I buy all natural/organic meat products. I also use organ meats such as chicken hearts, gizzards, and beef heart. You can mix the raw meat with an egg, plain yogart, or some cottage cheese. If you live near a specialty pet food store, you can buy the raw meats already prepared for you which contain vegetables as well. I use Blue Ridge Pet Foods; they love the Kitten Mix, Puppy Mix, beef and bone, venison and ground quail. The cats do not like Aunt Jeni's frozen foods, so don't waste your money on it.
  • Additions to foods: When feeding raw meats, I add a powder supplement. I like Only Natural Pet's Ultimate Cat Vitamins. A great prebiotic to add to their food is called Pawbiotics. It is human grade. Another great product is Total-Zymes and Total Biotics. I HIGHLY recommend adding enzymes and pre- and probiotics to your pets food daily! Make sure they are guaranteed live.
 
  • Keep all household plants out of the kitten's reach. Some houseplants such as ivy and philodendron are poisonous and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or even death.
  • Avoid toys that have sharp edges or parts that your kitten might swallow.
  • Beware of sewing thread, yarn and toys with strings. Stringy material is dangerous if ingested.
  • Keep all medicines and household cleaning agents locked up. Clean your house with clorox or vinegar. Many household cleansers are harmful to cats and are irritating to breathe. Don't use carpet deodarizers, powders, etc. Remember, the cats are closer to the floors and the chemical smells can be overwhelming to them.
  • Never use Lysol spray around your pets!
  • Shut the bathroom door when running water in a bathtub and keep toilet seats closed. Do not leave buckets of water around for the kitten to fall into.
  • Secure unscreened windows and secure screens on all other windows. There are sceens that are made for pets now that you can buy at your local hardware store. These screens are stronger and cannot be clawed or torn.
  • Close all garage and appliance doors. Check before you leave the house to make sure the kitten can't escape out the door.
  • Keep doors closed to any unfinished room in your house or basement to keep the kitten from getting into the ceiling or the walls.
  • I recommend high quality hepa filters for use in your house to keep the air clean.
  • Here's a great video on Handy Tips for Cleaning Pet Hair from your furniture or clothes: http://www.reshareworthy.com/cleaning-up-pet-hair/

LITTER BOX:   GROOMING:
  • I recommend one litter box per cat.
  • I prefer the large, deep, covered boxes as it helps to keep the litter inside the box. A plastic storage tub is also sufficent and helps to keep the litter inside the tub. Make sure you don't use too large of a tub as it will be more of a problem when trying to clean it. If you have dogs, try the Clevercat tubs with the lid on it.
  • The most natural, environmentally healthy brand of litter that I like is called Swheat Scoop. It is made out of wheat and is clumping. It can be flushed and dosn't contain clay or chemicals. I also use other clumping litters as well. Any brand is good, the better the quality, the better the clumping ability and less dust. I prefer non-scented... who wants their house to smell like fresh cat litter? DO NOT USE PINE LITTER. It will not cover the poop and can stain white fur.
  • Scoop the litter at least one time a day, preferrably two times a day. I use the Jumbo size plastic litter scoop. I've found them at www.chewy.com. I buy either the Petmate Giant Scooper or the Van Ness Pureness Extra Giant Long Handle.
  • If using scoopable, replace litter with fresh litter as it deplenishes. Every few weeks, dump the entire box, wash with water and clorox or vinegar(1:8), dry, then refill with about 3 inches of fresh litter. You can also spray your litter box with a spray-on cooking oil, such as Pam. This helps to prevent the litter from sticking to the bottom of the pan and makes cleanup much easier.
  • I use a tracking mat in front of my boxes to keep the litter from getting tracked onto the carpet.
  • Upon arrival to their new home, show the kitten where his litter box is by placing him inside the box and petting him.
  • Put the litter box where the kitten can get to it. If you have a multiple level house, you might consider putting a litter box on each level until the kitten gets older. This will ensure that he can get to the box when he needs to go.
 
  • Comb your cat regularly to minimize matting and hairballs, control excessive shedding, and minimize the need for bathing. I use a stainless steel comb. Pay attention to the cats mane, ruff, and hair under the arms and on the back of their legs. I like to use a stainless steel comb and for mats, a rake style comb that has rotating teeth.
  • To break apart mats, you can get a seam ripper or an envelop opener that has the small razor in it.
  • Clip their claws every 2 weeks using nail clippers. To get the kitten used to having their claws clipped, try clipping a few claws at a time. Handle the kittens paws frequently so they are used to the feel. As you pet your kitten, pet down their legs and paws too to help them get used to having their paws handled.
  • If the coat of your cat starts to clump or look oily, you should give him a bath. Start with a degreaser shampoo. Life's Abundance (www.mypetfoodonline.com) has a great all-around pet shampoo. Purrinlot has two wonderful shampoos that are wonderful and smell fabulous! One is a degreaser, the other is a nice conditioning shampoo. Use the degreaser if your cats has a greasy coat. Chubbs Bars also has a nice degreaser bar (the original unscented bar) of soap for your cat. Lather the cat up with the shampoo or bar of soap and then rinse, rinse, and keep on rinsing! Be sure to keep your bathroom warm so the cat doesn't get chilled. Check out the link to Purrinlot below. They have a great grooming video on their website!

 

VETERINARIAN and VACCINATIONS:   TRAINING:
  • Visit your veterinarian within 3 days after receipt of your new kitten.
  • Give your veterinarian the medical information that I have provided you in your Kitten Folder so he can advise you as to when the boosters are due. I recommend a final booster distemper vaccination at 4 or 5 months of age to assure their immune system gets the coverage they need. Often their mothers immunities are still in the kittens system for several months. Giving them a booster at 4 to 5 months helps to protect the kitten after the mothers immunities are gone. Give one additional distemper vaccine at 1 year of age. After that, their immune system is sufficient and should not need additional vaccinations. I recommend doing a titer test to determine if the cat needs additional vaccinations.
  • Only use non-adjuvanted vaccines! Ask your vet about the health risks and side affects associated with all vaccines! Using adjuvanted vaccines will void your health guarantee!
  • A rabies vaccine is due by the time they are 4 months old. I prefer the PureVax Rabies vaccine since it is safer than the other brands of vaccines.
  • My cattery cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids. Do NOT give your kitten the Leukemia or FIP vaccines. They are not necessary since the kittens are to be kept strickly indoors and these vaccines have long-term side effects that are determental to the cats' health. This will void your health guarantee!
  • Set up an appointment to have the kitten spayed/neutered by the time s/he is 6 months old. Send the spay/neuter certificate that you received from your vet to Reigningcats. Scan and email is the best. Snail mail to: 2800 N 6th St. #5015, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
  • Please be educated at what your Veterinarian is suggesting for treatment of your pet!!! Always ask why before jumping into expensive tests and procedures. Get a 2nd opinion if the procedure is questioned or too expensive! I do not recommend the food or suppliments that the Vet sells.
 
  • Use positive reinforcement (praise, treats and toys) for good behavior.
  • Squirt you kitten with a water bottle when he misbehaves, then look away so he associates the water with bad behavior and not with you.
  • Show your kitten how to sharpen his claws on a scratching post. Give praise when she uses the post. Use treats on the post as positive reinforcement.
  • Play with the kitten around the scratching post so he associates the fun times with the scratching post.
  • Place the scratching post in an area the kitten will walk by, preferably in front of the corner of the furniture. This will teach the kitten to use the post, not the furniture. I recommend the cardboard-style box scratchers, they are inexpensive and you can buy several to place around your house. As the kitten gets older, he will also be attracted to the catnip that comes in the box. Carpeted scratching posts only encourages and trains your cat to use carpet.... be sure this is what you want before purchasing a carpeted scrathing post.
  • Use spray-on Catnip for vertical scratching posts.
  • Do not use your fingers as a toy. This will train the kitten to bite you and you want to avoid this. Instead, use a fishing-pole style toy, some balls, or a wadded up piece of paper to play with the kitten.

 

Your Kitten Shopping List
  1. Kitten Food - Dry, Canned, Fresh and Raw Meats. I recommend Life's Abundance Pet Food, www.MyPetFoodOnline.com or click on the image to the right. Grain free dry. Get the Treats and the Supplements!
  2. Enzymes and Pre- and Probiotics - Make sure they are live! It is essential to have this added to your pet food! It maintains their gut health which supports the nutrients that you are feeding them along with helps as a defense against diseases. Although the brand of food that I highly recommend contains some pre- and probiotics, I always add more to the canned food to ensure that they are getting live products and covers a larger amount of biotics and enzymes. Try Pawbiotics or Total Zymes and Total Biotics. You can get these on Amazon.
  3. Food and Water Bowls (flat-bottom, heavy or weighted bowls that will not tip over. Crock style or stainless steel recommended; no plastic!)
  4. Rubber Mat to place under the food and water bowls.
  5. Litter Box, Litter Scoop, Litter and tracking mat - I prefer the PetMate Large litter scoop or Van Ness Cat Litter Scoop. Get a deep/covered/LARGE litter box, or use a plastic storage bin. The plastic storage bin is my personal favorite as it helps to keep the litter INSIDE the bin and you get less tracking onto your floor.
  6. Toys - balls, mylar toys, "Da Bird", laser light, interactive toys, catnip toys, furry mice toy, etc.
  7. Scratching Post - The cardboard styles work wonderfuly. No carpet! You can also get sisal rope style posts. If you use the cardboard style, see the link below for Nantucket Cat as they make a wood box that is angled and holds the cardboard in place.
  8. Spray-type CatNip - spray regularly on the scratcher posts and trees.
  9. Cat Carrier - I prefer the PetMate Top Loading Kennel in Medium size. For air travel, I use Strudi Products XLG Carrier and their harness.
  10. Metal Comb - Greyhound style Fine to Medium and Rotating Teeth Rake
  11. Spray Bottle (used to correct behavior)
  12. Scratch NOT! You can get this in Walmart. It is a scratch deterant spray. Use it on your furniture, rugs, etc. daily until you are sure the cat is using the scratcher trees or pads.
  13. Dryer Maid Ball - this is a great ball to put into your dryer. It helps to remove pet hair from your clothes! You can get this at Revival Animal Health, their link is below.
  14. Life's Abundance Bio-Base Bio Deodorizer and Bio-Base Floor Wash - great products for cleaning and deodarizing and are family and pet friendly! Use the Deodorizer spray on your carpet, furniture, cat trees and pet beds. I've used many other deodarizers that are not nearly as effective as this deodarizer spray! You can add it to your floor wash too! The floor wash is effective and pet friendly! Both of these products are evnironmentally safe too! Pet Care Link
  15. Detangular Mist for Matts - be sure to comb your cat occasionally to prevent matted coats. But if you do get matts, then this is a good product to spray onto the matt to help detangle it. Detangular Mist Link
  16. Forever Furless Lillly Brush- fur removing brush for your furniture and clothes. This is the BEST! Love it! Removes hair from your furniture and clothes. Lilly Brush Link
Life's Abundance Pet Food

 

Here are some recommended places to shop and find better products for your kitty:
Life's Abundance Pet Food    724-484-3228
KV Vet Supply     1-800-423-8211
Doctors Foster & Smith    1-800-826-7206
Revival Animal Health    1-800-786-4751
PetEdge    1-800-738-3343
Care-A-Lot Pet Supply Warehouse 1-800-343-7680

Purrinlot Cat Grooming video and great shampoo.

Chubbs Bars Grooming Soap Great soap for grooming!The Original Chubbs Bar degreaser shampoo for cats, dogs, and other pets. Use alone as a degreaser and finishing shampoo (we recommend two lathers on most pets) or use as a degreaser followed by another shampoo of your choice.
Nantucket Cat They have very nice cat furniture and wicker furniture for your cat! Plus he hand makes an angled wood container for the cardboard scratcher that is fabulous!
Chewy.com They have a great selection of cat supplies and litter scoopers!
Mickeys Pet Supplies They have the best cat teaser wand toys!